Iwlf Featured2022


2022 Iwlf Robert Hardman BcThe Isle of Wight Literary Festival has confirmed Red Funnel as the headline sponsor for this year’s event, as well as announcing some of the speakers for the 2022 festival, which will be held at Northwood House in Cowes from 6th-9th October 2022.

For the festival’s 10th anniversary – and in this the Platinum Jubilee year – the theme of Royalty is celebrated. Speakers include:

Robert Hardman – a best-selling author and writer of acclaimed television documentaries on the monarchy. Queen of our Times draws on the insights from those who know her best, and through access to unseen papers, Robert explores the full astonishing life of Elizabeth II who has proved an astute and quietly determined figure leading her family through more than 70 years of unprecedented social change.

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Tracy Borman – a historian, author and broadcaster, and a regular presenter at the festival. Her latest work Crown and Sceptre charts the history of the British Monarchy from 1066 to today showing how it has evolved over time while remaining at the centre of our religious, political and cultural identity.

Ingrid Seward – a leading royal biographer and commentator and is Editor in Chief of Majest Magazine. Her biography, Prince Philip Revealed – A Man of His Century details how Philip as the Queen’s most valuable and loyal companion also created a role for himself by modernising the monarchy, campaigning to protect the environment, championing science and inspiring the young through the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

Hugo Vickers – a well-known biographer, lecturer and broadcaster and an acknowledged expert on the Royal Family. Writing with HRH the Duke of Kent, A Royal Life, details the Duke’s life as a working member of the Royal Family throughout the Queen’s reign.

History and Science also feature at this year’s festival as archaeologist and TV presenter Dr Ben Robinson will talk about his latest book: England’s Villages: Extraordinary Journey Through Time. Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock – space scientist, educationalist and presenter of  BBC ‘s The Sky at Night – will answer big questions for young scientists in Am I Made of Stardust?

A full list of the speakers currently announced can be found at https://isleofwightliteraryfestival.com/2022-speakers/.

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Julia Dams, Programme Director for the festival, says:

“We are delighted to confirm that Robert, Tracy, Ingrid, Hugo,  Ben and Maggie have agreed to take part in this special festival.  Over the coming weeks we will be announcing many more exciting speakers in a rich and varied programme of over 50 speakers offering something for all.”

“After two years of a ‘digital’ festival as a result of covid we are so pleased to be welcoming our loyal audiences back to Northwood House” said Maggie Ankers, Chair “and Red Funnel’s continued support will help us ensure the anniversary event is accessible to all.”

Details of the programme will be announced on www.isleofwightliteraryfestival.com soon.

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