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4th – 6th December 2015

Events will take place at The White Hart Hotel and The All Saints Centre Lewes
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 Friday 4th December 2015

 

 

 

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Vince Cable
After the Storm
Friday 4th December 11.00 – 12.15
The White Hart Hotel, 55 High St, Lewes
 
In After the Storm, Cable, who was Business Secretary in the 2010-2015 coalition government, provides a unique perspective on the state of the global financial markets and how the British economy has fared since 2008. This timely talk will provide a previously unreported inside view of the coalition and offers a carefully considered perspective on how the British economy should be managed over the next decade and beyond. What was sadly missing from the 2015 election campaign, Cable argues, was debate around the economic future of Britain, of how to make improvements in productivity to raise living standards and, above all, how Britain can rebalance its economy and earn its keep in an increasingly uncertain global market.
 
Vince Cable was MP for Twickenham from 1997-2015 and Business Secretary from 2010-2015.
 
A Q&A session will follow.
 
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Melvyn Bragg
Now Is The Time
Friday 4th December 13.00 – 14.15
The White Hart Hotel, 55 High St, Lewes
 
In this presentation, Melvyn Bragg brings an extraordinary episode in English history to fresh life.

At the end of May 1381, the fourteen-year-old King of England had reason to be fearful: the plague had returned, the royal coffers were empty and a draconian poll tax was being widely evaded. Yet Richard II, bolstered by his powerful, admired mother, felt secure in his God-given right to reign. Within two weeks the unthinkable happened: a vast force of common people invaded London demanding: freedom, equality and the uprooting of the Church and state. They believed they were rescuing the King from his corrupt ministers and that England had to be saved. For three intense, violent days, it looked as if they would sweep all before them.
 
The Peasants’ Revolt is depicted with vivid portrayals of its central figures and the archetypal tale of an epic struggle between the powerful and the apparently powerless.
 
Melvyn Bragg is a multi-award winning writer and broadcaster.
 
A Q&A session will follow.
 
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Iain Overton

Iain Overton
Gun Baby Gun: A Bloody Journey into the World of the Gun
Friday 4th December 15.00 – 16.15
The White Hart Hotel, 55 High St, Lewes
 
Every minute, of every day, someone somewhere is shot. There are almost one billion guns across the globe today - more than ever before. There are 12 billion bullets produced every year, almost two bullets for every person on this earth. And as many as 500,000 people are killed by them every year worldwide.
 
Overton takes us on a journey to over 25 countries meeting people affected by guns from all walks of life. From Zionist anti-terror gun trainers to El Salvadoran gangland killers, he unearths some hard truths about the terrible realities of war and gun crime.
 
Iain Overton is Director of Investigations at the charity ‘Action on Armed Violence’ and an investigative journalist who has reported from the killing zones of Colombia, Iraq and Somalia. He is also a filmmaker for the BBC, ITN and Al Jazeera, as well as a journalist with The Guardian, The Independent and The Sunday Times. His journalism has won a Peabody Award, two Amnesty Awards and a BAFTA Scotland.
 
A Q&A session will follow.
 
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Peter Temple-Morris
Peter Temple Morris
Across the Floor: A Life in Dissenting Politics
Friday 4th December 16.45 – 18.00
The White Hart Hotel, 55 High St, Lewes
 
On the 20th June 1998 Peter Temple-Morris, Conservative MP for Leominster, crossed the floor to join his rivals on the Labour party benches. What drove a seasoned Conservative politician - one of the so-called 'Cambridge Mafia', with 24 years' experience as a Conservative MP - to change his allegiance so radically? In this memoir of a long and varied political career, Temple-Morris answers this question, unveiling the slow, gradual process of disillusionment with the Conservative party, especially under Margaret Thatcher and the growing appeal of the New Labour movement under Tony Blair. As well as providing an important overview of British domestic politics in the second half of the twentieth century, Temple-Morris also explains his crucial role in Irish politics, especially in the peace process talks which led to the Good Friday Agreement of 1998. 
 
A Q&A session will follow.
 
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Charles Clarke
Charles Clarke
British Labour Leaders
Friday 4th December 18.30 - 19.45
The White Hart Hotel, 55 High St, Lewes
 
As a party that championed trade union rights, the creation of the NHS and the establishment of a national minimum wage, Labour has played an undoubtedly crucial role in the shaping of contemporary British society. Yet the leaders who have stood at its helm – from Miliband and MacDonald to Attlee and Blair - have steered the party vessel with varying degrees of success. With revolutionary changes to social values and the media, the requirements of Labour leadership have been forced to evolve. Clarke considers the achievements of each leader, showing how they may be judged using exclusive interviews with former leaders themselves and their critics.
 
Charles Clarke was MP for Norwich South from 1997 - 2010 and served as Home Secretary from 2004 - 2006.
 
