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  • James Rebanks’s grandfather taught him to work the land the old way. Their family farm in the Lake District was part of an ancient landscape: a patchwork of crops and meadows, of pastures grazed with livestock, hedgerows teeming with wildlife. When James inherited the farm, it was barely recognisable - labourers vanished from the fields, stone barns had crumbled and the skies emptied of birds. English Pastoral tells of how the countryside has been brought close to collapse. Yet this elegy is also a song of hope and how a farmer can salvaged a legacy.

    In conversation with James Crowden

    When: Saturday 7th November 2020 @ 11.00am
    Where: Electric Palace
  • Dan Pearson has created a remarkable garden which combines Japanese culture and long held respect for nature with contemporary ecological planting and naturalistic design. His book shares the insights gained into how to plant gardens that feel right for their location and to reconnect the land and wildlife that surround us. The Tokachi Millennium Forest brings together the culture, aesthetics and horticultural practices of the East and West combining an awareness of the past and protection of the future.

    When: Saturday 7th November 2020 @ 2.30pm
    Where: Electric Palace
  • Kim Darroch was British Ambassador to the US as the age of Trump dawned and Brexit unfolded. One of the UK’s most experienced and respected diplomats, he was given the task of explaining Trump to the British and Brexit to the Americans. Choosing to resign after confidential cables criticising the administration were leaked to the press, this is the first time Darroch has spoken of his time in the top job, how the leak unfolded, that Trump tweet and Boris Johnson’s (then Foreign Secretary) headline making reaction. The best informed insider and the first British official to be candid on the current situation, Darroch details the highs and lows of life in the swamp and the challenges of dealing with the former TV star’s White House and his extraordinary inter-action with key players inside the administration including Jared Kushner and Michael Cohen. He gives a pacey, honest account rich in anecdote and colour.

    Lord Darroch flies back to England from the US on the 6th November having been an influential part of the Sky News team covering this year’s Presidential Election. We will know by then whether Trump has managed to win back the Presidency and Darroch will share his views which will be as ever frank and revealing.

    In conversation with Sir Oliver Letwin

    When: Saturday 7th November 2020 @ 6.30pm
    Where: Electric Palace