Banbury’s Literary Live set to go green

Author Val Bourne in her Spring Cottage garden NNL-161024-150800001
Author Val Bourne in her Spring Cottage garden NNL-161024-150800001

The fourth annual Banbury Literary Live has lined up top gardening authors, with a third of its adult sessions devoted to the pastime.

Organic gardening legend Val Bourne, famous for the The Ten Minute Gardener, will be on hand to talk about her own garden and provide tips on how to deal with insects, what plants work and why ‘natural’ wins.

Her Cotswold Spring Cottage garden flourishes under her natural regime without the need for any chemicals, even in the cold and windswept conditions of the area.

For the more hands off gardening experience, Vanessa Berridge will talk about her book The Princess’s Garden: Royal Intrigue and the Untold Story of Kew.

The book, released last year, is an intriguing tale of Royal family quarrels, kidnapping and scandal is centred on the founding of Kew Gardens in the eighteenth century.

The author will also discuss how gardens became political canvases and how Kew’s physic garden was created.

Other speakers of interest include journalist and broadcaster Matt Teller,authors Jane Rogers and Mike Dale and Reiki master Dominic C James.

There are also plenty of children’s activities including guest speakers and interactive workshops.

The event will be held at North Oxfordshire Academy on November 20 from 11am until 4.30pm. Tickets can be bought from Waterstones or on the day and are just £5 per family or £2 for a single.