Juggling artistic egos, fiery creative temperaments, the financial insecurity of the writing life and a range of personal demons, the private lives of some of our most famous literary couples can be as fascinating as their public works. Clare Clark talks to Dutch writer Connie Palmen whose Your Story, My Story portrays Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes’ tempestuous relationship from Hughes’ perspective, and Irish writer Nuala O’Connor whose Nora creates a rich portrait of Nora Barnacle, the wife of James Joyce and Irish Literature’s greatest muse. Together they discuss their experiences of writing bio-fiction and dealing with the intimate details of some of literature’s most iconic lives.

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Cheltenham Town Hall, Pillar Room

The Town Hall, situated on Imperial Gardens in the centre of Cheltenham comprises of a Grand Main Hall, distinguished by its Corinthian styles columns and coved ceiling. The Main Hall is accompanied by dining and drawing rooms, as well as the Pillar Room bar.

The venue’s early 20th century Edwardian elegance makes it the classic ‘shoebox’ concert hall. With a seating capacity of 900, the Town Hall is perfectly suited to grand symphony orchestra performances with a thrilling impact.


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