Philip Whiteley's Blog

June 25, 2014

A literary constituency

Filed under: Uncategorized — felipewh @ 8:55 am

It was always going to be controversial to invite the well-known local MP Nadine Dorries to speak at the inaugural Ampthill Literary Festival. She’s appearing as a first-time author, of the Liverpool-based drama The Four Streets, not as a politician. The line between ‘literature’ and ‘politics’ is sometimes hazy, of course, especially as Nadine describes social problems in her book. But we’re confident we can keep the discussion to books and writing, and not stray into economic policy or the possibility of an EU referendum!

There’s no doubting the success of The Four Streets – it’s been a big seller, especially in its Kindle format. The tale is a family saga, containing some remarkably graphic descriptions of poverty among dock-workers’ families in Liverpool in the 1960s, and of child abuse. To say more runs the risk of giving spoilers to the action-filled plot – so to find out more, and to meet the author in person, come along to our event on Saturday 5th July. There are still some day tickets available.

For full details on the Festival, go to


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