NEWS & EVENTS
Cheltenham Literary Festival
It's terrific to be able to announce that this year, for the first time in nearly a decade, our production company - Storyvault Films - will be making a series of live programmes from the literary festival in Cheltenham. Starting on 7th October for a week, we will be in the Sky Arts tent and broadcasting a full programme covering every aspect of the festival. Sky is also organising a range of attractions and experiences taking place in the tent. We'll be announcing more details of presenters and schedules in the next few weeks, so book-lovers should watch out for an upcoming treat.
Sky Arts Artist of the Year
Once again our TV production company StoryVault Films is in production with our two major series for Sky Arts - our search to find new talented artists of both landscapes and portraits. The shows are presented by Stephen Mangan and Joan Bakewell, and feature expert judges Katherine Soriano, Kate Bryan and Tai Scan Schierenberg. Entries this year are at significantly higher levels and so the competition is sure to feature a lot of talented artists. Transmission of the next series of Landscapes is expected in the autumn - so that's one to watch out for.
Secrets of the Conqueror
An interesting thing happens when you make a documentary or write a book about something that happened in living memory; other people who know something about the subject contact you and tell you the things you got wrong, and other things you didn't know when you did your own research. It's in part a joy, and in part it's frustrating too. "Why couldn't I have found you when I was writing the bloody thing?" Secrets of the Conqueror has been published for three years, and only recently I have heard from several of the key people who were on the submarine at the time I am writing about. They've been able to fill in gaps and add colour and detail. Luckily for me, no-one since publication has told me that I got anything of significance wrong - so that's great. It's just frustrating that, if I'd known then what I know now, the book would be more complete. Maybe an update for a new edition? I will give it some thought.