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  25th - 27th November 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 25th November 2016

 

Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz
Magpie Murders
Friday 25th November 12.15 - 13.30 at The White Hart Hotel
 
When editor Susan Ryeland is given the tattered manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has little idea it will change her life.  She's worked with the revered crime writer for years and his detective, Atticus Pünd, is renowned for solving crimes in the sleepy English villages of the 1950s.   As Susan knows only too well, vintage crime sells handsomely.  It's just a shame that it means dealing with an author like Alan Conway. But Conway's latest tale of murder at Pye Hall is not quite what it seems.  Yes, there are dead bodies and a host of intriguing suspects, but hidden in the pages of the manuscript there lies another story:  a tale written between the very words on the page, telling of real-life jealousy, greed, ruthless ambition and murder.
 
Anthony Horowitz is one of the UK's most prolific and successful writers. His novels: ‘The House of Silk’ and ‘Moriarty’ were Sunday Times Top 10 bestsellers and sold in more than 35 countries. He recently wrote the James Bond novel ‘Trigger Mortis’. His bestselling Alex Rider series for children has sold more than 19 million copies worldwide. As a TV screenwriter he created both ‘Midsomer Murders’ and the BAFTA-winning ‘Foyle's War’; other TV work includes ‘Poirot’ and more recently the hit series ‘New Blood’.
 
A Q & A Session will follow.
 
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Diana Darke
Diana Darke 
My House in Damascus: An Inside View of the Syrian Crisis
Friday 25th November 14.00 – 15.15 at The White Hart Hotel
 
How did Syria's revolution lose its way? Drawing on the author's first-hand knowledge of the country's complex religious and ethnic communities, this book illuminates the darker recesses of Syria's history, politics, and society. With the unique perspective of an Arabic-speaking British woman, Diana Darke became deeply embedded in all levels of Syrian society when she bought and restored a house in a mixed Sunni/Shi'a neighborhood of the walled Old City of Damascus. As fighting intensified and millions were forced to flee their homes, she offered her house as a sanctuary to friends. By following her experiences and struggles with the realities of life on the ground inside Syria, the reader will arrive at a clearer understanding of why the country remains locked in conflict and why most ordinary Syrians are caught between a repressive government and a splintering opposition, now overshadowed by a monster called ISIS.
 
Diana Darke is a fluent Arabic speaker and has specialised in the Middle East for over 30 years. The owner of an old courtyard house within the walls of Old Damascus, she is well known as an authority on Syria and has written for the Sunday Times, the Guardian, the Financial Times and the BBC. Diana Darke is the author of several guides to Syria and Eastern Turkey.
 
A Q & A session will follow.
 
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Franny Moyle

Franny Moyle
Turner: The Extraordinary Life and Momentous Times of J. M. W. Turner
Friday 25th November 16.45 - 18.00 at The White Hart Hotel
 
J. M. W. Turner is Britain's most famous landscape painter. Yet beyond his artistic achievements, little is known of the man himself and the events of his life: the tragic committal of his mother to a lunatic asylum, the personal sacrifices he made to effect his stratospheric rise and the bizarre double life he chose to lead in the last years of his life. A near-mythical figure in his own lifetime, Franny Moyle tells the story of the man who was considered visionary at best and ludicrous at worst. A resolute adventurer, he found new ways of revealing Britain to the British, astounding his audience with his invention and intelligence. Set against the backdrop of the finest homes in Britain, the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution, this is an astonishing portrait of one of the most important figures in Western art and a vivid evocation of Britain and Europe in flux.
 
Moyle also excavates the private Turner. Psychologically wounded as a child, by a family torn apart by death and mental illness, she suggests a man who could not embrace relationships fully until the very end of his life. Only then did he succumb to his love for the widowed Sophia Booth, concealing this all too human aspect of his life behind an assumed identity.
 
Franny Moyle was the BBC’s first Commissioner for Arts and Culture. She is now a freelance executive producer and writer.
 
A Q & A session will follow.
 
