National treasure, revered politician, and five-time-author Ann Widdecombe has been announced as a headliner at the Stonyhurst Literature and Film Festival this August.

Ann will be talking about life as a leading politician in Westminster, sharing anecdotes from her time on popular television shows such as ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ and ‘Have I Got News for You’, as well as offering an insight into her writing career.

Who is Ann Widdecombe?

Ann Widdecombe is a household name across the UK, but who is the woman behind the outspoken political figure?

Born in Bath in the 1940s, Ann has spent her life dedicated to her career as an MP, working her way from being the MP for Maidenstone, all the way up to becoming the Shadow Home Secretary in the 1990s.

After stepping down from her post in 2010, Ann found further fame by guest hosting BBC panel show ‘Have I Got News for You’, as well as appearing as a contestant on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ and ‘Celebrity Big Brother’, where she finished 2nd.

However, what many people don’t know about Ann is that she’s also a distinguished author, having published four fictional books and an autobiography.

Ann Widdecombe: The Writer

Varying in genre, Ann’s fictional books range from gripping crime thrillers to romance novels set in the First World War. In fact, the Clematis Tree which tells the story of a family struggling to cope after their four-year-old son is injured in a car accident, rose to number eight in the Times Best Seller List in 2000.

Currently, Ann is working on her latest book An Act of Brotherhood, which is the third instalment in her An Act of series, which follows two lovers from Germany and France in the Second World War, and the aftermath that follows.

Ann at Stonyhurst Literature and Film Festival

As part of the Stonyhurst Literature and Film Festival, Ann will share an insight into her varying career as  a politician, TV personality and author.

Tickets for the Stonyhurst Literature and Film Festival talks will go on sale in June 2019. Please like our social media channels to stay up to date with the latest announcements.