Eclectic arts programme

Vince Cable
Vince Cable

The sixth annual Thame Arts and Literature Festival takes place this weekend with a multitude of speakers.

Describing itself as A Whole Weekend of Inspiration, this year there are 36 talks, drama, poetry and film presentations playing at venues across the market town from Friday (October 16) through to Sunday October 18..

This year’s subjects include the French Resistance (Prof Robert Gildea), the gardens at Eythrope House (Lady Mary Keen), clothes rationing (Julie Summers), the life of Clementine Churchill (Sonia Purnell), stations of the Great Western Railway (James Attlee) and Thunderbirds.

Add in Dominic Sandbrook’s The Great British Dream Factory and Vince Cablespeaking about the British economy and TAL is set for an inspiring and enjoyable weekend.

This year’s Founder’s Lecture, The Diet Myth, is given by gentic epidemiologist Dr Tim Spector. And on a lighter note comedienne Helen Lederer visits with her first novel Losing It. There are also several poetry events, workshops and events for children.

The Saturday evening conert, Pepys and Purcell, will feature Thame’s Chamber Choir and actor Bruce Alexander at St Mary’s Church.

Tickets for all events are available online (, by phone 0871 288 3421 or in person from the box office in Thame Town Hall, 9.30am-4pm onThursday, Friday and Saturday.

Full details of all events, dates and times can be found on the TAL website.