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Mary Keen
Mary Keen 
Paradise and Plenty: A Rothschild Family Garden
Friday 25th November 18.30 - 19.45 at The White Hart Hotel
 
As seen on BBC TV’s ‘Gardener’s World’. The productive garden at Lord Rothschild's private house, Eythrope in Buckinghamshire, is legendary in the garden world for the excellence of the gardening and as a haven for traditional techniques that might otherwise be lost. Under the leadership of the renowned head gardener Sue Dickinson, this garden works on a scale that is now unique, producing, year-round, all the fruit, vegetables and flowers for a country house where entertaining still happens on a grand scale and where everything is done to the highest standards. Paradise and Plenty will open a window on a garden that has always, until now, been kept intensely private and a world beyond most gardeners' dreams. But in this talk everything shown is useful as well as beautiful. Many of the techniques used at Eythrope are old and tried, but have fallen out of use almost everywhere else.
 
Mary Keen is an internationally known designer who has worked in the USA, France and Corfu, as well as on many English gardens of great distinction. For 20 years she was a member of the National Trust Gardens Panel, which advises on the care of important and historic gardens. She has monthly columns in the Daily Telegraph and Garden magazine and is a regular contributor to Gardens Illustrated and the Spectator.
 
A Q & A session will follow.
 
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Brian Klass

Brian Klaas
The Despot’s Accomplice
Friday 25th November 20.15 – 21.30 at The White Hart Hotel
 
For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the world is steadily becoming less democratic. Though the true culprits are dictators and counterfeit democrats, the West is often complicit in contributing to the global decline of democracy. In pursuit of short-term economic and political objectives, governments in Washington, London and Brussels ultimately make the world less prosperous and stable. As Brian Klaas argues in this thoughtful talk, this is in nobody’s interests, least of all Western democracies – it is time for a rethink.
 
This presentation draws on interviews on the frontlines of the global struggle for democracy, from a poetry-reading, politician-kidnapping general in Madagascar, and Islamist torture victims in Tunisia, to Belarusian activists tailed by the KGB, and tea-sipping members of the Thai junta. Cumulatively, their stories weave together the tale of a broken system at the root of democracy’s global retreat.
 
Brian Klaas is a fellow in Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics, where he focuses on democratisation and political violence. He has advised several national governments and major international NGOs, including International Crisis Group, the Carter Center, and One Earth Future.
 
A Q & A session will follow.
 
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Saturday 26th November 2016

 

Marina Benjamin

Marina Benjamin
The Middlepause: on turning fifty
Saturday 26th November 10.00 - 11.15 at The White Hart Hotel
 
In a society obsessed with living longer and looking younger, what does middle age nowadays mean? How should a fifty-something be in a world ceaselessly redefining ageing, youth, and experience? This talk offers hope and heart. Cutting through society’s clamorous demands to work longer and stay young, it delivers a clear-eyed account of midlife’s challenges. Spurred by her own brutal propulsion into menopause, Marina Benjamin weighs the losses, joys and opportunities of our middle years, taking inspiration from literature and philosophical example. She uncovers the secret misogynistic history of HRT and tells us why a dose of Jung is better than a trip to the gym. Attending to ageing parents, the shock of bereavement, parenting a teenager, and her own health woes, she emerges into a new definition of herself as daughter, mother, citizen and woman.
 
Marina Benjamin suggests there’s comfort and guidance in memory, milestones and margins, and offers an inspired and expanded vision of how to be middle-aged happily and harmoniously.
 
Marina Benjamin is a writer and journalist. A former arts editor of the New Statesman and deputy arts editor of the Evening Standard, she is now Senior Editor at Aeon magazine.
 
A Q & A Session will follow.
 
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Susan Williams

Susan Williams
Spies in the Congo: The Race for the Ore That Built the Atomic Bomb
Saturday 26th November 11.45 - 13.00 at The White Hart Hotel
 
Spies in the Congo is the untold story of one of the most tightly-guarded secrets of the Second World War: America's desperate struggle to secure enough uranium to build its atomic bomb. The Shinkolobwe mine in the Belgian Congo was the most important deposit of uranium yet discovered anywhere on earth, vital to the success of the Manhattan Project. Given that Germany was also working on an atomic bomb, it was an urgent priority for the US to prevent uranium from the Congo being diverted to the enemy - a task entrusted to Washington's elite secret intelligence agents. Sent undercover to colonial Africa to track the ore and to hunt Nazi collaborators, their assignment was made even tougher by the complex political reality and by tensions with Belgian and British officials.  A gripping spy-thriller, Spies in the Congo is the true story of unsung heroism, of the handful of good men -- and one woman -- in Africa who were determined to deny Hitler his bomb.
 
Susan Williams has published widely on Africa receiving widespread acclaim for Colour Bar  which will become a major motion picture entitled 'A United Kingdom' in late 2016. Her book: Who Killed Hammarskjöld? triggered a fresh UN inquiry into the death of the secretary general. She is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London
 
A Q & A Session will follow.
 
