Trust & Festival News

Corona Virus and the Festival

The Birthplace Trust is keeping the question of whether or not we can go ahead with the 2020 Graham Greene International Festival, 1-4 October under continuous review. At present, we feel it is still too early to take any decision. When we do so we will inform you through this website. In the meantime, please […]

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RESEARCHING AND WRITING ABOUT GRAHAM GREENE

Graham Greene seems to encourage a steady but unceasing stream of researchers and writers who find unexplored avenues and inspiration in his work. This might be because what he wrote touched so many aspects of the human psyche. It might be because the fact that by gaining fame in his own lifetime, he benefited from […]

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NOT FOR BROADCAST

It is a well known fact that Graham Greene refused to appear on television. Intriguingly, therefore, in recent days some footage has emerged of him being interviewed  aboard the transatlantic liner RMS Queen Elizabeth in February 1950. The clue as to why it is now available is the ‘Not for Broadcast’ warning it carries because […]

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Festival 2020 – February Update

More news about the exciting line-up for Festival 2020 has now been released. It seems that ‘theatre’, the environment in which Greene felt he could relax and enjoy himself, is to the fore in several of the themes our contributors have chosen. Ben Frost and Richard Hough will be interviewed by Mike Hill on the […]

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October 2020: just to whet your appetite …

What do the organisers of the 2020 Graham Greene International Festival have in store? Here are a few headlines to tempt you to come to Berkhamsted between 1st – 4th October. Remember 2nd October is Greene’s birth date so there will be a special birthday toast. Professor Richard Greene will be launching his long-awaited biography […]

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The 2019 Festival: Audio Recordings

If you would like to listen again to some or all of the talks which featured at the 2019 Graham Greene International Festival, or listen in for the first time, you can do so by turning to the Resources and Archive page. We are delighted to add this resource to our website and are very […]

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Bernard Diederich

We are saddened to report the passing of Bernard Diederich aged 93. The journalist was a close friend of Graham Greene during the last decades of his life. Notably, he was instrumental in alerting to Greene to the atrocities of the Duvalier regime in Haiti. Greene had visited Haiti briefly in 1963, and had experienced […]

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The Late Greene that Never Was

After Monsignor Quixote (1982), Graham Greene wrote one more full length novel, The Captain and the Enemy (1987). The Tenth Man (1985) does not count as it originated as a 1940s film treatment. However, in the mid-1980s, Greene was confident enough to give a title, On The Way Back, to a new novel to be […]

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A Greene Special

A ‘Greene Special’ is to be broadcast on Sunday 29 December 2019 at 4.00 pm on BBC Radio 4’s Open Book programme. It will be presented by the well-known broadcaster Mariella Frostrup and will feature, among others, Louise Doughty who  appeared at the 2018 Festival and Quentin Falk, familiar to all as the Festival’s own […]

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Novels that shaped our world

This month, the BBC is embarking on an ambitious celebration of literature. It is part of a year-long festival in partnership with libraries and reading groups around the UK led by ‘Libraries Connected’ and supported by Arts Council England. The BBC has assembled an expert panel of six leading British writers, curators and critics to […]

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