Festival 2018

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The 20th Graham Greene International Festival will take place In Berkhamsted, Thursday 20th September to Sunday 23rd September 2018.  Put those dates in your diary NOW. Next year we welcome a new Festival Director, Dr. Martyn Sampson (pictured right). IMG_0952_preview

Martyn has been a festival regular for several years. We take this opportunity to thank our outgoing director Mike Hill for five wonderful festivals. But don’t despair. Mike’s distinctive Yorkshire vowel  sounds will still be much in evidence at future festivals.

Please keep checking this page regularly in the coming months to learn about the upcoming festival. If you will be a newcomer, welcome to a very friendly event, which is truly international in flavour with visitors coming to Berkhamsted, literally from all over the world.

And if you are a regular, please spread the word among friends and family.







If you were able to attend, here are some memories of the 2017 Graham Greene Festival:































Programme Digest
Thursday 21 September
Court House & Berkhamsted Common
2.15pm :  Graham Greene’s Common– guided walk, with readings, led by Brian Shepherd.
The Town Hall
5.15 for 6.00: Drinks and Film Supper
7.15 for 7.30: Berkhamsted Town Hall: Film- The Fugitive (based on The Power and the Glory). Introduced by Mike Hill.
Friday 22 September
The Town Hall
9.45-10.45am: The Five Lives of the Congo Journal – a talk by Professor Michael Meeuwis on the diary Greene kept when he went to the Belgian Congo.

11.15am-12.15pm: The Priesthood and Graham Greene’s writing. The Reverend Giles Fraser is interviewed by Mike Hill on the nature of the priesthood and how it is represented in Greene’s writings.
2.30-3.30: Our Man in Hanoi: the strange and enduring friendship of Graham Greene and confidential agent Trevor Wilson: a talk by Professor Kevin Ruane

4.00-5.00: Brighton and Beyond: Writing Modern Crime Fiction: a talk by best-selling novelistPeter James
The Civic Centre
7.30-9.45: Film night: Confidential Agent. Introduced by Mike Hill.
Saturday 23 September
Deans’ Hall
9.45-10.45: Guy Burgess, Soviet Spy, and Graham Greene: a talk by Andrew Lownie, literary agent and biographer of Burgess.
11.15-12.15: Judging a book by its cover: Tim Hetherington, designer of the Vintage Greene book covers, is interviewed by Mike Hill about his work.
2.30-3.30:Writing Modern Fiction: best-selling novelist Louise Doughty is interviewed about her work and the craft of writing fiction by Dr Creina Mansfield.
4.00-5.00: Graham Greene and the Honorary Consul: a talk by Pierre Joannon, formerly Irish Honorary Consul in Nice, about the Graham Greene he knew.
5.15: The Birthday Toast: by Pierre Joannon.
Old Hall
7.45 Buffet Supper
Sunday 24 September
9.00am: Outside Old Hall: a tour of the school archives, including a look at the Exhibition Room, the green baize door, Old Hall and the school chapel.
VIth Form Centre,, Castle Street
9.45-11.00:David Pearce on Graham Greene: a tribute to the late David Pearce, captured on radio and film talking about Graham Greene.
11.30-12.45pm: ‘Vivat Bristowa’: Graham Greene, Berkhamsted and the unfinished novel: a talk by Mike Hill.
Old Hall
1.00 Farewell Lunch.
In addition…
• Greene exhibitions
• Festival bookstall
• Richard Frost’s bookstall