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Andrew Monaghan

Andrew Monaghan
The New Politics of Russia
Saturday 26th November 13.30 – 14.45 at The White Hart Hotel
 
From the conflict in Syria to the crisis in Ukraine, Russia continues to dominate the headlines. Yet the political realities of contemporary Russia are poorly understood by Western observers and policy-makers. In this talk Monaghan explains why we tend to misunderstand Russia - and the importance of 'getting Russia right'. Exploring in detail the relationship between the West and Russia, he charts the development of relations and investigates the causes of the increasingly obvious sense of strategic dissonance. He also considers the evolution in Russian domestic politics, introducing influential current figures and those who are forming the leadership and opposition of the future. By delving into the depths of difficult questions such as the causes of the Ukraine crisis or the political protests surrounding the 2011-12 elections, he offers a dynamic model for understanding this most fascinating and elusive of countries.
 
Dr Andrew Monaghan is senior research Fellow in the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House. He is also the founder and director of the Russia Research Network, an independent organization for the generation of information and expertise on Russian politics, security and economic issues.
 
A Q & A Session will follow.
 
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AT THE ALL SAINTS CENTRE, LEWES

 

 

Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris

Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris
Ladybird Books For Grown-ups
Saturday 26th November 17.00 - 18.15 at the All Saints Centre
 
Authors Jason and Joel have been writing together since they secretly produced spoof versions of their Head Teacher's newsletter at school, and have gone on to write for a host of the biggest names in comedy: everyone from Charlie Brooker and Mitchell & Webb, to Miranda Hart, Paddington Bear, and Matt Lucas. Recent hits include Cunk on Shakespeare, Murder in Successville and Charlie Brooker's annual Wipe reviews of the year. They’ve been fans of Ladybird since they were old enough to fall over with any dignity and consider being allowed to have fun with Ladybird's astonishing picture archive is a ridiculous privilege; one which has allowed them to offer a helping hand with the baffling world of being a grown-up. They divide their time between London and the pub.
 
A Q & A session will follow.
 
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Gideon Rachman

Gideon Rachman
Easternisation: War and Peace in the Asian Century
Saturday 26th November 18.45 - 20.00 at the All Saints Centre
 
The West’s domination of world politics is coming to a close. The flow of wealth and power is turning from West to East and a new era of global instability has begun. Easternisation is the defining trend of our age – the growing wealth of Asian nations is transforming the international balance of power. This shift to the East is shaping the lives of people all over the world, the fate of nations and the great questions of war and peace. A troubled but rising China is now challenging America’s supremacy and the ambitions of other Asian powers – including Japan, North Korea, India and Pakistan – have the potential to shake the whole world. Meanwhile the West is struggling with economic malaise and political populism, the Arab world is in turmoil and Russia longs to reclaim its status as a great power.
 
We are at a turning point in history: but Easternisation has many decades to run. Gideon Rachman offers a road map to the turbulent process that will define the international politics of the twenty-first century. 
Gideon Rachman is Chief Foreign Affairs columnist for the Financial Times after a 15-year career at The Economist.
 
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Damien Lewis

Damien Lewis
Hunting Hitler's Nukes: The Secret Race to Stop the Nazi Bomb
Saturday 26th November 20.30 - 21.45 at the All Saints Centre
 
In the Spring of 1940, as Britain reeled from defeats on all fronts and America seemed frozen in isolation, one fear united the British and American leaders like no other: the Nazis had stolen a march on the Allies towards building the atomic bomb. So began the hunt for Hitler's nuclear weapons - nothing else came close in terms of priorities. It was to be the most secret war of those wars fought amongst the shadows. The highest stakes. The greatest odds. Prior to the outbreak of the war the massive German chemicals conglomerate I.G. Farben - the future manufacturers of Zyklon-B, the gas used in the Nazi concentration camps - had started producing bulk supplies of deuterium oxide - heavy water - at the remote Norwegian plant of Vemork. This was the central target of three separate missions - Operations GROUSE, FRESHMAN and GUNNERSIDE - over the ensuing four years.
 
Lewis's new bestseller which is described by Bear Grylls as ‘an utterly compelling read'  intercuts the hunt for the scientists, the raw materials and the plant.  He delves into some of the most extraordinarily innovations at the SOE, whereby the enemy were tricked, blackmailed and double-crossed in the name of stopping the Reich from getting the bomb.
 
