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  22nd – 24th JULY 2016
Events will take place at The White Hart Hotel and The All Saints Centre Lewes
Details can be found at the top of each speaker’s description
 
 Friday 22nd July 2016

 

Peter Hain

Peter Hain
Back to the future of Socialism
Friday 22nd July 12.00 – 13.15 at The White Hart Hotel
 
What's gone wrong with capitalism and how should governments respond? What does the future hold for the Left
in the UK in the face of the austerity straitjacket around our politics and media?  Hain presents an evidence-based case for a radical alternative to the neo-liberal economic agenda and outlines what the Labour Party needs to do following the 2015 UK General Election to win again by returning to its core values of decency, social justice, equality and prosperity for all. Hain produces a rousing alternative to the neoliberal, right-wing orthodoxy of our era.

Peter Hain was a senior Minister for 12 years in Tony Blair and Gordon Brown’s governments, where he served as Secretary of State for Wales and Northern Ireland, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and as Leader of the Commons. He was also Europe Minister, Foreign Minister and Energy Minister and chaired the UN Security Council.

A Q & A Session will follow.

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Ken Livingstone
Ken Livingstone
Being Red: A Politics for the Future
Friday 22nd July 14.00 – 15.15 at The White Hart Hotel
 
How should the left govern? In the wake of a huge surge of interest in the Labour Party, Livingstone serves up an insider's account of the Party and its future, at a pivotal moment in its history. At a time when many are now looking to revive Labour's potential, Livingstone has form. His account takes us from the self-proclaimed ‘radical socialism’ of the Greater London Council, to his controversial independent candidacy that saw him branded as ‘dangerous’ by the Blairites, to the political battles against privatisation and pollution that characterised his time as Mayor. At each point, he suggests possible lessons for those who would seek to follow, or improve, on his achievements today.
 
Having spent years at the head of the GLC, serving two terms as London Mayor and having gone head to head with Boris Johnson, Livingstone offers a clear-sighted study of the left's possibilities and limitations, with reflections on the current state of the Labour Party.
 
A Q&A session will follow.
 
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Fiona Reynolds

Fiona Reynolds
The Fight For Beauty: Our Path to a Better Future
Friday 22nd July 16.45 - 18.00 at the All Saints Centre
 
We live in a world where the drive for economic growth is crowding out everything that can’t be given a monetary value. Reynolds proposes a solution that is at once radical and simple – to inspire us through the beauty of the world around us. Delving into our past, examining landscapes, nature, farming and urbanisation, she shows how ideas about beauty have arisen and evolved, been shaped by public policy, been knocked back and inched forward until they arrived lost in the economically-driven spirit of today. A passionate, polemical call to arms, The Fight for Beauty presents an alternative path forward: one that could take us all to a better future. 
 
Dame Fiona Reynolds was Director-General of the National Trust from 2001-12. Previously, she was Director of the Council for the Protection of Rural England. She is a Non-Executive Director of the BBC and Master of Emmanuel College Cambridge.
 
A Q&A session will follow.
 
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Malcolm Rifkind
Malcolm Rifkind
Politics and Pragmatism: The Memoirs of Malcolm Rifkind
Friday 22nd July 18.30 - 19.45 at the All Saints Centre
 
Sir Malcolm Rifkind's political career has been glittering and long-lived. He served as a Minister for 18 years which is longer uninterrupted service than anyone since Lord Palmerston in the 19th Century. Informed, stimulating and amusing, Rifkind relates his battles with Margaret Thatcher over Scotland, explains how he helped change Polish history during the Cold War, describes his presence at the Gorbachev-Thatcher summit and tells how he served as both Defence Minister and Foreign Secretary during some of the most turbulent years of the late 20th century. He also covers Rifkind's 5 pivotal years as Chairman of the Intelligence Committee, working with MI6, the CIA and both spies and those spied upon. For his robustness, he is currently banned from Russia by President Putin. Rifkind's memoir is serious and funny, wise and self-deprecatory.
 
