Natasha Solomons is the author of five internationally bestselling novels, including Mr Rosenblum's List, The Novel in the Viola, which was chosen for the Richard & Judy Book Club, and The Gallery of Vanished Husbands. She also writes screenplays with her husband the children’s author David Solomons. Her novels have been translated into 17 languages.
Since the Renaissance, admirers of the Mona Lisa have said how the painting looks as if 'she's just waiting to speak'. In Natasha Solomons' dazzlingly inventive new novel, I, Mona Lisa she finally does. In her illustrated talk Natasha Solomons will talk about the secrets behind the Mona Lisa and how she inspired her critically acclaimed novel. She will talk about everything from who the Mona Lisa really was in life, and how the painting was created, to how she crossed the alps and how she changed the course of art. In recent years, the Mona Lisa has become both icon and meme, but hopefully by the end of this illuminating discussion, you - like Natasha - will be able to truly appreciate the Mona Lisa again. Maybe you'll even hear her speak.
The Outdoor Programme daily ticket gives you access to everything on the festival's massive Outdoor Programme. The child ticket is applicable for ages 5-15; Under 5’s are free
We have talks on the IPGL and History Hit Outdoor Stages, the Living History encampments and static displays, Speaker's Corner talks, performances from the History Tellers and others, live music, two bars, the Emporium, book shops and numerous cafes and food stalls. Anyone with an Outdoor Programme ticket can access up to twenty-five different scheduled events on any one day, so it is truly great value.
For those wishing to experience The Trench, Sword School and Children's Creative History events, these are ticketed separately and need to be pre-booked. Rides on the Vintage Fairground are payable at the ride.
Tickets to individual events in the Hiscox and Smith & Williamson tents also provide access to the Outdoor Programme on that particular day (1 person per ticket).