Damien Lewis has spent 20 years reporting from war, disaster and conflict zones around the world. He is an established bestseller and the author Churchill’s Secret Warriors and The Nazi Hunters.
 
A Q & A session will follow
 
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Sunday 27th November 2016

 

Kajsa Norman
Kajsa Norman
Bridge over Blood River: The Rise and Fall of the Afrikaners
Sunday 27th November 10.00 - 11.15 at the All Saints Centre
 
20 years after the fall of apartheid the white Afrikaner minority fears cultural extinction. How far are they prepared to go to survive as a people? Bridge Over Blood River is a haunting and subversive evocation of South Africa’s racial politics and provides some unsettling answers. Along the Orange River in South Africa, there lies the breakaway republic of Orania, where a thousand Afrikaners are working to construct a white-African utopia. Citing their desire to preserve their language and traditions, they have sequestered themselves in an isolated part of the arid Karoo region. Here, they can still dictate the rules and create a homeland with its own flag, currency and ideology. Kajsa Norman traces the war for control of South Africa, its people, and its history, from the Battle of Blood River in 1838, through the brutality of apartheid, to Orania today. Weaving between the past and the present, Bridge Over Blood River highlights how years of fear, nationalism, and social engineering have left the modern Afrikaner struggling for identity and relevance.
 
Kajsa Norman is a London-based investigative journalist and author. She has published books on Cuba, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Venezuela. Her books explore how people and power structures act and react in extreme, politically charged environments, such as dictatorships and conflict zones. 
 
A Q & A session will follow.
 
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AT Williams
A T Williams
A Passing Fury: Searching for Justice at the End of World War II Hardcover
Sunday 27th November 11.45 - 13.00 at the All Saints Centre
 
After the horror of the Second World War, the Nuremberg Tribunal became a symbol of the ‘free world’s’ choice of justice in the face of tyranny, aggression and atrocity. But it was only a fragment of retribution as, with their Allies, the British embarked on the largest programme of war crimes investigations and trials in history.
 
Williams exposes the deeper truth of this controlled scheme of vengeance. Moving from the scripted trial of Göring, Hess and von Ribbentrop, to the makeshift courtrooms where ‘minor’ war criminals (the psychotic SS officers, the brutal guards, the executioners) were prosecuted, he tells the story of the extraordinary enterprise, the investigators, the lawyers and the perpetrators and asks the question: was justice done?
 
A T Williams is a professor of law at the University of Warwick, where he directs the Centre for Human Rights in Practice. He has been involved in human rights work nationally and internationally for more than fifteen years. His first book, ‘A Very British Killing’ won the 2013 Orwell Prize
 
A Q & A session will follow.
 
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Anne Sebba
Anne Sebba 
Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940s
Sunday 27th November 13.30 - 14.45 at the All Saints Centre
 
What did it feel like to be a woman living in Paris from 1939 to 1949? These were years of fear, power, aggression, courage, deprivation and secrets until – finally – renewal and retribution.  Even in the darkest moments of Occupation, glamour was ever present. French women wore lipstick. Why? It was women who came face to face with the German conquerors on a daily basis – perhaps selling them clothes or travelling alongside them on the metro, where a German soldier had priority over seats. By looking at collaborators to resisters, actresses and prostitutes, as well as teachers and writers, including American women and Nazi wives, spies, mothers, mistresses, fashion and jewellery designers – Sebba shows that women made life-and-death decisions every day, and, in an atmosphere where sex became currency, often did whatever they needed to survive.
 
Sebb also explores the aftershock of the Second World War. How did women who survived to see the Liberation of Paris come to terms with their actions and those of others? Les Parisiennes is the first in-depth account of the everyday lives of women and young girls in this most feminine of cities.
 
Anne Sebba was a foreign correspondent for Reuters based in London and Rome. She is the acclaimed author of ‘Jennie Churchill: Winston’s American Mother’, the international bestseller ‘That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor’.
 