A Q&A session will follow.
 
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David Aaronovitch

David Aaronovitch
Party Animals: My Family and Other Communists
Friday 22nd July 20.15 - 21.30 at the All Saints Centre
 
In 1961, just before Aaronovitch's 7th birthday, Yuri Gagarin came to London. The Russian cosmonaut was everything his family wished for—a popular, handsome embodiment of modern communism. But who were they, these ever defiant and historically doomed people? They lived secretly alongside the non-communist majority in the UK, sometimes persecuted, sometimes ignored, but carrying on their own ways and traditions. Where others went to church, they went to Socialist Sunday School. Society’s up was their down and its heroes were their villains.
 
Aaronovitch guides us back through his memories of belief and uncovers old secret service files and the unspoken shame and fears that provided the unconscious background to his own existence as a party animal. 
 
David Aaronovitch is a Times columnist who was once President of the NUS and a communist. He now calls himself a ‘radical moderate’. He has worked in radio, TV, magazines and newspapers.
 
A Q&A session will follow.
 
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Saturday 23rd July 2016

 

Philip Mansel

Philip Mansel
Aleppo : from Ottoman City to Twenty First Century Catastrophe
Saturday 23rd July 10.00 - 11.15 at the All Saints Centre
 
Aleppo lies in ruins. Its streets are plunged in darkness and most of its population has fled. But this was once a vibrant world city, where Muslims, Christians and Jews lived and traded together in peace. Aleppo is one of the oldest, continuously inhabited cities in the world, successively ruled by the Assyrian, Persian, Greek, Roman, Arab, Ottoman and French empires. Under the Ottomans, it became the Empire's 3rd largest city, after Constantinople and Cairo. It owed its wealth to its position at the end of the Silk Road, at a crossroads of world trade, where merchants from Venice, Isfahan and Agra gathered in the largest souk in the Middle East. Throughout the region, it was famous for its food and its music.  For 400 years British and French consuls and merchants lived in Aleppo and many of their accounts are used here for the first time. Mansel ‘s account is the first history of Aleppo in English.
 
Dr Philip Mansel, is described as ‘our greatest authority on the civilization of the Levant’, by William Dalrymple. He has published 11 books of history and has written for the Spectator, The Telegraph and The Independent
 
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Hugh Pym

Hugh Pym
Inside the banking crisis: The Untold Story
Saturday 23rd July 11.45 - 13.00 at the All Saints Centre
 
It was one of the gravest challenges faced by any British government in peacetime. The banking system, taken for granted by most of the population to pay for life’s essentials, came close to collapse. Yet nobody going about their business in October 2008 had any inkling how vulnerable the nation’s financial infrastructure was. Nobody, that is, bar a small group of policymakers and ministers working frantically in Whitehall and the City of London. Royal Bank of Scotland, larger than the entire annual output of the UK economy, had toppled. Another banking giant Halifax/Bank of Scotland was in desperate need of a bailout. A staggeringly large bill had to be paid to stave off disaster. But could Britain afford it? Doing nothing might have seen cash machines closed, depositors panicking and troops on the streets. These were the appalling dilemmas facing Downing Street and The Treasury.
 
This the definitive insider’s account of to the UK banking crisis.
 
Hugh Pym has been one of the leading commentators on the banking crisis and the British economic recession. He was The BBC's former Chief Economics Correspondent in 2013. Prior to then He worked for C4, Sky and ITN.
 
A Q & A Session will follow.
 
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John Gimlette updated

John Gimlette
Elephant Complex
Saturday 23rd July 13.30 – 14.45 at the All Saints Centre
 
Sri Lanka is a small island with a long, violent and enthralling history. Home to thousands of wild elephants, this is a place where natural beauty has endured, indifferent to human tragedy. Journeying through its many regions - some haunted by war, many rarely seen by our eyes - award-winning travel writer John Gimlette interviews ex-presidents and cricketers, tea planters and terrorists, negotiating the complex relationships of Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim communities and the more sinister forms of tourism.

