The programme for the third Lennoxlove Book Festival, announced today, has an intriguing double theme: creativity and power.  The Book Festival, which runs from 4th - 6th November 2011, brings together creative minds such as playwright and artist John Byrne, award-winning  writers Claire Tomalin, Michael Frayn and Janice Galloway, musician Barbara Dickson, and acclaimed actors Bill Paterson and Isla Blair.

Meanwhile, sharing a fascinating insight from the corridors of power will be Alistair Darling, Sarah Brown and Tam Dalyell.  Elsewhere in the programme, celebrated historians Norman Davies and Tom Devine look at the distribution of power in the past, while BBC correspondent Allan Little looks at power gone bad in his talk 'Dictators I have Known'.

Events also cover feats of endurance and the great outdoors, with talks by recent Arctic expeditionist and cyclist Mark Beaumont, endurance-runner Andrew Murray, and wild forager and TV gardener Alys Fowler, while popular broadcasters Adam Hart-Davies and James Naughtie promise to entertain the crowds. 

McInroy & Wood, one of Scotland’s leading personal investment managers and another of Haddington’s success stories, is the lead sponsor again for the Book Festival.  It includes The Knight Frank Family Book Festival, returning strong as ever, with events by the hugely popular Julia Donaldson, War Horse author Michael Morpurgo, Kristina Stephenson and Nick Sharratt, and a party for the 50th anniversary of Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach. This year, Family Day Passes will be available for the first time, offering admission to certain children’s events throughout the day for two adults and up to three children for £22.

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