Day 1 – Thursday 29th September 2022

Afternoon session

Court House, beside St Peter’s Church

£6

2:15 – Graham Greene’s Common: A guided walk (under three miles; includes uphill stretches and WWI trenches) led by Richard Shepherd and Judy Mead, with readings from A Sort of Life and The Human Factor. Assemble outside the Court House for introduction. Cars/lifts and stout walking shoes required for the start of the walk at Inns of Court War Memorial, New Road Car Park. If wet, illustrated talk with readings in the Court House.

Evening session

The Town Hall

£27.50

5:30 – Opening Night Supper: 5:30 – meet for drinks at pay bar. 6:30 – waitress-served two-course supper with coffee; vegan/vegetarian option.

Evening film

Civic Centre

£13

8:00 – Film: Across the Bridge: (Arthur Rank,1957, 103 mins) British thriller directed by Ken Annakin and starring Rod SteigerDavid Knight and Bernard Lee. Plus introduction.

Day 2 – Friday 30th September 2022

Morning session

The Town Hall

£21

9:45 – Our Thespians in Havana: Filming ‘Our Man’ in early-Revolutionary Cuba: Festival Director Christopher Hull (Chester Uni) reveals the local sensitivities about how their island would be portrayed in Carol Reed’s production, just four months after the 1959 Cuban Revolution.

10:45 – Break for tea and coffee

11:15 – Greene in the stalls: Theatre Director Svetlana Dimcovic reflects on Greene’s plays and their relevance to audiences today, recent revivals, and the power of Greene to make us feel he is in the stalls with us today.

Break for lunch

Afternoon session

The Town Hall

£21

2:30 – Ian Fleming’s and Graham Greene’s Intertextual Thrillers: Lucas Townsend (Roehampton University) identifies the remarkable similarities and surprises between their character types, plot directions, and recurrent symbols across their works.

3:30 – Break for tea and coffee

4:00 – Graham Greene, A Teller of Tales and The Mill – His First Story?: Philip Hormbrey uncovered two works in 2021, The Mill and A Dream, which he believes are Greene’s earliest publications. He tells the story that lies behind The Mill, of long forgotten poetry, and of ancestors, of dreams and of treasure.

Evening session

The Civic Centre

£13

8:00 – Film: Monsignor Quixote (Euston Films, 1987, 120 mins) Greene and Christopher Neame adapted the novel into a television film starring Alec Guinness and Leo McKern, plus several other notable actors including Ian Richardson and Graham Crowden. Plus introduction.

Day 3 – Saturday 1st October 2022

Morning session

Deans’ Hall, Berkhamsted School (Castle Street)

£22.50

9:45 – What a life a bibliographer’s must be!’ (Graham Greene, 1964) – tracking down Greene’s writings: Jon Wise considers the early attempts from the 1940s to 1979 to construct a bibliography of Greene’s work. Mike Hill looks at his collaboration with Jon Wise to research and produce their definitive bibliography published in three volumes.

10:45 – Break for tea and coffee

11:15 – Imagining Greene for the Cyber Age: Author Ian Williams (ex-foreign correspondent for Channel 4 and NBC) asks how Greene would have handled the cyber age. The era of criminal hackers, social media, cyber warfare and pervasive surveillance would no doubt have provided plenty of material with which to explore the moral ambiguity and shifting loyalties that run through so much of Greene’s writing.

Break for lunch

Afternoon session

Deans’ Hall, Berkhamsted School (Castle Street)

£30.50, including Birthday Toast

2:30 – Pinkie Brown, Psychopaths and A Plot to Kill: Prof David Wilson (leading criminologist, author and presenter of Channel 4 crime documentaries) discusses the murder of teacher Peter Farquhar by his former student Ben Field, through the lens of Brighton Rock, the character of Pinkie Brown and Psychopathy. Literary psychopaths can act as a template to understand and explain the behaviour of Field.

3:30 – Break for tea and coffee

4:00 – The Dangerous Edge of Spanish Holidays: Graham Greene, Leopoldo Durán and MI6: Carlos Villar Flor (La Rioja Uni) raises the intriguing possibility that Greene’s espionage work might have been behind his frequent travels around Spain with his old friend Father Durán.

5:15 – The Birthday Toast

Evening session

Old Hall, Berkhamsted School (Castle Street)

£45

8:00 – Festival Dinner: three courses with wine and coffee: vegan/vegetarian option.

Day 4 – Sunday 2nd October 2022

Morning session

Old Hall and Careers Centre, Berkhamsted School (Castle Street)

£21

9:00 – A tour of the School Archives: including a look at the Exhibition Room, the green baize door, Old Hall and the School Chapel. (Meet outside Old Hall)

10:00 – Interview: Greene on Greene: An interview with Professor Richard Greene (Toronto University and author of the landmark biography Russian Roulette: The Life and Times of Graham Greene) about his researching and writing on Graham Greene.

11:00 – Break for tea and coffee

11:30 – Film: The Graham Greene Trilogy – Part One: England Made Me: (Arena, BBC, 60 mins). Plus introduction.

Lunch

Old Hall, Berkhamsted School

£30

1:00 – Farewell Lunch: two course cold buffet, wine and coffee; vegan/vegetarian option.