Each city raises the ghosts of old colonies: Portuguese, Dutch and British armies striving to claim the most significant ports in the country. The political families of Colombo lead Gimlette through recent years of turmoil, survivors of the tsunami tell of their recovery and, tale by tale, scrap by scrap, the thorny truths of the civil war emerge - a war whose wounds have yet to heal.

John Gimlette is a travel writer who has won the prestigious Shiva Naipaul Prize for travel writing in 1997. His books have featured on BBC Radio 4 and he has a keen eye for the absurd. He also practices as a barrister.
A Q & A Session will follow.
 
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Peter Hennesy

Peter Hennessy
Reflections: Conversations with Politicians
Saturday 23rd July 15.15 - 16.30 at the All Saints Centre
 
Hennessy gives us the most interesting stories from his collection of transcripts from the best interviews of the BBC Radio 4 series "Reflections with Peter Hennessy," -  a show in which the British political elite spoke candidly about their careers and the moments that came to define their political lives. He relates conversations with, amongst others: former Prime Minister John Major; former Foreign Secretaries Margaret Beckett, David Owen, and Jack Straw; Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock; Liberal Party leader David Steel; and Chancellor of Exchequer Nigel Lawson. In addition, he speaks about his talks with leading women, including Shirley Williams and Clare Short, who spent years at the forefront of their parties in Westminster.
 
Baron Peter Hennessy is an English historian and academic specialising in the history of government.
 
A Q&A session will follow.
 
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Ruth Dudley Edwards

Ruth Dudley Edwards
The Seven: The Lives and Legacies of the Founding Fathers of the Irish Republic
Saturday 23rd July 17.00 - 18.15 at the All Saints Centre
 
On Easter Sunday, 23 April 1916, the members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood’s military council put their names to the Proclamation of the Irish Republic, declaring that they were the provisional government of an Ireland free from British rule. In effect, each man had knowingly signed his own death warrant. Since then, the Seven have been eulogized and used as political weapons by many, but today there is an increasing recognition within Ireland that it’s time for an honest re-discussion of the Easter Rising.
 
100 years on, award-winning author Ruth Dudley Edwards explores how the lives of Ireland’s founding fathers converged and how they came to espouse violence and asks if they had a coherent vision for their country or if they were, as some now allege, little more than a collection of fanatical misfits and failures.
 
Since 1993 Ruth has written for almost every national newspaper in the Republic of Ireland and the UK and appears frequently on radio and television and on the BBC World Service.
 
A Q&A session will follow.
 
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Dan Cruickshank

Dan Cruikshank
A History of Architecture in 100 Buildings
Saturday 23rd July 18.45 - 20.00 at the All Saints Centre
 
Renowned BBC television presenter Dan Cruickshank tells the history of architecture through the stories of 100 iconic buildings. From the ancient Egyptian pyramids to the soaring skyscrapers of Manhattan, he explores the world’s best-known buildings that represent key moments in architectural history. In doing so he shows buildings such as the Pantheon in Rome, Hagia Sophia in Turkey, the Taj Mahal in India and the Forbidden City in China.
 
He also covers less obvious and more surprising structures such as The Oriel Chambers in Liverpool and the Narkomfin Apartment Building in Moscow. Many of the buildings are in locations that are now inaccessible and under serious threat.
 
Dan Cruickshank also wrote and presented: ‘Dan Cruickshank & the Family That Built Gothic Britain’, ‘The Bridges That Built London’ and ‘Around the World in 80 Treasures’.
 
A Q&A session will follow
 
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Diarmaid MacCulloch

Diarmaid MacCulloch
All things made new: Writings on the Reformation
Saturday 23rd July 20.30 - 21.45 at the All Saints Centre
 
The Reformation which engulfed England and Europe in the 16th century was one of the most highly-charged, bloody and transformative periods in their history. Ever since, it has remained one of the most contested. MacCulloch traces the evolution of the English Prayer Book and Bible and reassesses the impact of the Reformation on Catholicism. Henry VIII and his archbishop, Thomas Cranmer, are both central presences and MacCulloch swiftly dispatches some of the received wisdom about them. Throughout, he brilliantly undermines one persistent English tradition of interpreting the Reformation - that it never really happened - and establishes that Anglicanism was really a product of Charles II's Restoration in 1660 rather than the 'Elizabethan Setttlement' of 1559.
 
