Comedian David Mitchell comes to Taunton Literary Festival – book your ticket today
Taking place at St James’s Church, St James Street, Taunton, on Monday, 10 November, comedian David Mitchell kicks off the day at 12:30, followed by Susie Barrett at 6pm and Tom Moran at 8pm.
Tickets: £15 Price Includes a complimentary copy of the book (available to collect on the day of the event) and entry to the event.
‘What’s wrong with calling a burglar brave? Why are people so hung up about swearing? Why do the asterisks in that
sentence make it okay? Why do so many people want to stop other people doing things, and how can they be stopped from stopping them? Why is every film and TV programme a sequel or a remake? Why are we so reliant on perpetual diversion that someone has created chocolate toothpaste? Is there anything to be done about the Internet?
These and many other questions trouble David Mitchell as he delights us with a tour of the absurdities of modern life – Ryanair to Downton Abbey, sports day to smoking, Poundland to phone etiquette, UKIP to hotdogs made of cats. Funny,
provocative and shot through with refreshing amounts of common sense – drawn from Mitchell’s Observer columns and including new material – Thinking About it Only Makes It Worse celebrates and commiserates on the state of
things in our not entirely glorious nation.
For this event there will be a short introductory talk followed by a question and answer session with David Mitchell of about an hour followed by a book signing in which there will be an opportunity to have a copy of the book personally signed by him.
This 180-page book presents the Great War in the context of its impact on life in Clayhidon, Hemyock and Culmstock. Besides describing the military background, it records the service and family life of those who served and returned, as well as those who lost their lives. Their memory is honoured in this community work, which is fully illustrated with reproductions of
photographs taken at the time. A fully illustrated book researched, compiled and written bypresent day inhabitants of the valley and relations of those who served. The talk will include the work of editing and putting
the book together for publication. The book is published by Hemyock History and Archiving Association.
Tom Moran is a novelist, scriptwriter and comedian. Born and raised in Devon, Tom attended Colyton Grammar School and Wellington School before attending the University of East Anglia, where he received a first class degree from the prestigious School of Creative Writing. His first novel, Dinosaurs and Prime Numbers, is a genre-defying time-travel of the space-time continuum. In June 2014, the novel became the first of the space-time continuum. In June 2014, the novel became the first ever recipient of The Guardian Legend Self-Published Book of the Month award and has captured the imagination of readers around the world.