Devizes Festival 2014
4-22nd June 2014

Devizes Festival will showcase an amazing variety of performers – speakers, classical, folk, rock, jazz artists, comedians, poets and dancers. Over the 32 years it’s been running the Festival has grown from a couple of days to two and a half weeks of cultural interest.

The festival happens in a number of different venues in and around the market town of Devizes.

The line up will include comedienne Jenny Eclair, reformed drugs baron Howard Marks, SAS author Andy McNab and Arabella Weir. There will be music from Four Girls, Four Harps; flamenco jazz from Eduardo Niella, Irish music from Ceilidh Nua; and French-Canadian roots music from Le Vent du Nord (The North Wind).

Former SAS soldier turned author Andy McNab is publishing a new book this year and audiences at the town hall will be able to hear him talk about his military and literary careers and be able to ask him questions. He will be at the Corn Exchange on Saturday, June 7.

The box office will open on the 22nd May 2014.

The Devizes Festival is a non-profit organization that brings music, entertainment, art and literature events to Devizes in June each year.

Sources: This Is Wiltshire News and Safeconcerts.com



6 feb 2014

Quick Reads presents ‘An Open Book’, a short film that celebrates the power of reading. ‘An Open Book’ features a host of celebrities and authors, including Lily Cole, Myleene Klass and Andy McNab, who talk openly and passionately about their relationship with reading — both good and bad.

Andy is in the film twice so watch until the end!


Andy McNab was on BBC Radio 5,  the Daily Bacon show (thanx Angel!), on 23 January….

Comedy duo Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis who are embarking on a new tour talk to Richard about their 25-year comedy partnership which includes working together on Radio 4’s The Now Show, on screen and behind the scenes at Mock the Week and Outnumbered. And he talks to former SAS soldier ANDY MCNAB about his new books and his work to improve literacy among young recruits. And we look back at the top news stories of the last seven days in Chart The Week.

You can download the podcast and listen to it here. Andy’s item starts at 32.30m


Romford Recorder, 30 January 2014

Mysterious military author Andy McNab has helped teach school students the value of education.

The former SAS sergeant turned writer visited St Edward’s Church of England School & Sixth Form College in London Road, Romford, ahead of National Storytelling Week, which starts on Monday.

The best-selling author of Bravo Two Zero, who famously hides his face, spoke of being a disillusioned student, recruited to the army at 16 after being sent to a juvenile detention centre.

And after being given children’s book Janet and John by his captain to improve his reading, he never looked back.

He said: “I have never forgotten what my captain told me, ‘reading gives you knowledge and gives you choices in life.’”

Year 12 student Jack Barnes, said: “I read some of his Boy Soldier series when I was younger so to meet the man behind them was incredible. He was very easy to relate to and cool!”

The inspiring story caused an upsurge in books borrowed from the school library, and deputy head of English, Kellyann Brown, said: “He showed the students that through reading you can be successful whatever your background.”

Source: Romford Recorder website