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My Name is Why

At the age of seventeen, after a childhood in a foster family and six years in care homes, Norman Greenwood was given his birth certificate. Norman was not his real name, it was Lemn Sissay. He learned that his mother had been pleading for his safe return to her since his birth. This is Lemn’s story, one of cruelty and neglect, determination and triumph. Lemn Sissay (MBE) is one of Britain’s best loved, award-winning poets and performers.

Interviewer: Paul Blezard

Sponsored by: Market Street Kitchen

Photographer Credit: Hamish Brown


The Second Sleep

Robert Harris had a successful career as a journalist and reporter for the BBC before becoming an international bestselling author of historical fiction and thrillers including Munich, An Officer and a Spy and Fatherland. Join him in conversation with Festival Patron Jeremy Vine as he discusses his gripping new thriller The Second Sleep, which is set in a remote Exmoor village.

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Photographer Credit: KT Bruce

Sponsored by: Walter Henry’s Bookshop

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