Diarmaid MacCulloch is Professor of The History of The Church at Oxford University. He presented numerous series for BBC television such as ‘How God Made the English’ and ‘Sex and the Church.’
 
A Q&A session will follow.
 
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Sunday 24th July 2016

 

James Boys
James Boys
Hillary Rising: The Politics, Persona and Policies of a New American Dynasty
Sunday 24th July 10.00 - 11.15 at the All Saints Centre
 
On 12th April 2015, Hillary Clinton formally announced her intention to run for President, casting herself as the 'champion of everyday Americans'. With universal name recognition and the promise to make history as the first female occupant of the Oval Office, all seems set for Hillary to secure the one role that has eluded her to date. But what drives this most intriguing and polarising of political figures? And, perhaps more importantly, what kind of President would she make?
 
Drawing on original interviews with close associates of both Bill and Hillary, as well as a wealth of recently declassified materials from the Clinton archive, Boys offers a clear-sighted, non-partisan analysis of Hillary's political rise.
 
Dr. James D. Boys is a political historian specializing in the United States and its place in the world. He has a special interest in the study of the United States’ presidency and specifically in the administration of Bill Clinton. James is a familiar face to viewers of BBC News, Sky News CNBC and Al Jazeera.
 
A Q&A session will follow.
 
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Frances Welch
Frances Welch
Rasputin: A Short Life
Sunday 24th July 11.45 - 13.00 at the All Saints Centre
 
Grigory Rasputin, the Siberian peasant-turned-mystic, was as fascinating as he was unfathomable. He played the role of the simple man, eating with his fingers and boasting, 'I don't even know my ABC...' But, as the only person able to relieve the symptoms of haemophilia in the Tsar's heir Alexis, he gained almost hallowed status within the Imperial court. During the last decade of his life, he and his band of 'little ladies' came to symbolise all that was decadent and remote about the royal family. His role in the downfall of the tsarist regime is beyond dispute. But who was he really? Prophet or rascal? In this eye-opening short biography, which draws on previously unpublished material, Welch turns her inimitable wry gaze on one of the great mysteries of Russian history.
 
Frances Welch has written for the Sunday Telegraph, Granta, The Spectator and the Financial Times. She is married to the writer Craig Brown.
 
A Q&A session will follow.
 
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Lesley Thomson
Lesley Thomson in Conversation with Lisa Holloway
The House With No Rooms
Sunday 24th July 13.30 - 14.45 at the All Saints Centre
 
This new title is the latest in the bestselling Detective's Daughter series. We rejoin Stella Darnell, the Detective's Daughter, as she investigates a decades-old mystery in Kew Gardens. The summer of 1976 was the hottest in living memory. In the Botanical Gardens at Kew, a lost little girl, dizzied by the heat, thought she saw a woman lying dead on the ground. But when she opened her eyes, the woman had gone. Forty years later, Stella Darnell, the detective’s daughter, is investigating a chilling new case. What she uncovers will draw her into the obsessive world of botany and towards an unsolved murder that has lain dormant for decades... 
 
Lesley Thomson is from Lewes. Her first novel, A Kind of Vanishing, won the People's Book Prize in 2010. Her second novel, The Detective's Daughter, was a #1 bestseller and sold over 500,000 copies.
 
Lisa Holloway runs an Arts event in Brighton called The Space
 
A Q&A session will follow.
 
