Celebrating 20 years of Words by the Water

All of the WBTW:Replay talks are free for you to enjoy and we hope you take as much pleasure in listening to them as we did. If you feel able to support the festival by making a donation we would be very grateful. You will find options to make a donation beneath each talk. 

David Hare – The Apprenticeship of David Hare

In 2000, the National Theatre published its poll of the hundred best plays of the 20th Century. David Hare had written five of them. He recalls his childhood, his early apprenticeship to the trade of dramatist and the price he and those around him paid for his decision to become a playwright.

Words by the Water, 2016
Buy the Book – The Blue Touch Paper: A Memoir
Publisher – Faber & Faber

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Deborah Moggach – Growing Old

Deborah Moggach, bestselling author of ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ and ‘Tulip Fever’, discusses her latest novel ‘The Carer’, which explores the idea that life most definitely does not stop for the elderly – it just moves onto a very different plane, full of surprising twists and turns.

Words by the Water, 2020
Buy the Book – The Carer
Publisher – Tinder Press

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Hashi Mohamed – Making it in Modern Britain

As a barrister raised on benefits who attended some of the worst schools in the country, Hashi Mohamed shares what he has learned about social mobility: from the stark statistics that reveal the depth of the problem, to the failures of imagination, education and confidence that compound it. He asserts we have more power than we realise to make changes.

Words by the Water, 2020
Buy the Book – People Like Us
Publisher – Profile Books

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Juliet Barker – Demolishing the Myth of the Brontës

The story of the Brontës is well documented as a doomed family of genius. Biographer and historian Juliet Barker sheds new light on this literary family, challenges some commonly held misconceptions and shares her first-hand research from Brontë manuscripts and historical documents previously overlooked.

Words by the Water, 2016
Buy the Book – The Brontës
Publisher – Abacus

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Luke Harding – Edward Snowden: The Whistle Blower

Edward Snowden remains in exile in Russia facing espionage charges for the biggest security breach in history which exposed the activities of the USA’s National Security Agency. Prize-winning Guardian journalist Luke Harding uncovers Snowden’s story and explores the concept of individual privacy in the age of the internet.

Words by the Water, 2017
Buy the Book – The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man
Publisher – Guardian Faber Publishing

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Peter Stanford – Luther: Man of the Moment

On the 500th anniversary of Luther’s nailing his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Peter Stanford examines the man, the myth and the mass movement that his act of rebellion provoked. Journalist and broadcaster, Peter Stanford explores this complex, often charismatic man of God.

Words by the Water, 2017
Buy the Book – Martin Luther: Catholic Dissident
Publisher – Hodder & Stoughton

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