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10 Charles Dickens’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood, starring Matthew Rhys and Tamzin Merchant, begins – and, unlike the book, ends – on BBC2.
13 Michael Morpurgo’s much-loved children’s novel War Horse, a long-running favourite at the National and on Broadway, gets the Hollywood treatment. A tearjerking saga about a young soldier and his horse – it was only a matter of time before it was Spielberged.
16 TS Eliot prize. Despite withdrawals from the shortlist over objections to a hedge fund’s sponsorship of the prize, the Eliot remains the UK’s premier poetry award, and its eve-of-event reading is always a treat. This year’s shortlist includes Daljit Nagra, Carol Ann Duffy and John Burnside.
20 Release of film of Coriolanus, an Orson Wellesian effort directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes, with Gerard Butler as Aufidius and Vanessa Redgrave as Volumnia.
24 Costa awards ceremony. The multi-genre shortlist features Matthew Hollis’s biography of Edward Thomas, Andrew Miller’s novel Pure, former Great Ormond Street nurse Christie Watson’s debut novel Tiny Sunbirds Far Away, Carol Ann Duffy’s poetry collection The Bees (also on the TS Eliot shortlist), and debut children’s writer Moira Young’s Blood Red Road.
The 24th is also the 150th anniversary of Edith Wharton’s birth, in danger of being overlooked amid Dickens mania.
31 Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer opens at the National Theatre, starring the former Coronation Street actor Katherine Kelly.
Caomhnú Literary Festival
Bath Literature Festival
Belfast Book Festival
LSE Space for Thought Literary Weekend
North Herts Book Festival x
Further From Festival, Linlithgow
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