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Azi Ahmed
Azi Ahmed
Worlds Apart: A Muslim Girl with the SAS
Sunday 24th July 15.15 - 16.30 at the All Saints Centre
 
By the age of 12, Azi Ahmed had been fully trained in all the skills her mother thought necessary to become the perfect housewife: knitting, sewing and sitting pretty. Little did she know that a rather different sort of training lay in her future. With no military experience, physically slight and before entering Chelsea Barracks, socially isolated, Azi suddenly found herself in selection training hoping to become part of the British Army's most elite fighting force:- the SAS. She soon realised that the physical challenges were the least of her worries.
 
Deep-rooted ethnic and gender prejudices abounded and Azi was faced with trying to defend her religion within a regimented and hostile environment, a situation that was not helped by the events of 9/11. While Azi dealt with non-halal ration packs, squaddie drinking culture and the most rigorous tests of mental and physical strength, her parents, completely unaware of her double life, were still trying to find her a suitable boy to marry.
 
This is the incredible true story of the most violent of culture clashes, of one woman's fight not only to be 'the best of the best', but to remain true to herself in the process.
 
A Q&A session will follow.
 
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Tony Little
Tony Little
An Intelligent Person's Guide to Education
Sunday 24th July 17.00 - 18.15 at the All Saints Centre
 
Tony Little was, until the summer of 2015, the Headmaster of Eton. Yet, he is one of the most progressive and imaginative people in British education today. He argues that there is a crisis in the British education system. Year on year GCSE and A-Level pupils post better exam results, with more students achieving top grades. Yet business leaders and employers complain bitterly that our schools are not producing people fit for purpose. How do children absorb information? What kind of people does society need? What is education for?
 
Not only is the author one of the great reforming headmasters of our time but he has: planted Academies in the East end of London; founded a state boarding school near Windsor; and yet is a passionate advocate of single
sex schools.
 
Tony Little was educated at Eton and Cambridge.
 
A Q&A session will follow.
 
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John Andrews
John Andrews
The World in Conflict: Understanding the world's troublespots
Sunday 24th July 18.45 - 20.00 at the All Saints Centre
 
So far in the 21st Century, the USA and its allies have invaded Afghanistan; Russia has waged war with Georgia; the brutal Islamic State has emerged in the Middle East; and a constant contest for precious minerals in Africa has provoked - and financed - war and carnage. Other conflicts are less bloody, but still dangerous - the nervous stand-off between India and Pakistan in Kashmir, for instance, or the continuing stalemate between North and South Korea. Whether explosive or simmering, the number of violent conflicts in the world is high enough to surprise, intrigue and sober any reader. Andrews tackles head-on the reasons why global conflict is ever-present in our lives. He analyses the causes, contexts, participants, impacts and likely outcomes of each conflict. and, crucially, he considers where, why and how new conflicts might erupt.
 
John Andrews was The Economist's most experienced foreign correspondent, with postings in Europe, Asia and America. Before joining The Economist, he wrote from and about north Africa and the Middle East for the Guardian and NBC News.
 
A Q&A session will follow.
 
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Andrew Lownie
Andrew Lownie
Stalin’s Englishman
Sunday 24th July 20.30 - 21.45 at the All Saints Centre
 
This biography which won Guardian Book of the Year, and The Times and The Mail’s Best Biography of the Year, tells the story of Guy Burgess. He was the most important, complex and fascinating of 'The Cambridge Spies' - Maclean, Philby, Blunt - all brilliant young men recruited in the 1930s to betray their country to the Soviet Union. An engaging and charming companion to many, an unappealing, utterly ruthless manipulator to others, Burgess rose through academia, the BBC, the Foreign Office, MI5 and MI6, gaining access to thousands of highly sensitive secret documents which he passed to his Russian handlers.
 
Lownie shows us how even Burgess's chaotic personal life of drunken philandering did nothing to stop his penetration and betrayal of the British Intelligence Service. Even when he was under suspicion, the fabled charm which had enabled many close personal relationships with influential Establishment figures (including Winston Churchill) prevented his exposure as a spy for many years.
 
Andrew Lownie is a journalist who was also the London representative of the Washington-based National Intelligence Study Centre.
 
A Q&A session will follow.
 
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