The Oldie Literary Lunch

Running from
Last event: Wednesday 19 October 2016 at 12pm
  • Members: £27.90 (no booking fee)
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  • Chester Town Hall

Join us for one of The Oldie Magazine’s famous Literary Lunches right here in Chester. With four speakers, three courses and wine included in the price, this will be a wonderful chance to unwind and be entertained.

The Menu
Terrine of fresh and smoked salmon
Cheshire Pork three ways: Seared Fillet, Treacle Glazed Belly, Confit Shoulder
Fine Apple Tart with apple syrup and clotted cream
Vegetarian option available

About the speakers
Alexander Chancellor presenting a slideshow of Oldie cartoons
The Oldie is particularly well known for the high quality of its cartoons. The magazine’s editor will present some of the best from the last (and first!) 24 years. A must for those in need of a chortle.

Valerie Grove on Grumbling at Large: Selected Essays of J. B. Priestley (pictured)
The biographer, long-serving Times journalist and Oldie contributor has worked with Tom Priestley, JB’s son, to put together a very handsome tome of JB’s best essays. Valerie has also written a biographical introduction.

Francis Beckett on 1956: The Year that Changed Britain
From politics and global conflict to sport and culture, Francis Beckett manages to pinpoint the year that changed Britain forever. Hungary and Suez were invaded, Stalin was exposed and both rock’n’roll and independent television emerged – sex, skiffle and socialism set to rock the post-war Britain we knew.

Elisabeth Luard on Squirrel Pie
Award-winning food writer and The Oldie’s food columnist is one of the culinary world’s wittiest and most evocative writers. After travelling the globe extensively, her latest book takes us on a captivating journey through food and travel as she recounts her memories and experiences everywhere from Ethiopia to Tasmania.


Approx 90 mins

Cinema Lightyear (PG)

1 hr 46 | AD | Lightyear follows the legendary space ranger on an intergalactic adventure alongside a group of ambitious recruits.

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Cinema Where The Crawdads Sing (TBC)

2 hr 5 | AD | A young woman who has lived on her own in the North Carolina marshes after being abandoned as a child, suddenly finds herself accused of a murder.

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Cinema Thor: Love and Thunder (12A)
Movie Theatre

1 hr 59 | Thor is on a quest for inner peace. But his retirement is interrupted by a galatic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher, who seeks the extinction of the gods.

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On Stage The Unthanks
Storyhouse Theatre

Coming to Storyhouse for the very first time, The Unthanks mark the Autumn release of their new album, Sorrows Away.

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On Stage Kit De Waal
Garret Theatre

Author of international bestseller My Name Is Leon, Kit De Waal, comes to Chester Literature Festival.

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On Stage An Evening with David Harewood
Storyhouse Theatre

Birmingham born David Harewood discusses his first book Maybe I Don’t Belong Here. Part of Chester Literature Festival.

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On Stage Joanne Harris #Storytime
Garret Theatre

Intimate, engaging, quirky and darkly magical, appealing to audiences of all ages, but especially lovers of folklore, fantasy and fairytale. 

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On Stage Lemn Sissay: My Name is Why
Storyhouse Theatre

This is Lemn’s life story: a story of neglect and determination, misfortune and hope, cruelty and triumph.

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On Stage Patrick Gale: Mother’s Boy
Storyhouse Theatre

From the bestselling author of A Place Called Winter comes Mother’s Boy, a superb historical novel of Cornwall, class, desire and two world wars.

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On Stage An Evening with Graham Norton
Storyhouse Theatre

Hilarious and heart-warming, don’t miss the chance to spend an evening with one of the UK’s most loved personalities. 

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