A Q&A session will follow.
 
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Virginia Nicholson
Virginia Nicholson
Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes: The Story of Women in the 1950s
Friday 4th December 20.15 - 21.30
The White Hart Hotel, 55 High St, Lewes
 
In Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes, Nicholson tells the story of women in the 1950s: a time before the Pill, when divorce spelled scandal and two-piece swimsuits caused mass alarm. Turn the page back to the mid-twentieth century and discover a world peopled by women with radiant smiles, clean pinafores and gleaming coiffures; a promised land of batch-baking, maraschino cherries and brightly hued plastic. This was a world where the darker side of the decade encompassed rampant prostitution, a notorious murder and the threat of nuclear disaster. Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes reconstructs the 1950s through the eyes of the women who lived it. Step back in time to where our grandmothers scrubbed their doorsteps, cared for their families, lived, laughed, loved and struggled.
 
Virginia Nicholson is a writer and broadcaster. She is also Deputy Chair of The Charleston Trust and the daughter of the art-historian and writer Quentin Bell.
 
A Q&A session will follow.
 
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Saturday 5th December 2015
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John Julius Norwich
Sicily: A Short History, from the Greeks to Cosa Nostra
Saturday 5th December 10.00 - 11.15
The White Hart Hotel, 55 High St, Lewes
 
“Sicily,” said Goethe, “is the key to everything.” It is the largest island in the Mediterranean, the stepping-stone between Europe and Africa, the link between the Latin West and the Greek East. Sicily’s strategic location has tempted Roman emperors, French princes, and Spanish kings. The subsequent struggles to conquer and keep it have played crucial roles in the rise and fall of the world’s most powerful dynasties. Yet Sicily has often been little more than a footnote in books about other empires. Norwich’s engrossing narrative is the first to knit together all of the colourful strands of Sicilian history into a single comprehensive study of the island from the rebellion against Italian unification to the rise of the Mafia.
 
John Julius Norwich is a former diplomat, author and presenter of some thirty historical documentaries for television.
 
A Q&A session will follow.

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John Pearson

John Pearson
The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins
Saturday 5th December 11.45 - 13.00
The White Hart Hotel, 55 High St, Lewes
 
This classic, bestselling account of the infamous Kray twins, is now a major film in 2015, starring Tom Hardy. It is also the most read book in Great Britain's Prisons.
 
Reggie and Ronnie Kray ruled London’s gangland during the Sixties with a ruthlessness and viciousness that shocks, even now. Building an empire of organised crime that has never been matched, the brothers swindled, extorted and terrorised – while enjoying a glittering celebrity status at the heart of the swinging sixties scene, until their downfall and imprisonment for life.
 
John Pearson lived with the Kray Twins for six months before their arrest in 1968. They had hired him to write their biography and he had unrivalled access to them. Over the next several years the brothers, who by now were in jail, wrote frequently to Pearson.
 
He has also worked for The Economist, BBC Television and The Sunday Times and was Ian Fleming's assistant at the Sunday Times before he wrote Fleming’s biography.
 
A Q&A session will follow.
 
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All talks from here on at The All Saints Centre

 

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Norman Baker
Against The Grain
Saturday 5th December 17.00 - 18.15
The All Saints Centre, Lewes
 
For 18 years, Baker was one of the most distinctive and outspoken members of the House of Commons, uncovering scandals such as: MPs' expenses, the death of David Kelly and the ill-fated flight BA 149. Nick Clegg referred to him as 'a cross between Gandhi and a battering ram'.
 
Against the Grain is Baker's witty and revealing account of Westminster and constituency life. Amongst much else, this compelling tale reveals the truth about Baker's successful campaign to force the resignation of Peter Mandelson and lifts the lid on the inner workings of the coalition, laying bare the divisions and the surprising alliances at the heart of the Department for Transport and the Home Office.
 
Norman Baker was MP for Lewes from 1997-2015.
 
A Q&A session will follow.
 
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Alison Weir

Alison Weir
The Lost Tudor Princess: A Life of Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox
Saturday 5th December 18.45 - 20.00
The All Saints Centre, Lewes
 
Royal Tudor blood ran in her veins. Her mother was a queen, her father an earl and Margaret herself was the granddaughter, niece, cousin and grandmother of monarchs. Some thought she should be Queen of England. Beautiful and tempestuous, she defied her uncle, Henry VIII and created scandal by indulging in two illicit affairs. She was forgiven and served five of Henry’s wives. The marriage arranged for her turned into a love match.
 
