THURSDAY 5 MAY
 
A HISTORY OF BRITAIN IN 50 BUILDINGS
10am
Upper Room Town Hall
£7

Caroline Stanford presents her richly illustrated book Landmark published in 2015 to mark fifty years of the Landmark Trust: the story of Britain from 1250 to the present day through fifty extraordinary buildings, rescued by the Landmark Trust, including Old Campden House. Co-authored with Anna Keay (see previous page) and with foreword by Griff Rhys Jones.
Caroline Stanford has a BA in Modern History from Oxford University, an MA in Early Modern History from London University, and an MSc in Historic Conservation from Oxford Brookes University. As Historian to the Landmark Trust she has researched many of the Trust’s buildings,participating in Landmark’s rescue of some of Britain’s finest buildings at risk.
http://www.landmarktrust.org.uk
@LandmarkHistory


 
STALIN’S ENGLISHMAN: THE LIVES OF GUY BURGESS
11.30am
Upper Room Town Hall
£7

Andrew Lownie’s illustrated talk on his biography that draws on thirty years of research in archives around the world, interviews with over a hundred people who knew Guy Burgess personally, and the discovery of hitherto secret files. Andrew charts Burgess’s life from naval cadet and Eton schoolboy to brilliant Cambridge undergraduate, from BBC talks producer, diplomat, agent for the Soviet government, MI5 and MI6 to his lonely tragic-comic exile in Russia “Complicated, revelatory: a superb biography more riveting than a spy novel.” The Telegraph
Andrew Lownie graduated from Magdalen College, where he won the Dunster Prize for History, and has an MSc in American Espionage from Edinburgh University. As President of the Cambridge Union Society in 1984 he arranged an international seminar on the Cambridge Spy Ring. In 1986 Andrew became the then youngest director in British publishing when he was appointed a director John Farquharson, now part of Curtis Brown. He set up the Andrew Lownie Literary Agency in 1988. He has written and reviewed for The Times, Spectator, The Telegraph and Guardian. He has written or edited seven books, including a biography of John Buchan.
http://www.andrewlownie.co.uk
@andrewlownie
This event is sponsored by Draycott Books Tel 01386 841392 @DraycottBooks


 
LANDSKIPPING AND BEING A BEAST
2pm
Upper Room Town Hall
£10

Anna Pavord’s part history, part travel book celebrates landscape from the rolling hills of Dorset to the sublime peaks of the Scottish Highlands, exploring the different ways in which painters, writers and agricultural improvers have, through the ages, responded to the land. “… beautifully written book.” The Sunday Times
Anna Pavord journalist, gardener and author has written a column for the Independent ever since its launch in 1986. She writes and presents programmes for BBC Radio 3 and 4 and has served for ten years on the Gardens Panel of the National Trust, the last five as Chairman. For the last thirty years she has lived in Dorset. Her books include The Tulip “Written by a scholar, reads like a thriller.” The Telegraph, The Naming of Names, and The Curious Gardener.

INTERVAL

clf_beast_300Charles Foster brings together neuroscience, psychology, naturalism and memoir to describe how he lived as a badger for six weeks, sleeping in a dirt hole and eating earthworms; and spent hours in a back garden in East London, rooting in bins like an urban fox. “… funny and profound … could inspire all kinds of positive action to save our planet.” The Guardian
Charles Foster, Fellow of Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford, is a qualified vet, teaches medical law and ethics, and is a practising barrister. He has run a 150-mile race in the Sahara, skied to the North Pole, and “bled in many beautiful and desolate landscapes.” He has written on subjects including travel, evolutionary biology, natural history, anthropology and philosophy.
www.charlesfoster.co.uk
@tweedpipe


 
BIG BOOK GROUP: UP AGAINST THE NIGHT
7.30pm
Upper Room Town Hall
£5

Doors open at 7pm
Tokeʼs Wine Bar

An informal discussion between Justin Cartwright and the audience on his serious novel that vividly encompasses the absurdity and comedy of life: his own relationship with South Africa, the country’s turbulent history, and its uncertain present. Chair Nikki Owen. “Frank is a melancholy Prospero … The Caliban figure … the monstrous Jaco … a rare novel that gets South Africa right.” The Guardian
Justin Cartwright born in South Africa and living in London, is a descendant of the Boer leader, Piet Retief, who was murdered by the Zulu king Dingane. Justin’s novels include the Booker-shortlisted In Every Face I Meet; the Whitbread Novel Award-winner Leading the Cheers; White Lightning, shortlisted for the 2002 Whitbread Novel Award; The Promise of Happiness, selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club and winner of the 2005 Hawthornden Prize; Other People’s Money, winner of the Spears novel of the year; and Lion Heart. @justincartwrig1
Nikki Owen, former marketing consultant and university teaching fellow, studied at the University of Salamanca, the city of her Spanish protagonist in The Spider In The Room Part 1 of The Project trilogy.
http://www.nikkiowenauthor.com
@nikkiwriter

 

READ AHEAD: Hardback available from The Borzoi Bookshop at over 20% off.
Tel 01451 830268 www.borzoibookshop.co.uk
Thanks to Toke’s Food and Drink Tel 01386 849345 http://www.tokesfoodanddrink.co.uk
This event is sponsored by Neil and Julie Hargreaves: Eight Bells 01386 841699
www.eightbellsinn.co.uk


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