Queen Camilla Proclaims a Star-Studded Lineup for Her Inaugural Literary Pageant

In February, Queen Camilla carried her ardour for selling literature onto the throne when she relaunched the e book membership she based in 2021 as a charity referred to as The Queen’s Studying Room and set a date for the group’s first annual in-person literary competition. Now, the Queen’s Studying Room has introduced the slate of occasions for the competition, which can happen at Hampton Court docket Palace on June 11, and the listing contains luminaries similar to Dame Judi Dench, Gyles Brandreth, Philippa Gregory, and Ken Follett.

In an announcement, the CEO of the Queen’s Studying Room Vicki Perrin defined the competition’s goals and its relevance to the charity’s aim of offering alternatives for adults and youngsters to understand literature. “There’s a particular sort of magic to be present in a e book, and nice surprise in listening to authors talk about their work,” she mentioned. “I’ve little doubt that guests will discover themselves impressed by these nice minds, take pleasure in connecting with fellow readers and I hope that they may come away remodeled into lifelong literature lovers.”

One of many competition’s marquee occasions is a efficiency and panel in tribute to the late Hilary Mantel, the novelist who cataloged sixteenth century palace intrigue in her award-winning Wolf Corridor trilogy. Mantel, who died final September on the age of 72, shall be remembered with readings by stage actors Ben Miles and Dame Harriet Walter and a dialogue between Gregory and novelist Kamila Shamsie, moderated by the historian David Olusoga. (By the way, Olusoga was additionally a speaking head within the Netflix docuseries Harry & Meghan, the place he mentioned topics together with the legacy of the British empire.)

Dench, an in depth good friend of the royal household, will sit for a wide-ranging dialog with  Brandreth, and the actress will talk about her love for William Shakespeare and share anecdotes from her lengthy profession. Follett with be a part of with fellow authors Ben Macintyre and Robert Harris for a panel referred to as “An Eye For a Spy,” the place they talk about the lasting love for espionage fiction, together with a studying by actor David Harewood, who is understood for his spy-adjacent roles in Homeland and The Night time Supervisor.

Tickets for particular person occasions vary from £17.50 to £150, and the proceeds shall be break up between the Queen’s Studying Room and Historic Royal Palaces, the group that manages Hampton Court docket Palace and different former royal residences. Based on the Queen’s Studying Room, the occasion shall be rounded out by literary-themed palace excursions, a Jane Austen-themed improv troupe, and a schedule of e book signings. 

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