Festival 2020


Festival Programme 2020


‘If I had known it, the whole future must have lain all the time along those Berkhamsted streets’.

When Graham Greene wrote that famous opening to his 1971 autobiography he could hardly have predicted that 29 years after his death a large number of his admirers would be preparing to gather in the Hertfordshire town where he was born and brought up to celebrate his writings and his life-story. 2020 will be the 22nd Greene Festival and this year there is the added benefit that the four day festival coincides with his birth date – 2nd October.

The date has been altered slightly in order to accommodate our host’s (Berkhamsted School’s) calendar. Another change this year is that our traditional Saturday venue, the magnificent Dean’s Hall, will be undergoing renovation. This means that the programme for that day will be moved to the equally historic Old Hall.

We are delighted to announce that there will be a familiar face as Festival Director in 2020. Mike Hill (left, with his wife Jean) will take over from Dr. Martyn Sampson who delivered two memorable festivals in 2018 and 2019.

The line up of speakers and other events will be finalised over the coming months and this page will be regularly updated to keep you informed about what to expect. However, we can confirm now that Professor Richard Greene (below, with Professor Kevin Ruane) will talk about his new, single-volume, authorised biography of Graham Greene. This is a very important milestone as an authoritative and unsensational account of the life of this important 20th Century writer is long overdue.

Finally… watch this space and The Trust and Festival News pages for further announcements.