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WordTheatre gave voice to great writing in our three part series Forbidden Fruit: Erotica; Here Hear; Little Monsters; and Sunday Best: Short Stories from The Sunday Times Magazine. Contemporary Short Fiction was brought to life by an international cast that included Julian Sands (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Ian Hart (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone), David Morrissey (Red Riding Trilogy), Harriet Walter (Babel), Tom Riley (Bouquet of Barbed Wire), Helen Atkinson Wood (Black Adder), Emma Hamilton (The Tudors), John Schwab (The Complete Works of William Shakespeare), Matt Barber (Being Human), Juliet Stevenson (Truly Madly Deeply), Amanda Maple-Brown (Home & Away), Okezie Morro (Gulliver’s Travelsand Guy Paul (Mary Stuart, Broadway).

Produced by Cedering Fox, Kirsty Peart and John Schwab and directed by Cedering Fox.



23:45 – 00:40 (Literary Arena) Forbidden Fruit: Erotica
An original theatrical collage of some of the best Erotica in literary history, much of which has been banned in various parts of the world. Featuring selections from the writings of Sappho, Nabakov, Anais Nin, DH Lawrence, Henry Miller, Erica Jong and many, many more. Featuring Sarah Mallock on Electric Violin. Script created by Cedering Fox.


11:30-12 (Sunday Times Tent) Ben Okri, Okezie Morro & Sarah Mallock

The writings of Booker Prize winner Ben Okri (The Famished Road) performed by Okezie Morro and the writer himself accompanied by Sarah Mallock on electric violin.


7:20-8:30 (Literary Arena) Here Hear

“East Coast – West Coast” by Will Cohu (author in attendance) performed by Ian Hart, “The World by Susan Orlean” performed by Emma Hamilton, “The Tablecloth of Turin” by Ron Carlson performed by Guy Paul, “The Knocking” by David Means performed by David Morrissey and “Seeing Eye Dog” by Brad Watson performed by Matt Barber.



11-12 (Literary Arena) Sunday Best: Short Stories from The Sunday Times Magazine
“The Hobblers” by Dan Chaon performed by Tom Riley, “Akedah” by Steve Almond read by Juliet Stevenson, “Comma” by Hilary Mantel performed by Harriet Walter, “The Lie” by Ben Okri read by Julian Sands. Introduced by Cathy Galvin, Deputy Editor of The Sunday Times Magazine.


11:00 AM -12:00 PM (Sunday Times Tent) Little Monsters
Ian Hart reading “Ladybirds for Lunch” by Hanif Kureshi, Juliet Stevenson reading “Sunday’s Child” a story by Evgenia Citkowitz, David Morrissey reading “The Monster” by Toby Litt, “The 

Gold Lunch” by Ron Carlson performed by John Schwab and “Condemned” by John Edgar Wideman performed by Okezie Morro.

12:40-1:20 (Poetry Arena) Julian Sands reading the poetry of Harold Pinter
Personally tutored by Pinter, Julian adds insights and anecdotes – at once frank, funny, poignant and personal – to Pinter’s work. Sands became familiar with Pinter’s poetry several years ago when Pinter requested Julian read them on his behalf at a recital as his own voice was temporarily impaired.