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Old Edwardians in the spotlight

04 May 2018

Over the next few months, a number of Old Edwardians will be stepping into the spotlight on stage, at festivals, and as the subject of an exhibition.

Sam Newton (2010) will play the lead in the world premiere of Toast, the stage adaptation of Nigel Slater's memoir. Sam, who last year played Christopher Boone in the National Theatre's award-winning adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, will be appearing in Toast at The Lowry in Salford from 22 May until 2 June. Find out more about Toast

As part of a series of book events, DJ, journalist and author, Dave Haslam (1980), will be appearing at Birmingham Town Hall on Wednesday 6 June to talk about his new autobiography: Sonic Youth Slept on My Floor: Music, Manchester and More: A Memoir. Find out more about the book events.

Bestselling author Jim Grant (aka Lee Child; 1973) will be appearing at CrimeFest in Bristol (17-20 May 2018) and the Theakston Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate (12-22 July 2018) on the back of his latest books in the Jack Reacher series, The Midnight Line and No Middle Name. Find out more about the festivals.

James Woodroffe (1996) will be speaking at the Kendal Mountain Festival in Kendal, Cumbria (15-18 November 2018). James is an Executive Producer for North One Television, who has produced and directed factual programmes for the BBC, Channel 4 and Discovery including Guy Martin's "action documentaries". Find out more about the Kendal Mountain Festival.

Finally, an exhibition on the works of JRR Tolkien (1911) will take place at the ST Lee Gallery, Weston Library, Oxford from 1 June to 28 October 2018. The exhibition will showcase an array of draft manuscripts, illustrations and maps created by Tolkien for his well-known publications, as well as early abstract paintings and tales he wrote for his children. Entry is free, but ticketed. Find out more about the Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth exhibition.