The Richmond Literature Festival starts this week. Living In talks to broadcaster and author, Melvyn Bragg about his fascination with William Tyndale and why he loves Richmond’s book month.
Starting as a trainee at the BBC in the early 1960s, presenting dozens of diverse programmes over the years, most recently more than 700 episodes of the popular In Our Time on Radio 4, Melvyn Bragg has brought culture – from books to art to modern media – to the masses.
He’s at the Richmond Literature Festival to talk about a man close to his heart – William Tyndale. Tyndale’s work to translate the Bible into English in Tudor England led him to be persecuted, tortured and eventually executed as a heretic.
Bragg is drawn to events such as book festivals simply for the love of ‘meeting people interested in books – any such event bringing people together for a common purpose is good! A particular fondness for the Richmond Festival is because he is a former local: ‘I lived in Kew for years and became very fond of Richmond’.
So what intrigues you about William Tyndale? ‘The genius of the man; his courage; his utter determination against great odds’. Bragg will discuss what drove Tyndale to risk his life for what he believed and why his actions still influence us today.
24 November: Queen Charlotte Hall, RACC – 7pm. Tickets £12