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Lord David Owen
Lord David Owen
Cabinet's Finest Hour: The Hidden Agenda of May 1940
Sunday 27th November 15.15 - 16.30 at the All Saints Centre
 
Former Foreign Secretary David Owen speaks about the pivotal British War Cabinet meetings of May 1940. The minutes and documents reveal just how close Britain came to seeking a negotiated peace with Nazi Germany. Cabinet’s Finest Hour is both the story of Churchill’s determination to fight on and a paean to the Cabinet system of government. The Cabinet system, all too often disparaged as messy and cumbersome, worked in Britain’s interests and ensured a democracy on the brink of defeat had the courage to assess the alternatives to fighting on. The post-war denial of both the existence and legitimacy of the war cabinet debates had far-reaching consequences for Britain’s foreign and defence policy for the rest of the century, starting over the Suez Crisis but reaching its nadir over the Second Iraq War.
 
Dr David Owen practised as a neurologist before being elected a Labour MP in his home city of Plymouth in 1966. He served as Foreign Secretary under James Callaghan from 1977 until 1979, and later co-founded and went on to lead the Social Democratic Party (SDP). Between 1992-95 Lord Owen served as EU peace negotiator in the former Yugoslavia. He now sits as an Independent Social Democrat in the House of Lords.
 
A Q & A session will follow.
 
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General Sir Richard Shirreff
General Sir Richard Shirreff
War with Russia
Sunday 27th November 17.00 - 18.15 at the All Saints Centre
 
President Putin said: 'We have all the reasons to believe that the policy of containment of Russia which was happening in the 18th, 19th and 20th century is still going on...' And 'If you press the spring, it will release at some point. Something you should remember.' Like any 'strongman', the Russian president's reputation for strength is everything. Lose momentum, fail to give the people what they want and he fails. The President has already demonstrated that he has no intention of failing. He has already started a lethal dynamic which, unless checked right now, could see him invade the Baltic states. Russia's invasion and seizure of Georgia in 2008 was our 'Rhineland moment'. We ignored the warning signs - as we did back in the 1930s - and we made it 'business as usual'. Crimea in 2014 was the President's 'Sudetenland moment' and again he got away with it. Since 2014 Russia has invaded Ukraine. The Baltics could be next.
 
General Sir Richard Shirreff who is the recently retired Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe and endorsed by senior military figures, shows how war with Russia could erupt with the bloodiest and most appalling consequences if the necessary steps are not taken urgently.
 
A Q & A session will follow.
 
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Colin Thubron
Colin Thubron
Night of Fire
Sunday 27th November 18.45 - 20.00 at the All Saints Centre
 
A house is burning. Its six tenants include a failed priest, a naturalist, a neurosurgeon and an invalid dreaming of his anxious boyhood. Their landlord’s relationship to them is both intimate and shadowy. At times he shares their preoccupations and memories. He will also share their fate.
 
In Night of Fire the passions and obsessions of these unquiet lives reach beyond the dying house that holds them. Ranging from an African refugee camp to the cremation-grounds of India, their memories mutate and criss-cross in a novel of lingering beauty and mystery.
 
Award-winning prolific travel writer and novelist Colin Thubron has worked as a freelance television film-maker in Turkey, Japan and Morocco. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature since 1969, Colin Thubron is a regular contributor and reviewer for magazines and newspapers including The Times, the Times Literary Supplement and The Spectator.
 
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Neil Woods
Neil Woods
Good Cop, Bad War 
Sunday 27th November 20.30 - 21.45 at the All Saints Centre
 
'The logic of the drugs war only leads one way: the police get smarter, so the criminals get nastier. Things can only ever go from bad to worse, from savagery to savagery…’ Woods was the first and best of his kind – an undercover cop whose brief was to infiltrate Britain’s most dangerous drug gangs, befriending the foot soldiers before taking on their gangster bosses. 
 
Starting out in the early 90s and making the rules up as he went, Woods was at the forefront of police surveillance. He quickly earned a name as the most successful operative of his time and his expertise was called upon by drugs squads around the country to tackle an ever growing problem.
 
But after years on the streets, spending time with the vulnerable users at the bottom of the chain, Woods began to question the seemingly futile war he was risking both his life and sanity for. What if the real enemy wasn’t who he thought? This is an intense account of the true effects of the War on drugs and a gripping insight into the high pressure world of British undercover policing.
 
Neil Woods spent 14 years (1993-2007) infiltrating drug gangs as an undercover policeman, befriending and gaining the trust of some of the most violent, unpredictable criminals in Britain. There was no training, no manual and no plan for when things went wrong; he was just dropped at a corner and told to make connections. But, inevitably, having swords thrust against his jugular, witnessing beatings, stabbings, and gangsters burning suspected rats with acid took its toll.
 
A Q & A session will follow.
 
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