The York Literature Festival will continue its partnership with St Peter’s School, York this year, with four high profile events taking place at the School as part of the Festival programme.
The collaboration of York’s oldest school and one of the city’s youngest festivals started last year with the hosting of a talk by novelist Tracy Chevalier, but it has grown significantly for this year’s festival.
Former Home Secretary Alan Johnson MP will visit the school on Saturday 22nd March to talk about ‘This Boy’, his memoir of growing up in very poor conditions in post-War London. The book was very well received by critics, and praised for its honesty and lack of sentimentality. Mr Johnson has local connections, being Member of Parliament for Hull West and Hessle.
On Monday March 24th, Sir Andrew Motion will give a public reading from his acclaimed new poetry collection ‘The Customs House’, as well as answering audience questions. Sir Andrew is a former poet laureate and current president of the Campaign to Protect Rural England. This event is being sponsored by St Peter’s and so all tickets will be free.
BBC presenter John Humphrys makes his appearance at St Peter’s on Saturday 29th March. The author and presenter of Mastermind and BBC Radio Four’s Today programme will be in conversation with York Literature Festival Director Miles Salter, discussing his Welsh background, his experiences in broadcasting and his love of language.
The School’s final visitor of the Festival will be Professor Robert Winston, in conversation with St Peter’s Head Master Leo Winkley on Monday 31st March. Professor Winston is one of the UK’s foremost scientists, known as much for his BBC programmes as for his pioneering work in reproductive science and fertility treatments. His Festival debut will see him discuss science, medical ethics and his career as one of the UK’s foremost scientists.
The venue for all four Festival events will be the School’s newly refurbished Memorial Hall, also used for the School’s extremely popular public lecture programme which has welcomed speakers from AC Grayling to astronomer Mark Thompson.
Ben Fuller, who oversees public lectures for St Peter’s, said:
We are delighted to be one of the Festival’s partners and to have such an exciting and diverse range of speakers coming this year. All are welcome to join us; tickets are selling fast.