The Chase star Shaun Wallace and England Ashes hero Matthew Hoggard at Bishop's Stortford College Festival of Literature 2020
The Bishop's Stortford College Festival of Literature 2020 gets under way on February 6 and promises to be another exciting celebration of storytelling in all its forms.
The open events at this year's 11th annual festival begin on Friday, February 7 when England's 2005 Ashes-winning legend Matthew Hoggard will be at the Maze Green Road campus (7.30pm-9pm).
The former international fast bowler will discuss how it feels to represent your country at the top level in a competitive sport and how different life can be afterwards.
Shaun Wallace, aka The Dark Destroyer on ITV's hit quiz show The Chase, takes to the stage on Saturday, February 8 (7.30pm-9.30pm).
Find out what makes a man who's a mastermind at general knowledge by night and a senior criminal defence advocate by day tick.
Inspirational fundraiser Jamie McDonald will be sharing a host of incredible stories on Tuesday, February 11 (6pm-7pm).
Known as Adventureman, he will recount tales of his epic quests and challenges to raise money for sick children and pass on tips about how to break world records.
Best-selling crime writers Tammy Cohen and Emma Curtis will let you into a world of mystery, thrills and danger when they appear at the festival on Wednesday, February 12 (7.30pm-8.30pm).
They will be interviewed by Bishop's Stortford's very own crime author Chris Whitaker as they discuss their novels and the writing process.
The open events conclude on Thursday, February 13. Literature Live with Steve Camden (5.30pm-6.30pm) will see one of the UK's most exciting contemporary storytellers and spoken word artists judge the Senior School reading competition.
And broadcaster, historian and author Clare Mulley (7.30pm-8.30pm) will celebrate the lives of some of our most important, yet forgotten, female figures, in particular the Polish Second World War secret agent Krystyna Skarbek, aka Christine Granville.
In addition to the rich variety of open events, the festival features a series of schools events so there is something for everyone.
Go to www.bishopsstortfordcollege.org/14481/festival-of-literature-2020 for more information, prices and to book tickets.