Events will take place from Thursday 27 September to Sunday 7 October, with most taking place October 5-7. Among this year’s highlights will be:
Susan Calman, comedian and radio/TV presenter
Former Labour Minister, Chris Mullin, introduces his memoir, Hinterland
Radio 4 comedian, Robin Ince, provides some cheer as he tries to work out the human condition
and investigative reporter Luke Harding reveals more on Trump and Putin.
2018 sees the inaugural Carlisle One World Talk by leading climate change expert, Mike Berners-Lee. Poetry and performance will play an important part this year including the Scottish Makar (Poet Laureate) Jackie Kay, multi award-winner Don Paterson will play music and read poetry with Cumbrian writer Marie-Elsa Bragg.
The Poetry Breakfast with Malcolm Carson will take centre stage once again in Tullie House.
World-renowned Shakespearian actor, Michael Pennington, recounts the demands put upon any actor in playing King Lear. Fiction lovers can hear Booker Prize-winning author Pat Barker on her latest, Silence of the Girls.