The first ever Warwick Words History Festival takes place in October and will be hosting authors and guest speakers at events in the historic county town

Acclaimed historians, politicians and writers exploring a wide range of aspects of our national history include Juliet Barker, Nicholas Crane, Tom Holland, Tracy Borman, Dr Janina Ramirez, Alison Weir, Chris Skidmore, Taylor Downing, Marcus Berkmann, Giles Milton and Jacqueline Riding.

Warwick and Warwickshire history will also be celebrated in the Festival’s ‘Warwick Revisited’ project.

The Lord Leycester Hospital was founded as a home for ex-servicemen over 400 years ago and the Master, Lt Colonel Gerald Leskinski, will be talking about the history of its magnificent medieval buildings.

Thomas Oken is one of Warwick’s greatest benefactors and his life and times will be featured in a one-man show performed by local historian Trevor Langley as the wealthy cloth merchant.

Other local historians and writers taking part in the Festival include Graham Sutherland, Anne Langley, David Howe, Dr Christine Hodgetts, Julie Moores, and Graham Downie.

Warwick Words History Festival Executive Director Helen Meeke said, ‘History lets us understand the present, and Warwick’s particularly rich history explains much about the town today.  Warwick Words is sure everyone will find something of interest in our first ever History Festival and looks forward to welcoming you.’

There will also be a Special Event on Friday 16 September when popular poet Pauline Prior Pitt makes a return visit to Warwick Words.

Warwick Words History Festival takes place 3 – 9 October 2016. Throughout the coming year Warwick Words will also be presenting a new series of Tea Time Talks in association with the University of Warwick.

For the full Festival programme see www.warwickwords.co.uk