Famous historians on the bill for Lincoln book festival

The Lincoln Book Festival will make a return for 2018 with a programme featuring some of Britain’s best known historians and historical fiction writers.

In addition, Lincolnshire-born author Tracy Borman is the first confirmed headline guest speaker.

This year’s week-long festival will explore the theme of Revolution, inspired by the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which first gave some British women the right to vote.

It runs from September 24 – 29.

Alongside the headline author events there are free writers’ workshops, competitions, schools activities and local history talks.

A line-up of high profile guest authors will share their perspectives on the forces that have shaped societal and political changes in Britain and beyond down the centuries – from post-war Britain to the swinging sixties.

Tracy Borman, whose acclaimed history books include Elizabeth’s Women: The Hidden Story of the Virgin Queen and The Private Lives of the Tudors, will appear at Lincoln Book Festival on Saturday, September 29 at Lincoln Drill Hall.

She will be discussing her debut novel, The King’s Witch, which will be published in June 2018 by Hodder & Stoughton.

Tracy, who was born and raised in Lincolnshire, is Chief Executive of the Heritage Education Trust, and joint Chief Curator for Historic Royal Palaces, the charity that manages Hampton Court Palace, the Tower of London, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace, the Banqueting House, Whitehall and Hillsborough Castle.

Tickets for her Lincoln Book Festival 2018 talk are priced £10 and available from Lincoln Drill Hall Box Office.

Phil Hamlyn Williams, Chair of the Lincoln Book Festival Trust, said: “We hope the theme of revolution for this year’s Book Festival will resonate as people across the country reflect on the role of the suffragettes in securing women’s right to vote 100 years ago.

“We’re delighted to confirm Lincolnshire-born historian Tracy Borman will join us for one of our headline author events, discussing her much anticipated debut novel which explores another pivotal moment of British political history – the infamous Gunpowder Plot.”

Most Festival events are hosted at The Collection museum and art gallery in the city’s cultural quarter or the iconic Lincoln Drill Hall theatre.