Event 5

Sunday 5th November 2023 | 6.00pm

Event 5 | Jeremy Bowen | The Making of the Modern Middle East


Jeremy Bowen – The Making of the Modern Middle East – A Personal History

Recently appointed as the International Editor for BBC News, award winning journalist Jeremy Bowen joined the BBC in 1984 and has been a war correspondent for much of his career. He has reported from more than 70 countries, predominantly in the Middle East – Afghanistan, Lebanon, Chechnya, Assad’s Syria and Netanyahu’s Israel – the Balkans and latterly from Ukraine. Based on his acclaimed podcast: Frontlines of Journalism, his new book takes us on a journey through the Middle East and explores the power games that have wreaked devastation on civilians as their leaders jostle for political, religious and economic control.

In conversation with Barney White-Spunner

When: Sunday 5th November 2023 @ 6.00 pm
Where: Electric Palace
Sponsored by: Felicity Fairbairn


Jeremy Bowen is the BBC’s Middle East Editor.  He has reported from more that seventy countries, covering thirteen wars, including those in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Chechnya, Somalia, the Middle East, Rwanda, former Yugoslavia and Ukraine.  His previous books include Six Days, War Stories and The Arab Uprisings. He lives in London.

Sir Barney White-Spunner is a former British regular soldier whose military career culminated as Commander of the British Field Army. He has led British and Multinational forces in a wide variety of countries, particularly in the Middle East. He has written extensively on rural affairs and military history and was knighted in 2011.  Married, with three children, he lives in West Dorset. His publications include Horse Guards (2006), the story of the British Household Cavalry; Of Living Valour (2015), the story of the British soldiers at Waterloo and Partition (2017), an account of Indian Independence and the birth of Pakistan which is an international best seller. His latest book, Berlin: The Story of a City has now been published worldwide.


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