Philippa Gregory wrote her first novel, Wideacre, when completing her PhD in eighteenth-century literature and it sold worldwide, heralding a new era for historical fiction. She went on to write many bestselling novels, including The Other Boleyn Girl and The White Queen. She graduated from the University of Sussex and received a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, where she is a Regent. She holds honorary degrees from Teesside University and the University of Sussex. She is a fellow of the Universities of Sussex and Cardiff and an honorary research fellow at Birkbeck University of London. In 2020 she was made a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for her services to literature and charity. She is a member of the Society of Authors and in 2016, was presented with the Outstanding Contribution to Historical Fiction Award by the Historical Writers’ Association. In 2018, she was awarded an Honorary Platinum Award by Nielsen for achieving significant lifetime sales across her entire book output.
n X Questions with..., your favourite historians and authors will discuss ten questions submitted by the public. We would love you to submit a question for Philippa Gregory in advance via Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. This event will be held at the Storage Works Speakers Corner tent.
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).
The Duchess of Cornwall's Reading Room (@duchessofcornwallsreadingroom) is a hub for literary communities around the world which celebrates literature in all its forms. We are greatly honoured that this will be the first collaboration with a festival and that this event will open the 2022 Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival. We are delighted to welcome Philippa Gregory, one of the world’s foremost historical novelists, for the first time, and that distinguished historian and author Alison Weir is returning to the festival. This will be a fascinating discussion about rediscovering women in history between two best-selling writers and recognised authorities on the subject.