It is with much sadness that we have taken the decision to postpone our literature festival. Given current conditions and advice, we want to ensure that all our audiences, authors, volunteers and staff remain as healthy as possible and we feel it is our duty and responsibility to protect others by not proceeding with our events at this time.

We are currently investigating options for rescheduling events and ask that you bear with us in the meantime whilst we talk with different venues and authors. We are also in talks with our box office - run externally - and appreciate your patience whilst we finalise information for those who have purchased tickets for events due to take place at the end of March. We will keep you informed as soon as we have further information.

Thank you all for your continued support - as a charity we rely so much on income from our audiences and sponsors to keep running and hope that, however uncertain the future is at present, we can continue to bring high-quality, inspiring multi-arts experiences to the Midlands.

(Last Updated: 17th March)

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War and Victory

Published date: February 6, 2019
Last modified: May 12, 2019

The 6th June 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings- one of the most remarkable Allied wartime operations. The Allied forces launched one of the biggest military operations in history attacking Nazi occupied France with a combination of naval, air and land assaults.

Victory in the war would not have been possible if it had not been for the total war effort of allied forces.

Cracking Nazi’s ‘unbreakable’ code was a huge factor in securing victory for allied forces. At Lichfield Literature Dermot Turing, the nephew of Alan Turing, tells us more about a key turning point in the war: the breaking of the Enigma code. Turing’s book ‘X Y & Z: The Real Story of How Enigma Was Broken’ draws on recently declassified archives to tell the story of how French, British and Polish secret services came together to unravel the Enigma machine.

Dr Piers Brendon also provides a different perspective on the life of Britain’s wartime leader: Winston Churchill. Brendon offers insight into Churchill’s love of the animal kingdom. The picture that emerges showcases Churchill’s wit, wisdom and genius from a different point of view.