Sir Peter Westmacott – The George Millar Literary Dinner

We are delighted that the distinguished diplomat, Sir Peter Westmacott, can be with us this year to talk about his latest book: They Call It Diplomacy: Forty Years of Representing Britain Abroad. Sir Peter was British Ambassador to the United States from January 2012 until January 2016 during Obama’s Presidency. He was also British Ambassador to France from 2007-2012 and to Turkey from 2002-2006. His 43 year diplomatic career has included four years in Iran before the 1979 Revolution and a secondment to the European Commission in Brussels. Sir Peter was the Foreign and Commonwealth’s Director of the Americas from 1997-2000 and Deputy Under Secretary of State for the Wider World from 2000-2001. From 1990-1993, he was Deputy Private Secretary to HRH The Prince of Wales. As well as offering an engaging and insightful account of a forty-three year career spent in the upper echelons of the diplomatic and political worlds, They Call It Diplomacy sets out to explain what diplomats actually do. He mounts a vigorous defence of the continuing relevance of the diplomat in an age of instant communication, social media and special envoys and details what he sees as some of the successes of recent British diplomacy. A committed Internationalist, Sir Peter offers trenchantly Europhile views on the Brexit Referendum and its aftermath, and voices his concerns about Britain’s ability to continue to bring its influence to bear on the wider world now that it has left the European Union.

Guest Speaker: Sir Peter Westmacott

George Millar DSO MC, Croix de Guerre and Legion d’Honneur The Literary Dinner is held every year in memory of George Millar who for 50 years lived in West Dorset until his death in 2005. His war memoirs and his books on sailing are still in print and continue to be enjoyed by generations of readers of all ages.

When: Thursday 11th November 2021 @ 7.00 pm
Where: Tithe Barn
Sponsored by: The Electric Pub Company, Poundbury Wealth Management, The Symondsbury Estate