Goodwoof’s Literary Corner will invite guests to enjoy a series of talks, book signings, panel discussions and readings – all in celebration of our canine companions. A welcome retreat from the fast-paced competitions and activities of the event, Literary Corner will feature a line-up of writers known for their love of dogs – whether creators of fictional favourites or experts in their field – who will offer advice, practical tips and a host of brilliant stories. The lineup will reflect an appreciation of literature’s finest canine heroes and the writers who found their muse in the most loyal of species.
Saturday 28 May
11am – Kate Bendix, alternative canine health expert, talks about her very chatty and readable book - My Itchy Dog: How to keep your dog in prime health (and away from the vet) – and takes questions from the floor.
12 pmto 12:45 pm – John Bradshaw, celebrated anthozoologist, talks about his book In Defence of Dogs, which argues that dogs aren’t wolves after all.
1.30 pm to 2.15 pm Children’s event – John Bradshaw talks about Dogs: Understanding Your Very Best Friend
2.30 pm – Peter Conradi talks about his book A Dictionary of Interesting and Important Dogs Anna Chancellor asks some questions and reads some excerpts.
3.30 pm – A reading by Hugh Bonneville from On Dogs, An Anthology.
4 pm - Georgina Montagu, author of Top Dogs (soon to be published) talks about interviewing top dogs about their top dogs. Nikki Tibbles, one of her interviewees, talks about her work with rescue dogs.
Sunday 29 May
11 am – Children’s event - Nimmy March and Anna Chancellor read from a collection of Hairy Maclary books by Lynley Dodd and from Old Toffer’s Book of Consequential Dogs by Christopher Reid
12 pm – Rory Knight Bruce, former Master of foxhounds, farmer, journalist and author of Red Letter Days: Hunting Across the British Isles, talks about being brought up in a kennel and other barking matters.
2.30 pm – Do Dogs Need Behaviourists? Panel discussion chaired by Anne Robinson. Panellists - Rory Knight Bruce, Louise Glazebrook, author of the book your dog wishes you would read and Antonella Marsicano – animal behaviourist from the Animal Wellbeing Centre
4 pm – Laura Thompson talks about her book The Dogs and about greyhound racing in general. Anna Chancellor asks some questions.