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We’re very proud to be able to confirm the full programme of talks and readings taking place as part of this year’s Kenilworth Arts Festival.  Alongside the brilliant speakers already confirmed to appear, it’s a tremendous honour to be able to reveal we’ll be joined by award-wining Guardian journalist Amelia Gentleman, who’ll be speaking about her incredible work investigating and exposing the Windrush Scandal in 2018. Amelia will be giving a talk ahead of the publication of her forthcoming book, The Windrush Betrayal, which will be published by Faber & Faber in October. We’re also delighted to share that we’ll be joined by author and lecturer Nathan Filer, whose debut novel, The Shock of The Fall, was a Sunday Times best-seller and has been translated into over 30 languages. Nathan will be speaking about his new book, The Heartland, which is an absorbing and profound exploration of schizophrenia and of what it means to be mad.

Other exciting additions to the line-up include Sunday Times best-selling novelist Candice Carty-Williams, who’ll be speaking alongside fellow writer Rosie Price, and debut novelist Claire McGlasson, who’ll be joining Toby Faber at our ‘Faber at 90’ event.

They join a host of acclaimed authors already announced, including human rights campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez, writer & editor Nikesh Shukla, New York Times best-selling authorClare Mackintosh, Kerry Hudson,historical fiction authors Elizabeth Macneal and Caroline Lea, authors from the It’s Not About the Burqa anthology, and more. 

With events exploring subjects such as Windrush, mental health, race, class and gender, this year’s programme is one which gives a platform to some of the most vital and inspiring voices in fiction and non-fiction writing today. 

See the full list of talks and readings taking place as part of this year’s festival below. Tickets for all events are on sale online now through the links below, and will be available from Kenilworth Books next week.

Full list of talks & readings 

Saturday 21st September, Priory Theatre
• 12pm – Historical Fictions: Elizabeth Macneal and Caroline Lea in conversation (buy tickets)
• 1.45pm – Nikesh Shukla: The Boxer (buy tickets)
• 3.30pm – Mariam Khan presents: It’s Not About the Burqa  (buy tickets)
• 5.15pm – Caroline Criado Perez: Invisible Women (buy tickets)
• 7.15pm – Amelia Gentleman: The Windrush Betrayal (buy tickets)

Sunday 22nd September, Priory Theatre
12pm – Children’s Publishing in the Spotlight (buy tickets)
• 2pm – Kerry Hudson: Lowborn (buy tickets)
• 4pm – #MeToo in Fiction: Candice Carty-Williams and Rosie Price in conversation (buy tickets)
• 6pm – Nathan Filer: The Heartland (buy tickets)

NB: A weekend pass is available for all events above, priced at £35 (£27.50 for concessions). This can be purchased online here.  

Wednesday 25th September, Kenilworth Library
• 6.30pm – Faber at 90 ft. Toby Faber and Claire McGlasson (buy tickets)

Friday 27th September, Kenilworth Library
• 6.30pm – Clare Mackintosh: After the End (buy tickets)