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Ian Fleming Evening at UK Literary Festival

By: FSWL team
Ian Fleming Evening Whitlit Kent
Ian Fleming Evening at this year's Whitstable Literary Festival (Whitlit) in Kent, England with Fleming experts and FSWL readers Andrew Lycett (author of Ian Fleming: The Man Behind Bond) and Matthew Parker (author of Goldeneye: Where Bond was Born: Ian Fleming's Jamaica) as special guest speakers.

Ian Fleming loved Kent. You only have to read one of his books to experience the great adoration he had for his home county. He lived in beautiful house on the beach of St Margaret’s and wrote many of his novels looking out over the English Channel.

WhitLit is delighted to welcome a series of Fleming inspired events featuring esteemed biographers, historians, novelists and special guest Fionn Morgan, Ian Fleming’s step-daughter to discuss the complex life of the author and the enduring appeal of his master spy James Bond.

Schedule for Friday 13 May, 2016:
4pm-5pm: Young Bond – Steve Cole
6.30pm-7.30pm: Ian Fleming – Andrew Lycett
7.45pm-8.45pm: Ian Fleming’s Jamaica – Matthew Parker
9pm-10pm: Fleming My Stepfather – Fionn Morgan

Venue: The Lecture Theatre at Whitstable Community College (Bellevue Road, CT5 1PX, UK)

Steve Cole introduces his first explosive Young Bond adventure, Shoot to Kill (2014) giving a unique insight into 1930s gadgets, gangsters and Hollywood. Join Steve is this interactive event as he explains how he became such a fan of Ian Fleming’s super-spy, shares the research behind his creation, introduces new characters, including a sinister villain, and tests the audience’s spy skills to ask ‘How Bond Are You?’

Steve Cole has written the bestselling ‘Astrosaurs’ adventures. In 2013 he took over from Charlie Higson as author of the Young Bond series exploring the life of the teenage James Bond.

Sportsman, womanizer, naval commander, world-traveler, and spy, the creator of the Cold War’s archetypal secret agent was infinitely more complex and interesting than his iconic fictional character, Agent 007. Ian Fleming’s wide-ranging and exciting life inevitably provided the plausible backdrop for his Bond novels. The day after his wedding to Ann O’Neill, Fleming sat down to write his first book, Casino Royale (1953), in order to soothe his nerves. Thus began the long line of Bond novels for which he would earn lasting fame.

Andrew Lycett is one of the foremost experts on Fleming’s life and work. He is a biographer and journalist whose other subjects include Wilkie Collins and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Historian Matthew Parker reveals the untold story of Ian Fleming in Jamaica, his house Goldeneye, and the creation of James Bond. Amid Jamaica’s beauty, Fleming immersed himself in the jet-set society that clung to its imperial past. Rubbing shoulders with Noel Coward and Errol Flynn, he was part of a world of dangerous glamour that would infuse all his Bond novels. The top 10 Sunday Times Best seller ‘Goldeneye’ is a revealing exploration of Ian Fleming’s life and work.

Matthew Parker spent part of his childhood in the West Indies. He has written five books and contributes to The Literary Review, and BBC History Magazine.

IAN FLEMING, MY STEP-FATHER – FIONN MORGAN in conversation with Andrew Lycett
WhitLit is honoured to welcome Fionn Morgan, the daughter of Ann Fleming and her first husband Shane, 3rd Lord O’Neill. Fionn was 16 when her mother married Ian Fleming and has a wise stance on her step- father’s life, work, loves and outlooks. Ann Flemingwas the last great polical hostess, a letter writer of rare wit with close friends including Noel Coward, Evelyn Waugh, Lucian Freud and Cecil Beaton. Her long love affair with Ian Fleming started before her second marriage to newspaper baron Lord Rothermere and after their divorce Fleming married Ann in 1952. Fionn will reveal to Andrew Lycett growing up in a fascinating family and spending time with Ian Fleming and her mother in Kent.

Ticket price(s): 13.50 GBP for the last three events below if booked together, or 5.50 GBP each

Editor's note:
For more James Bond events presented on From Sweden with Love, click here.

Photo above:
Fionn Morgan (to the right) with her mother Ann who married Ian Fleming.

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