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Nathen Amin: The House of Beaufort: The Bastard Line that Captured the Crown
Friday 2nd March, 7.45pm
The Oundle Suite, Fletton House, Fletton Way, Oundle PE8 4JA

The Wars of the Roses were a tumultuous period in English history, with family fighting family over the greatest prize in the kingdom - the throne of England.  Many families were involved but none symbolised the volatile nature of the period quite like the House of Beaufort. Their rise, fall, and rise again is the story of England during the fifteenth century, a dramatic century of war, intrigue and scandal both at home and abroad.  Many books have been written about individual members of the dynasty, but never has the whole family been explored as one.  This book uncovers the rise of the Beauforts from bastard stock of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, to esteemed companions of their cousin Henry V, celebrated victor of Agincourt, and tracks their chastening fall with the House of Lancaster during the 1460s and 1470s.  The hopes and fortunes of the family gradually came to rest upon the shoulders of a teenage widow named Margaret Beaufort and her young son Henry.  From Margaret would rise the House of Tudor, the most famous of all England’s royal houses and a dynasty that owed its crown to the blood of its forebears, the House of Beaufort.  From bastards to princes, the Beauforts are medieval England’s most captivating family.  Nathen’s first book Tudor Wales was released in 2014 and was well-received, followed by a second book called York Pubs in 2016.  He is currently working on his fourth book Pretenders to the Tudor Crown, for release in 2019.  Nathen is also the founder of the Henry Tudor Society and has featured discussing the Tudors on BBC radio and television, as well as in print and online media across the UK.

£1 off early bird tickets bought before 23rd February, available from the Oundle Box Office.

Ed Clarke: Rowan Oakwing 
Saturday 10th March, 2.30–3.30pm
The Great Hall, Oundle School.

Seven years ago, Rowan’s mother left their London home and never returned.  Now Rowan is struggling to keep the family together.  On the anniversary of her mum’s disappearance, Rowan goes to the last spot she saw her.  She sits beneath the same tree in the same park, and cries herself to sleep.  But when she wakes, Rowan isn’t the same at all, she is ten centimetres tall, with tiny oak-leaf wings.  She’s about to go on an adventure in the hidden world of fairies and foxes.  But Rowan’s quest will be perilous, with fearsome enemies at her heels.  If she wants to get home, she’ll need to find the courage she never knew she had, and discover powers she’d never even imagined. During this event, Ed will talk about how he got into writing, despite having little confidence in this at school.  He will then take the children on a journey across London, sharing photos of the real locations visited in the book, and talking about the different fairy tribes that live in the Royal Parks.  He’ll read an extract from Rowan Oakwing, before brainstorming a brand new story with the children to inspire confidence in them to tell their own… 

Suitable for ages 7-11 years old. Tickets £6, £1 off early bird tickets bought before 3rd March, available from the Oundle Box Office.

B. A. Paris: Bring Me Back
Friday 20th April, 7.45pm
St Peter’s Church, Oundle

B. A. Paris is the internationally bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors (2016), her debut novel, a psychological thriller about a seemingly perfect couple which resonated with readers around the world, selling half a million copies in just three months.  This was followed by her second book, The Breakdown (2017), about Cass who left a
woman stranded in a car on a rural road, who was then killed.  The million-copy bestselling author returns with a breath-taking thriller, Bring Me Back, published in March 2018.  Twelve years ago Finn’s girlfriend disappeared.  He told the police the truth about that night.  Just not quite the whole truth…  Now Finn has moved on, but his past won’t stay buried… B.A. Paris is from a Franco/Irish background.  She was brought up in England and moved to France where she spent some years working as a trader in an international bank before re-training as a teacher and setting up a language school with her husband.

Having lived in France for many years, she recently moved back to the UK.  Don’t miss the chance to hear about B. A. Paris’s career to date, her books and future plans! £1 off early bird tickets bought before 13th April available from the Oundle Box Office.

Tickets £8, conc. £6, available from the Oundle Box Office, 4 New Street, Oundle, open
 Mon-Fri 10am to 4pm on 01832 274734  or at www.oundlefestival.org.uk Any queries, call Helen on 07743988181  or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

Oundle Festival of Literature Mar/Apr 2018

Oundle Festival of Literature Mar/Apr 2018