Firstly, we can’t wait to welcome Annina van Neel to the Listening Post to discuss A Story of Bones. This documentary follows the harrowing discovery of an unmarked mass grave of thousands of enslaved people on the island of St. Helena, and van Neel’s work to reclaim and preserve the forgotten history of the island. A Story of Bones shines a stark light on the legacy of colonial rule and the slave trade, and on the importance of remembering those who have seemingly been lost to history.
Horror fans will be delighted to hear that the master of the macabre Garth Marenghi (a creation of comedian Matthew Holness) will also join us at Henham Park. From the twisted mind that brought you Darkplace and Netherhead comes the TerrorTome, a trio of truly spine-chilling tales about visionary author Nick Steen and his frequently incorrect female secretary Roz as they strive to defend the town of Stalkford from Nick’s own horrific creations. We are honoured to welcome the titan of terror himself to Barclaycard Presents Latitude to share his magnum opus with us.
Matafans and Snedheads, rejoice! Rose Matafeo and Alice Snedden – best known for co-writing the critically acclaimed BBC Three series Starstruck – will be recording an extra-special live episode of their podcast Boners of the Heart. The cult hit podcast will make a long-awaited return as the “funny female friends” discuss their embarrassing celebrity crushes while sharing anecdotes and inside jokes, saturated with plenty of banter and bickering.
Charlie Mackesy will also join us at Barclaycard Presents Latitude. Charlie is best known as the author and illustrator of The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, and picked up an Oscar earlier this year after co-writing and co-directing the short film adaptation – both of which were critically acclaimed for their tender explorations of the complexity of human emotions. He’ll be joining Nina Nannar to discuss his beloved characters’ journeys from the page to the screen, accompanying the talk with live illustrations.
Images of Motherhood is a panel discussion also taking place at the Listening Post, featuring comedian and social media star Sophie McCartney, award-winning photographer Jenny Lewis and journalist Nell Frizzell. Motherhood is the common denominator throughout the work of our panellists, and we’re delighted to have them join us for what promises to be a fascinating discussion about the intersections of their experiences as women, as parents, and as creatives.
Last but certainly not least, we’re thrilled to announce that Poet Laureate and Latitude stalwart Simon Armitage will also be joining us at the festival. Armitage will discuss his latest release, Never Good With Horses – his first published collection of lyrics – as well as the rest of his oeuvre and his career to date. Be sure to catch him on the BBC Sounds stage on Sunday with his band LYR, too!
These are only a few of the dozens of new acts we’ve just added to our biggest lineup yet. With two months to go until Barclaycard Presents Latitude 2023, we can’t wait to welcome everyone back for a jam-packed weekend of music, comedy, arts and more!
Day and weekend tickets are still on sale – make sure to grab yours now!