Thame Arts & Literature Festival

12th to 16th October


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The Book House has been selling books in Thame since 1972 and stocks thousands of titles.

Book for the TAL FESTIVAL Founder’s Lecture 2016

Lady Anne Heseltine - “Thenford”

Friday 14th October - 7.30pm - Spread Eagle Hotel - £7.00

This is the story of one garden and one family, over a 40-year time period. In their own words, Michael and Anne Heseltine describe the ups and downs of how they set about transforming and expanding a wild, overgrown and often dilapidated woodland into the magnificent garden they have today.

Today, the garden at Thenford has an arboretum which contains more than 3,500 different species of trees and shrubs, including rare plants which were wild-collected by well known plantsmen including Roy Lancaster OBE, Allen Coombes, Keith Rushforth and Chris Chadwell. It is also well-known for its sculpture garden, which has an eclectic collection of work ranging from a white marble Tazza fountain to an enormous statue of Lenin.

Anne Heseltine has been married to Michael Heseltine since 1969.  The Right Honourable Michael Heseltine is a former Deputy Prime Minister and was MP for Henley from 1974 to 2001.

Their joint passion has been working on the garden at Thenford, their family home since 1977.

The Founder’s Lecture is presented by The Book House, High St. Thame





Thame Arts & Literature Festival.

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The Festival Challenge

Every year, TAL Festival brings a range of events that  we think will inform and entertain and we like to challenge our festival visitors to ‘go to something different’

There are 41 events this year ranging from the history of cake to the Somme. Here are just a few of to choose from :

Anne Fine - Former Children’s Laureate and writer of Madame Doubtfire tells us about her work with Calibre Audio Books. Meet this wonderful author at Thame Library on Friday morning.

What better way to spend an hour on Friday morning?

Anna Hope is a fiction writer with a difference. The Ballroom is her second novel and it is truly startling. Her observation of human interaction set in a taught narrative is unusual to say the least. We heartily recommend her to you for an inspiring time on Saturday afternoon.

Sheila Pehrson is the daughter of the Scottish naturalist writer John McNeillie. When he died in 2002, he left a legacy of over 40 books that chronicled life in Scotland. He saw himself as an essayist and a recorder of landscape and natural life but his books did help tell the story of a lost generation. In her book, If the Corncrake Calls, Sheila has put together a beautiful anthology of her father’s work and tells his unique story with a fresh perspective. Definitely not one to be missed.

Book Now and enjoy some wonderful times at TAL Festival

Friday 14th

Saturday 15th

Sunday 16th

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Festival at a glance

What a great opening night to this year’s Festival

Roger McGough and LiTTLe MaCHiNe

were in splendid form.

A packed audience at the Spread Eagle, Thame thoroughly enjoyed themselves

Click on the pictures to see some very short clips.