Day Two

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Comedy Writing Workshop Gill Smith

As well as doing stand up comedy, Gill Smith lectures all of the University of Reading's comedy writing classes. Her work has been performed by breakfast-show DJs around the world - including Chris Tarrant

Storytelling Xanthe Gresham

Wonderful flights of fancy from one of our most gifted performers: "Extraordinarily entertaining, in the style of the 1001 Nights with its rapid interweaving of wild stories" - Storylines: Tony Aylwin

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Edge of the Orison Iain Sinclair

Iain Sinclair has lived in (and written about) Hackney, East London, since 1969. His novels include Downriver, Radon Daughters, Landor's Tower and Dining on Stones. Non-fiction, exploring the myth and matter of London, includes Lights Out for the Territory, London Orbital and Edge of the Orison.

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Heathcliff - A Dark Journey Bill Barrow

A member of the Bronte Society for over 20 years, Bill Barrow has lectured extensively on Bronte family history, the Bronte's on film and Wuthering Heights.

The Road to Timbuktu Tom Fremantle

Tom Fremantle's first book, Johnny Ginger's Last Ride, is now a bestseller (well, at least in parts of rural Buckinghamshire!). His latest book, The Road to Timbuktu, centres on a journey down the River Niger in the trail-blazing footsteps of the explorer Mungo Park.

Russian Authors: Were theY the Voices of the Disaffected?

Panel to include Rosamund Bartlett (Chekhov). Richard Freeborn (Turgenev) and Nigel Hawkin

Storytelling Xanthe Gresham
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The Rise and Fall of a Yummy Mummy Tea with Polly Williams

Polly Williams has written for In Style You, The Sunday Times, The Independent and Dazed and Confused. Of her bestselling novel she says "After years of working with the famous and fabulous, I fully expected to become a glamorous, sexy mother (I knew the tricks, right?). In reality, after many weeks of no sleep, no sex and no glamourous interludes of any kind, I began to smell a conspiracy. So, rather than face another post-natal Pilates class, I wrote. And I wrote the book I wanted to read."

How to get your Book Published

Ask the experts: BBC radio broadcaster John Waite, (You and Yours), author Iain Sinclair, editor Juliette Mitchell, publisher George Greenfield and bookseller Robin Mawhood will answer your questions.

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Journey into Scaredy Places Shoo Raynor

Author and illustrator of over ninety childrens books, including such well-loved series as The Ginger Ninja, The Rex Files, Scaredy Cats and Little Horrors.

Dickens and "The Moving Age" Dr. Anthony Williams

The Age in which Charles Dickens lived saw the enormous changes in travel and transport and his writing goes deeply into the different layers of nineteenth-century experience as it takes its 'impress from the moving age'. Dr Tony Williams is currently Joint General Secretary of The International Dickens Fellowship.

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The Thing About Jane Spring Sharon Krum

An Australian based in New York, Sharon Krum writes about everything from celebrities to fashion to health - her recent interviews include Jodie Foster, Kathleen Turner and director David Lynch. Her first novel Walk of Fame has been sold to 20th Century Fox, and Paramount has just bought The Thing About Jane Spring. She is currently at work on a third novel, The Doctor Will See You.