Throughout her life her dynastic ties to two crowns proved hazardous. A born political intriguer, she was imprisoned in the Tower of London on three occasions, once under sentence of death. She helped to bring about one of the most notorious royal marriages of the sixteenth century, but it brought her only tragedy. Her son and her husband were brutally murdered and there were rumours that she herself was poisoned. She warred with two queens, Mary of Scotland and Elizabeth of England. A brave survivor, Lady Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox, was an important figure in Tudor England and yet today she is largely forgotten and overlooked. Her story deserves to be better known and Weir brings it to life in this new biography.
 
Alison Weir is the biggest-selling female historian the UK

A Q&A session will follow.
 
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Gulwali Passarlay

Gulwali Passarlay
The Lightless Sky: An Afghan Refugee Boy's Journey of Escape to A New Life in Britain
Saturday 5th December 20.30 - 21.45
The All Saints Centre, Lewes
 
One of the most astonishing memoirs of 2015: the boy who fled Afghanistan and endured a terrifying journey in the hands of people smugglers is now a young man intent on changing the world. “To risk my life had to mean something. Otherwise what was it all for?”

Passarlay was sent away from Afghanistan at the age of twelve, after his father was killed in a gun battle with the US army for hiding Taliban fighters. Smuggled into Iran, he began a twelve month odyssey across Europe, spending time in prisons, suffering hunger, cruelty, brutality and nearly drowning in a tiny boat on the Mediterranean. Somehow he survived and made it to Britain, no longer an innocent child but still only a boy of twelve.  Here in Britain he was fostered, sent to a good school, won a place at a top university and was chosen to carry the Olympic torch in 2012. He wants to tell his story - to bring to life the plight of the thousands of men, women and children who risk their lives to leave behind the troubles of their homelands. One boy's story is the central story of our times and this memoir celebrates the triumph of courage and determination over adversity.
 
A Q&A session will follow.
 
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Sunday 6th December 2015

 

John Plender

John Plender
Capitalism: Money, Morals and Markets
Sunday 6th December 10.00 - 11.15
The All Saints Centre, Lewes
 
In the West, capitalism has lifted millions out of poverty. The trail blazed by Japan is being followed by other emerging market countries across the globe, creating prosperity on a breath-taking scale.  Yet capitalism is unloved and voices compete to point out that the system allows powerful elites to grab an ever larger share of the collective wealth.

Plender explores the paradoxes inherent in this mechanism. Taking us on a journey from the Venetian merchants of the Middle Ages to the gleaming temples of commerce in 21st-century Canary Wharf, via the South Sea Bubble, Dutch tulip mania and manic-depressive gambling addicts, Plender shows us our economic creation. Along the way, he delves into the ethics of debt, reveals the truth about the artistic giants who pioneered copyrighting and examines why entrepreneurs may be perceived as greedy, unethical opportunists, while manufacturing, by contrast, is considered innately virtuous.
 
John Plender has been a senior editorial writer at the Financial Times since 1981 and a broadcaster for the BBC and Channel Four.
 
A Q&A session will follow.
 
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Damien Lewis

Damien Lewis
The Nazi Hunters
Sunday 6th December 11.45 - 13.00
The All Saints Centre, Lewes
 
This is the incredible, hitherto untold, story of the most secret chapter in the SAS's history. Officially, the world's most elite Special Forces unit was dissolved at the end of the Second World War and not reactivated until the 1950s. Among their last actions was a disastrous commando raid into occupied France in 1944, which ended in the capture, torture and execution of 31 soldiers.
 
But the SAS never was dissolved: it lived on, commanded personally by Churchill and hidden even from the British government. They were tasked with hunting through the ruins of the Reich for the SS commanders responsible for the murder of their comrades, including many who had escaped the failed justice of the Nuremberg trials. Along the way, they discovered before anyone else, the full horror of Hitler's regime and the growing threat from Stalin's Russia.
 
Damien Lewis is a best-selling writer and documentary maker and reporter for the BBC and Channel 4.
 
A Q&A session will follow.
 
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Joris Luyendijk

Joris Luyendijk
Swimming With Sharks: My Alarming Journey into the World of the Bankers
Sunday 6th December 13.30 - 14.45
The All Saints Centre, Lewes
 
Luyendijk, an investigative journalist, knew as much about banking as the average person: almost nothing. Bankers, he thought, were ruthless, competitive, bonus-obsessed sharks, irrelevant to his life. Then he was assigned to investigate the financial sector. He immersed himself in the City for a few years, speaking to over 200 people - from the competitive investment bankers and elite hedge-fund managers to downtrodden back-office staff, reviled HR managers and those made redundant in the regular 'culls'. Breaking the strictly imposed code of secrecy and silence, these insiders talked to Joris about what they actually do all day, how they see themselves and what makes them tick.
 
They opened up about the toxic hiring and firing culture. They admitted that when Lehman Brothers went down in 2008 they hoarded food, put their money in gold and prepared to evacuate their children to the countryside. They agreed that nothing has changed since the crash.
 
