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Arts festival serves up something for everyone

Don't miss this year's Kenilworth Arts Festival which appears to have something for everyone.

Literary types may enjoy hearing Booker Prize-nominated author Donal Ryan, while for music lovers there's award-winning pianist Zoe Rahman...and for foodies, how about seeing Great British Bake-Off finalist Ruby Tandoh (above) in action?

And that's just the start of the line-up that's destined to turn Kenilworth into a 10-day teeming hub of international arts.

Organisers have been able to call on not only the town's two theatres and historic churches, but its 900-year-old castle as terrific venues for performances running from September 20 to 29.

Offering tastefulness (literally) right from the start will be Ruby Tandoh at the Talisman Theatre on September 20. She will talk about her latest book, Eat Up! and warn against expensive diets and food fads.

At St John's Church on September 21 you can hear award-winning jazz pianist Zoe Rahman, who has appeared with Elbow.

And at the castle's Tudor stables on September 27 you can catch acoustic team of Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker.

Before that multi-instrumentalist Erland Cooper takes his mesmerising blend of classic, alternative and electronic music to St Nicholas Church on September 26.

At the Priory Theatre a range of inspiring authors will be in attendance. Not only Donal Ryan whose book A Low And Quiet Sea was nominated for this year's Man Booker, but Kamila Shamsie, winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction for her book Home Fire, and best-selling children's author Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

Also visiting the town will be Fiona Mozley, whose debut novel Elmet, was also Booker shortlisted in 2017 and Sarah Moss will launch her new book Ghost Walk.

Birmingham-born Kit de Waal, whose novel The Trick To Time, was also long-listed for the Women's Prize, will be in conversation with Donal at the Priory.

Overall creative director Lewis Smith said: "At the heart of this festival is a desire to celebrate high-quality, original work within the contemporary arts.

"I'm very proud of this year's line-up which features not one but four Man Booker prize nominated novelists, plus a dazzling array of of internationally-acclaimed musicians, writers and visual artists from around the UK and beyond.

"With over 30 events taking place - including a range of fantastic family activities - this year's programme is our biggest and best yet."

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