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Escape your everyday and join us for our summer spectacular from the 7 - 24 July. Public booking is now open across our opera, music, books and jazz series.

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Zoë Playdon

The Hidden Case of Ewan Forbes: The Transgender Trial that Threatened to Upend the British Establishment

The history of how trans people lost their human rights in the 1960s, told through the life of Sir Ewan Forbes, whose legal case was considered so threatening all records of it were concealed for decades.

Mon 18 July 2022

10.00am - 11.00am

Kitty and Al Tait

Breadsong: How Baking Changed Our Lives

An inspiring story of the life-saving power of discovering a passion.

Mon 18 July 2022

12.30pm - 1.30pm

Gill Hornby

Godmersham Park

Bestselling author Gill Hornby discusses her new novel, which was inspired by the true story of Anne Sharp, a governess who became very close with Jane Austen.

Mon 18 July 2022

4.00pm - 5.00pm

Frances Spalding

The Real and The Romantic: English Art Between Two World Wars

Historian and art critic Frances Spalding takes a fresh look at a period of English art that has surged in interest and popularity in recent years.

Tue 19 July 2022

10.00am - 11.00am

Philippa Forrester

On the Trail of Wolves: A British Adventure in the Wild West

TV presenter Philippa Forrester, formerly of CBBC and Tomorrow’s World, takes you through her experiences of living amongst grizzlies and wolves in the wilds of the American West.

Tue 19 July 2022

12.30pm - 1.30pm

Christina Lamb

The Prince Rupert Hotel for the Homeless: A True Story of Love and Compassion Amid a Pandemic

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, a 4-Star hotel in Shrewsbury took in 33 rough sleepers. Locked in together for months, they and the hotel owners wound up transforming each other's lives.

Tue 19 July 2022

5.30pm - 6.30pm

Robert Sackville-West

The Searchers: The Quest for the Lost of the First World War

Extraordinary accounts of those who dedicated their lives to the search for missing British soldiers after WW1 - including Rudyard Kipling and E. M. Forster..

Wed 20 July 2022

10.00am - 11.00am

Anna Keay

A Restless Republic: Britain Without a Crown

Writer, historian and curator Anna Keay brings to life the most experimental decade in Britain’s history. It's the story of how these tempestuous years set the British Isles on a new course, and of what happened when a conservative people tried revolution.

Wed 20 July 2022

4.00pm - 5.00pm

Simon Thurley

Palaces of Revolution: Life, Death and Art at the Stuart Court

A new history of the Stuart monarchy told through the palaces that they constructed and the art that they commissioned and acquired.

Thu 21 July 2022

10.00am - 11.00am

Lady Hale

Spider Woman: A Life

Lady Hale discusses her journey from self-professed ‘girly swot’ to President of the Supreme Court, along with her landmark rulings on Brexit, domestic violence, mental health and equality.

Thu 21 July 2022

12.30pm - 1.30pm