The names of the first confirmed participants in the Gibunco Gibraltar International Literary Festival have just been announced, and it is already promising to be a fascinating event.
The festival consists of talks by a variety of different experts and personalities, and it will take place from 16 to 19 November. Those attending this year will undoubtedly be enthralled by politician and columnist Ann Widdecombe, a popular figure who has written six books including her autobiography.
Jem Poster, a former archaeologist who became a lecturer at Oxford University and is now Emeritus Professor of Creative Writing at Aberystwyth, will be joining forces with fellow author Sarah Burton, who also teaches writing, to lead a one-day writing workshop called Only Connect.
The Gibraltar Lecture will be given this year by Laurence Rees, who has written several books about the Second World War, and also appearing at the festival will be famous heart surgeon Professor Steve Westaby who has recently written a book about his 35-year career.
There will also be music, courtesy of violinist Min Kym, who was the youngest- ever pupil at the Purcell School of Music. She will be interviewed at the festival by BBC journalist Gwenan Edwards.
Another popular face at the festival will be Dame Jenni Murray, presenter of Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, who has written several books and will also be talking to Gwenan Edwards.