Monday, 1 October 2018

Lots of treats at Festilitt

Parisot Literary Festival.

The third weekend in October will once again set Parisot abuzz with book lovers as the 6th literary festival takes place on 19, 20 & 21 October. There is something for all tastes this year, with a diverse programme that includes history, fiction, literary crime, art and an award-winning playwright.

We have two fantastic historians talking about their latest, fascinating books: Clare Mulley’s ”The Women who Flew for Hitler” explores the lives of two extraordinary women whose skills put them at the heart of the Third Reich but whose choices meant they ended their lives on opposite sides of history. Richard Vinen is Professor of History at Kings College London and his book “The Long ’68” examines the volatile period of social unrest which started as a protest by students at the Sorbonne and quickly spread to include massive national strikes. At its height, around ten million French workers went on strike and the whole state teetered on the brink of collapse. The protests created such fear that De Gaulle secretly fled France for a few hours, and his wife permanently expatriated her jewellery collection.

We always include at least one debut novelist in the Festilitt line-up: Mary Lynn Bracht's hard- hitting debut “White Chrysanthemum" explores a little-told chapter in Korean and Japanese history - the abduction of Korean women to be used as 'comfort women' for the Japanese army. It tells the story of two sisters, Hana and Emi, separated by the second world war as Hani rescues Emi from a Japanese soldier, is captured herself and forced into a military brothel in Manchuria.

Graeme Macrae Burnet is best-known for his Booker-shortlisted novel “His Bloody Project” and he joins us to discuss his two French-set literary crime novels “The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau” and “The Accident on the A35” which pay homage to Georges Simenon's ‘Maigret’.

We also welcome our first ever graphic novelist, Nick Hayes, whose stunningly beautiful book, “The Drunken Sailor” traces the life of the French poet, surrealist and gun runner, Arthur Rimbaud; following him from his childhood in the Ardennes to the absinthe-soaked hedonism of the Parisian gay and literary scenes, to his flight to Egypt, Yemen and Indonesia.

Finally, in another festival first, we will be in conversation with award-winning playwright Mike Poulton about how he translates thrilling fiction into thrilling theatre. Mike adapted Hilary Mantel’s “Wolf Hall” and "Bring up the Bodies” and Robert Harris’s “Cicero trilogy” for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

We will also have our usual second-hand book sale with hundreds of recent books in great condition, at very low prices. If you have any books you can donate, please email

For more details on the authors, please visit our website

If you want to join the Festival dinner on Saturday night or lunch with the authors on Saturday and/or Sunday you must reserve. Please email