CELEBRATED actor Sir Derek Jacobi has been booked for a second appearance during the 2013 Essar Chester Literature Festival.
Sir Derek will be taking to the stage at Chester Town Hall to talk about his new autobiography As Luck Would Have It on Friday, October 18.
He had already been booked for the previous night when he will read the poetry of WH Auden as part of an evening with Ruthie Culver and her Utter Jazz quartet.
Published this week, Sir Derek’s new book tells the story of his rise from working class London to become one of only a handful of actors to be knighted.
He will be sharing some of the stories from a career that has ranged from Shakespearean tragedy Hamlet to blockbusting movies like Gladiator and children’s series In the Night Garden.
Paul Lavin, festivals manager for Chester Performs, said: “Having already booked Sir Derek as part of a concert celebrating WH Auden and the music of Benjamin Britten, and knowing that he had his autobiography out at around the same time, it was a no-brainer to ask him to speak about it at the festival.
“Eventually, we got the reply we wanted so I’m delighted to be able to announce what I know will be a fantastic event.
“I was already proud of the speaker we’ve put together this year but adding Derek Jacobi in his own right to the list makes it even more special.
“Tickets to all of the festival’s events are selling tremendously well and this can only make things even better.”
Chester Performs are producing the festival which will see more than 50 events taking place between October 13 and 27.
Highlights include quick-fire comedian Tim Vine, writer Frank Cottrell Boyce, novelists Fay Weldon and Kate Mosse as well as broadcasters Clive James, Kate Humble and Richard Bacon.
Tickets are sale and can be bought at www.chesterliteraturefestival.co.uk or by booking on the ticketline hotline on 0845 241 7868 or at Chester Visitor Information Centre.