Joris Luyendijk is a Dutch, non-fiction author, news correspondent, and talk show host. He used to write the Guardian's Banking Blog, which looked at the world of finance from an anthropological perspective.
 
A Q&A session will follow.
 
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Daphne Selfe

Daphne Selfe
The Way We Wore: A Life in Clothes
Sunday 6th December 15.15 - 16.30
The All Saints Centre, Lewes
 
Daphne Selfe has been photographed by Mario Testino, Nick Knight and David Bailey. She has modelled for Dolce and Gabbana, Red or Dead and high-street chains such as TK Maxx and regularly appears in newspaper fashion pages and glossy magazines. She is one of Britain's most in-demand supermodels and has worked non-stop for almost twenty years. But what makes her really rather extraordinary is that she is now in her late eighties.
 
Daphne grew up in an age when dresses were lovingly run up for you by your mother and when needlework for even the most basic outfit was an art form. Perhaps as a result, she has had a lifelong love affair with clothes and fashion. This is a heart-warming account of that love affair, taking readers from the organdie party frocks of a 1930s childhood to the pages of Vogue.
 
Daphne shares a wealth of anecdotes from her peripatetic childhood, following her teacher-father from school to school, from her modelling career, which began as a department store house model, and from her long and happy marriage.
 
A Q&A session will follow.
 
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Charles Moore

Charles Moore
Margaret Thatcher - The Authorised Biography, Volume Two
Sunday 6th December 17.00 - 18.15
The All Saints Centre, Lewes
 
Margaret Thatcher was the longest-serving Prime Minister of the twentieth century and one of the most influential figures of the post war era. Volume Two of Charles Moore's acclaimed authorized biography, which he will talk about, covers the central, triumphal years of her premiership, from the Falklands to the 1987 election. Based on unrestricted access to all Lady Thatcher's papers, unpublished interviews with her and all her major colleagues, Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography, Volume Two: Everything She Wants, is an indispensable portrait of a towering figure of our times.
 
Charles Moore joined the staff of the Daily Telegraph in 1979 and as a political columnist in the 1980s covered several years of Mrs Thatcher's first and second governments. He was Editor of the Spectator 1984-90; Editor of the Sunday Telegraph 1992-95; and Editor of the Daily Telegraph 1995-2003, for which he is still a regular columnist. The prize winning first volume of his biography of Margaret Thatcher was published in 2013.
 
A Q&A session will follow.
 
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Paul Cox

Paul Cox
Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions
Sunday 6th December 18.45 - 20.00
The All Saints Centre, Lewes
 
This talk from Paul Cox, Associate Curator at the National Portrait Gallery, provides a novel take on the traditional biography in that it explores the life of this complex man through portraits of Wellington himself, his friends, family and associates, as well as his political and military allies and opponents. There are examples of painted portraits by Goya and Thomas Lawrence, several caricatures that illustrate Wellington’s political career and a watercolour by George Chinnery that shows the future Duke as a young Major-General at the Chepauk Palace, Madras being received by Azim al - Daula, Nawab of the Carnatic, in February 1805.
 
Also shown is a rare photograph, a Daguerreotype, made by Antoine Claudet on the occasion of Wellington’s 75th birthday in 1844 and sections of a 66 ft. roll from the Collection of the National Portrait Gallery depicting his entire funeral procession. Cox explores Wellington’s military career and the battle of Waterloo, which remain central to his story, but also examines his personal relationships, his legacy and his enduring place in the popular imagination.
 
A Q&A session will follow.
 
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Andrew Hosken

Andrew Hosken
Empire of Fear: Inside the Islamic State
Sunday 6th December 20.30 - 21.45
The All Saints Centre, Lewes
 
In June 2014, Islamic State launched an astonishing blitzkrieg which saw them seize control of an area in the Middle East the size of Britain. The news was soon filled with their relentless acts of savagery, yet nobody seemed to know who they were or where they had come from.
 
Now BBC reporter Andrew Hosken delivers the inside story on Islamic State. Through extensive first-hand reporting, Hosken builds a comprehensive picture of IS, their brutal ideology and exterminationist methods. Equally compelling and horrifying, Empire of Fear reveals how Islamic State came to be, explores how they might be defeated and asks a frightening question – if they were brought down, could we stop another group emerging to replace them?
 
Andrew Hosken is one of the BBC’s most experienced correspondents. He reported on the 9/11 attacks from New York and on the 7/7 attacks from London. Over the course of his career he has covered numerous Middle-Eastern conflicts and their aftermaths, including the Arab Spring, the fall of Gaddafi, and the rise of the Islamic State. In 2003, he won the One World Media Award for his series on Algerian terrorism.
 
A Q&A session will follow
 
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