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Yeovil Lit Fest top picks

With over 40 writers, comedians and assorted celebs on the bill at this year's festival, here are Muddy's favourite five

Yikes! Yeovil’s Literary Festival’s now in its fifth year and they’ve got some corkers on the bill.  After a shufty at the programme of over 40 writers, comedians, gardeners, politicians, celebs  (and more) over the three-day festival,  here’s the Muddy musn’t miss list…

THE ROCK STAR: Suzie Quatro

Actually, it’s Dr Suzi Quatro to you and me, the leather-clad rocker was made an honorary doctorate of music by Anglia Ruskin University last year. She’s going to be talking about her life and work, including 28 hit singles (Can the Can and Devil Gate Drive), over 55m record sales and her writing. You didn’t know she was a poet and a novelist? Her new novel The Hurricane is out now.

Friday 27 October, 8pm, Octagon Theatre.

THE FOODIE :  Jay Rayner

Observer food critic, Masterchef judge and host of Radio 4’s Kitchen Cabinet Jay Rayner, nearly caused an international crisis when his review of the famous Michelin three-star restaurant Le Cinq at the George V Hotel in Paris was less than flattering (a dish of gratinated onions were ‘mostly black, like nightmares’ and canapes compared to a Barbie-sized silicone breast implant). No such furore this time, surely, when he talks about the new foodie rules we should live by, in his book The Ten (Food) Commandments,

Saturday 28 October, 4pm, Octagon Theatre.


Standup, journalist, writer and Bruton School for Girls alumna uses the Russian classics as a self-help guide to answer life’s most important questions. Don’t know what to do with your life? Anna Karenina had the same problem. Paranoid about a moustache appearing on your upper lip? So was Natasha in War & Peace. All in her new book, The Anna Karenina Fix.

Friday 27 October, 2pm, The Manor Hotel.


Joanne Harris describes herself as a test driver of experimental dream machines, does a little bit of writing. Loved Chocolat (the first of her many bestsellers) and the film with Juliette Binoche and can’t wait to find out more about her new book.  A Pocketful of Crows, inspired by old almanacs discovered on a visit to Skye was written in a frenzied three weeks on her return.

Friday 27 October, 12 noon, The Octagon.


He’s all over the TV and hosts Radio 4’s The News Quiz, but he’ll always be Archie from Balamory to me. The insufficiently Belgian Miles Jupp chats about Egg and Soldiers, his new fictional memoir about the minor celebrity chef Damien Trench from his radio series In and Out of the Kitchen.

Saturday 28 Oct, 2pm, The Octagon.

Yeovil Literary Festival, Thurs 26–Sun 29 October, various venues around town. Full programme and tickets from the festival website  and The Octagon Theatre.

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