The former Monty Python comedian, film actor, writer, TV presenter and raconteur will be appearing on the opening day of the festival, Friday 6th July 2012, and tickets went on sale to the general public today. Palin’s novel, about a writer called Keith Mabbut, is set in London and India and is published the day before his festival talk.
The festival, held at the beautiful Dartington Hall near Totnes, will run until 16th July and features more than 150 speakers including Hilary Mantel, John McCarthy, Julian Clary, Jung Chang, Jenny Eclair, P.D. James, Claire Tomalin and Michael Frayn.
There will also be a Telegraph Question time event about the London 2012 Olympics. In addition, broadcaster Jeremy Vine will look back over a quarter of a century at the BBC, and David Lammy MP will explore the state of Britain in the wake of last summer’s riots.
The Ways With Words Festival is now in its 21st year and Festival President Roy Hattersley said: “Uniquely among British festivals, Ways With Words offers a chance for speakers and listeners to meet and continue the huge variety of talks and discussions which fill the days. And it all happens in the wonderful setting of Dartington Hall.”