Saturday 9th June 2pm – The Meakin Room 


Simon Mayo is the award-winning presenter of BBC Radio 2’s Drive programme as well as the renowned the Radio 2 Book Club, and we are delighted to welcome him to the Festival to share his debut novel for adults Mad Blood Stirring.

Inspired by real events and real characters the novel tells the story of the American sailors held prisoner in Dartmoor prison in the Second War of American Independence, Mad Blood Stirring tells of a few frantic months in the suffocating atmosphere of a prison awaiting liberation. It is a story of hope and freedom, of loss and suffering and how sometimes, in our darkest hour, it can be the most unlikely of things that see us through.