Boswell Book Festival - Saturday

Date Occurs 13/05/2017 - 13/05/2017
Time Varies
Age range
Admission All tickets £8, £6. Except where indicated

10.45am Coffee Housing

Candia McWilliam, Gordon Turnbull and James Knox

Join us for an 18th century coffee house experience with novelist and memoirist, Candia McWilliam; editor of the Boswell Editions, Gordon Turnbull; and biographer, James Knox, who will be chatting about theirs and other families of writers.

Capacity 50

 

12.00pm Simon Sebag Montefiori bestselling historian unveils the secret world of The Romanovs, the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling an Empire that still defines Russia today. Rivalry, decadence and extravagance ended in the harrowing massacre of the last Tsar and his entire family.

Capacity 300

 

12.00pm Jason Lewis recognised by Guinness World Records as the first person to circle the earth by human power, without using motors or sails, he faced malaria, crocodiles, ocean crossings, deserts mountains, pirates and more to cover the 46,505-mile journey in thirteen adventure packed years.

Capacity 200

 

1.30pm Bella Bathurst spent her first 28 years hearing then 12 years deaf before recovering. Her new book, Sound, describes her personal journey and what it teaches you about listening and silence, music and noise, auricular science and the deaf’s secrets.

Capacity 200

 

2.00pm Philippe Sands, human rights lawyer, talks about his profoundly important book East West Street, a moving personal story of detection centring on the Nuremberg Trials and the two prosecutors who changed international law with the idea of ‘War Crimes’, while in parallel he uncovers his secret family in the Ukrainian city of Lviv.

Capacity 300

 

3.15pm Thomas Harding’s bestselling book House by the Lake is a superb portrait of twentieth century Germany seen through the prism of a house which was lived in, and lost, by five different families including his own.

Capacity 200

 

3.15pm Jeremy Musson, country house authority, celebrates the 10th anniversary of the saving of Dumfries House with a lavishly illustrated talk on its great Scottish architect and designer, Robert Adam.

Capacity 200

 

3.30pm Alex Norton’s journey from the streets of Glasgow’s notorious Gorbals to blockbuster Hollywood movies has rarely been smooth.  Describing a career that has been both highly colourful and extremely eventful, his talk will take us behind the scenes of a showbiz life very well lived.

Capacity 300

 

4.45pm James Hanratty, one of the UK’s most experienced immigration judges, has seen the plight of asylum seekers first hand and made decisions that changed lives. His memoir is profound, funny and affecting as he strives to dispense kindness and compassion as well as justice.

Capacity 200

 

4.45pm Richard Ingrams, Paul Tankard & James Knox A stimulating talk between Richard Ingrams, legendary co-founder of Private Eye and The Oldie, Paul Tankard, editor of Boswell’s journalism and James Knox, former publisher of The Spectator, during which they discuss what through history has made a great journalist, how can our rulers be held to account and how can our freedom of speech be secured.

Capacity 200

 

5.00pm George Dunn (94) and Dave Fellowes (92) took part in 77 operations between them with Bomber Command in World War II. An unmissable opportunity to hear two great survivors tell what it was like to fly deep into enemy territory over Nazi-occupied Europe and about the endurance required to survive such nerve-racking missions to help Britain triumph.

Capacity 300

 

6.15pm Richard Holmes, lauded for his lives of Shelley, Coleridge and Johnson, discusses his latest biographical quest in pursuit of his favourite Romantic subjects including powerful portraits of scientific and literary women. Hailed as the greatest literary biographer of his generation, Holmes calls the art of biography ‘the vital handshake across time’.

Capacity 200

 

6.15pm Madeleine Black, a counsellor in Glasgow, was brutally raped at the age of 13. She decided to tell her empowering story of survival, healing, forgiveness, transformation and hope in order to help break down the shame of sexual violence and offer help to others.

Capacity 200

 

6.30pm Malcom Rifkind, in the Foreign Office and the Ministry of Defence during some of the most turbulent years of the late twentieth century, tells the inside story from his battles with Thatcher over Scotland to chairing the Intelligence and Security Committee.

Capacity 300

 

8.00pm Dominic Dromgoole For the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, the artistic director of the Globe took Hamlet on a 193,000 mile tour to every country on the planet performing in sweltering deserts, refugee camps and heaving marketplaces and in doing so discovered how a sixteenth century play can touch lives the world over.

*A £1.50 fee will apply to all card transactions online and at Box Office.

 

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