Michael Gove

Michael Gove to join Literature Festival Line-Up

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Dubbed “the politest man in The House of Commons”, the famously courteous Michael Gove will be coming to The Times and Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival to join the panel for The Times Guide To Modern Manners on Sunday 16th October at 4.45pm.

Michael Gove will be joining a well-mannered panel of etiquette experts including the irrepressible columnist Rachel Johnson; co-author of The Official Sloane Ranger Handbook Peter York; novelist and critic D. J. Taylor all impeccably chaired by The Times Literary Editor Robbie Millen.

The panel will be discussing modern social dilemmas like:

  • Is it OK to commit to something ‘nearer the time’?
  • What about answering your mobile during a conversation?
  • Should we dress for the occasion?
  • Should we vary our vocabulary to suit a situation?

Michael Gove has recently re-joined The Times as a columnist and book reviewer. He worked for The Times between 1996 and 2005 before becoming an MP and then Education and Justice Secretary.