Sarah Churchwell

Sarah Churchwell

Sarah Churchwell is Professorial Fellow in American Literature and Chair of Public Understanding of the Humanities at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. An American living in London, she is the author of Behold, America: A History of America First and the American Dream, Careless People about The Great Gatsby, and The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe. She has contributed to the Guardian, New Statesman, Financial Times and Times Literary Supplement, and comments regularly on arts, culture, and politics for UK television and radio. She judged the 2014 Man Booker Prize and the 2017 Baillie Gifford Prize for non-fiction,and was a co-winner of the 2015 Eccles British Library Writer's Award.

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  1. 111. THE WRATH TO COME: GONE WITH THE WIND AND THE LIES AMERICA TELLS
    111. THE WRATH TO COME: GONE WITH THE WIND AND THE LIES AMERICA TELLS

    Family Ticket: 2 adults, 3 children; Child Ticket: aged 5-15; Under 5: FREE

    Margaret Mitchell's epic novel, Gone With the Wind, became an overnight bestseller when it was published in 1936. The film would famously go on to win ten Academy Awards. In this fascinating analysis of Gone With the Wind's history and legacy, Sarah Churchwell will trace the novel and film's relationship to the myth of the Lost Cause and how they foreshadow the controversies in America today over the removal of Confederate statues, the rise of white nationalism and the Black Lives Matter movement; and the value of the story's uses – and misuses – of national mythologies.

    Outdoor Programme Event

    The Outdoor Programme daily ticket gives you access to everything on the festival's massive Outdoor Programme.

    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).

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