Horses, Poetry and the Great War at Taunton Literature Festival

Join Katherine Reynolds at the Taunton Library where she discusses her book, Under The Rainbow.


22nd111.00 Katherine Reynolds, Under the Rainbow Free Event at Taunton Library, Paul St, Tauntonlibrarytauntonweb-231x171

‘Red Tabby sat in the twilight, gazing across the familiar valley to the far hills. It was here that she and Dylan had always taken their early morning gallop. It was here that their special friendship had always felt the strongest. What might her life be like without that friendship? From being a pair of homeless refugees on the run, they had since travelled a road to dazzling super-stardom. But would the cost of that success be the loss of what was most dear to them?”


 A fascinating discussion about Gabriele D’Annunzio.  Don’t miss it at the Castle Hotel at 11.30

22nd211.30 Lucy Hughes-Hallett, The Pike: Gabriele D’Annunzio £10.00 at the Castle Hotel, Castle Green, Taunton

The story of Gabriele D’Annunzio, poet, daredevil – and Fascist. In September 1919 Gabriele D’Annunzio, successful poet and occasional politician, declared himself Commandante of the city of Fiume in modern day Croatia. His intention – to establish a utopia based on his fascist and artistic ideals. It was the dramatic pinnacle to an outrageous career.

Lucy Hughes-Hallett charts the controversial life of D’Annunzio, the debauched artist who became a national hero. Through his castlehotelwebideological journey, culminating in the failure of the Fiume endeavour, we witness the political turbulence of early 20th century Europe and the emergence of fascism. Winner of the 2013 Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction and the 2013 Costa Award Biography of the Year.



The  poignant bugle call of the Last Post will always cause people to remember the fallen.  Alwyn Turner tells of its first sounding, and how it is still as powerful today as it was in 1919. Don’t miss his talk at 6pm at Brendon Books.

22nd36.00 pm Alwyn Turner, The Last Post £6.50 at Brendon Books, Bath Place, Taunton

At eleven o’clock on the morning of the 11th November 1919 the entire British Empire came to a halt to remember the dead of the Great War. During that first two-minute silence all transport stayed still, all work ceased and millions stood motionless in the streets. The only human sound to be heard was the desolate weeping of those overcome by grief.Then the moment was brought to an end by the playing of the Last Post.A century on, that lone bugle call remains the most emotionally charged piece of music in public life.

In anincreasingly secular society, it is the closest thing we have to a sacred anthem. Yet along with the poppy, the brendonbooksexternalCenotaph and the tomb of the Unknown Warrior, its power is profoundly modern. It is a response to the trauma of war that could only have evolved in a democratic age. The presentation will be interspersed with bugle music pertinent to The Last Post.




To purchase tickets: Visit Brendon Books, Bath Place, Taunton TA1 4ER.
Tel. 01823 337742 email: or click the links above to order online
(Please note there is a £1.00 charge for posting out tickets)


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