17:00 | The Big Historical Fiction Debate

The Big Historical Fiction Debate

Panel Event



St John Priory Church, Saint John's Square, London, EC1V 4RQ

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Does historical fiction have a responsibility to historical fact? Is it ever right to play with the known past? How do fiction creators navigate complex histories? From novels and TV & film to stage plays and videogames – this exciting panel explores what it means to create historical fiction in the 21st century.

Chaired by bestselling author S J Parris, panellists include: Stephen McGann (Call the Midwife‘s Dr Turner), Dr Sunny Singh (novelist and lecturer in literature and Indian cinema), Hallie Rubenhold (novelist, historian and historical consultant to ITV’s Harlots), Vinay Patel (playwright, BAFTA-winning screenwriter and current Doctor Who writer) and Judith Flanders (historian, novelist and Assassin’s Creed consultant).


This event takes place within our London Festival Hub. Our Hub venues are all within a 5-minutes walking distance from each other so you can easily travel between talks. Remember: there's a 20-25 minute break between each talk to make it as easy as possible to get to the talks you like.

A limited allocation of discounted tickets is available for recipients of Universal or Pension Credit, full-time students and those under the age of 16. Concession-priced tickets are sold on first-come-first-served basis, and once sold no further tickets are available by any method of booking. Concession prices may not be applicable on top price tickets for certain events. Please note discounts cannot be combined and you will be asked for suitable identification.

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