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  • Martin Maudsley - Telling the Seasons - Stories, Celebrations and Folklore Around the Year.

    Telling the Seasons takes us on a journey through the twelve months of the year with stories, customs and celebrations from around the British Isles. Original drawings, sayings, songs, recipes and rhymes combine into a ‘spell-book’ and a colourful guide into how and why we continue to celebrate the seasons. In this special event to herald the book’s publication, Martin Maudsley collaborates with Dorset fiddle player Lucy Roberts to bring to life traditional stories and folksongs.

    £28  2 course lunch
    When: Sunday 6th November 2022 @ 12.30pm
    Where: Sladers Yard
  • Chris Patten - The Hong Kong Diaries

    In June 1992 Chris Patten went to Hong Kong as the last British Governor to prepare for handing back the British Colony to the Chinese in 1997. During these five years, he kept a diary chronicling the backstage battles which were to decide Hong Kong’s fate.  The Diaries give an insight into the difficulties of negotiating with the Chinese, how institutions of democracy could be strengthened and the need to ensure that a degree of self government would continue after handover. Patten also gives a powerful assessment of recent events and how best to manage matters.

    In conversation with Howard Davies
    When: Sunday 6th November 2022 @ 4.00 pm
    Where: Electric Palace
    Sponsored by: Liz and Richard Strang
  • Giles Milton - Checkmate In Berlin - The First Battle of the Cold War

    Giles Milton, writer and historian, discusses the high stakes tale of grit, skullduggery and raw power which was to divide Berlin. From the politics of the Yalta Conference in 1945 to the Soviet stranglehold of the city, this is an epic story of the first battle of the Cold War and how it shaped the modern world. Berlin’s fate was to be carved up by the victorious Allies and Soviets and the rival personalities and ideologies ensured that the city would be an explosive battleground.

    In conversation with Barney White-Spunner
    When: Monday 7th November 2022 @ 12 noon
    Where: The Bull Ballroom
    Sponsored by: John and Sue Bradbury | Barry Mawhinney
  • Nicholas Jubber - The Fairy Tellers - A Journey into the Secret History of Fairy Tales Fairy-tales are not just fairy-tales: they are records of historical phenomena, telling us something about how Western civilisation was formed. Award winning travel-writer Nicholas Jubber, explores their secret history: the people who told them, the landscapes that forged them and the cultures that formed them. Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson are inextricably associated with fairy tales but Nick discovers significant tellers long buried in history and uncovers the wealth of their long lost lives. An illustrated talk
    When: Tuesday 9th November 2022 @ 4.00 pm
    Where: The Bull Ballroom
    Sponsored by: Sue Robinson
  • Anthony Sattin - Nomads - The Wanderers Who Shaped Our World

    Award winning writer and journalist, Anthony Sattin, takes us on a journey with those nomadic peoples who effected change. Humans have been on the move for most of history. Even after urban advancement lured people into the great cities, most continued to live lightly on the move outside the pages of history. They built monuments, tamed the horse, fashioned the bow, fought with the Greeks and hastened the end of the Roman Empire. Their free movement brought a cultural flourishing to Eurasia enabling the Renaissance and changing history.

    In conversation with Jason Goodwin
    When: Tuesday 9th November 2022 @ 5.30 pm
    Where: The Bull Hotel
    Sponsored by: Adam Tindall
  • Roger Morgan-Grenville - Taking Stock - A Journey Among Cows

    Since highland cattle ransacked his grandmother’s vegetable patch when he was six, Roger Morgan-Grenville has been fascinated by cows. So much so that, at the age of 61, with no farming experience, he signed on as a part-time labourer at a beef cattle farm to tell their side of the story. The result is this lyrical and evocative book, part unsentimental manifesto for how we should treat cows and how blissfully unaware we are of the de-natured lives we often ask them to lead. Taking Stock explores the 10,000 years our lives have been intertwined with cattle and how we know so little about them.

    An illustrated talk

    When: Wednesday 10th November 2022 @ 12 noon
    Where: The Bull Ballroom
    Sponsored by: Rob and Alex Appelby
  • Max Egremont - The Glass Wall - Lives on the Baltic Frontier

    Few countries have suffered from the convulsions and bloodshed of twentieth century Europe than those in the eastern Baltic. Small nations such Latvia and Estonia found themselves caught between the giants of Germany and Russia, on a route across which armies surged or retreated. Their independence and safety is threatened yet again by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Max Egremont reveals a fascinating part of Europe, on a frontier whose limits may still be in doubt.

    In conversation with James Crowden

    When: Wednesday 9th November 2022 @ 2.30 pm
    Where: The Bull Ballroom
    Sponsored by: Helen and Andrew Carless | Rachel and Allan James
  • Gavin Mortimer - David Stirling - The Phoney Major - The Life, Times and Truth about the Founder of the SAS

    Best selling author and historian, Gavin Mortimer, gives a gripping and controversial account of David Stirling’s complex character. The formation of the Special Air Service in the summer of 1941 led to a new form of warfare and Stirling is remembered as the ‘father’ of special services soldiering. BUT was he really a military genius or shameless publicist who manipulated people and the truth? While instrumental in selling the SAS to Churchill, it was his second in command Paddy Mayne who, in the early days, really carried the Regiment. This is a riveting biography of Stirling; of a flawed character who remains legendary.

    An illustrated talk
    When: Thursday 10th November 2021 @ 10.30 am
    Where: The Bull Ballroom
  • David Burnett - Lost Dorset - The Towns 1880 - 1920

    Author and publisher, David Burnett, presents a glorious illustrated talk of Dorset Towns between 1880 - 1920, and his book is a companion to a previous volume on the Villages and Countryside of Dorset. However, Dorset’s towns have a very distinct identity of their own, with social life taking place on the street, fostering a sense of community - be they on the coast, inland market towns, or scattered heathland settlements. For some, time stood still, as others grew dramatically. A few of the 375 postcards chosen for the book are extremely rare and combine to make a unique portrait of urban Dorset. An illustrated talk
    When: Friday 11th November 2022 @10.30 am
    Where: Electric Palace
    Sponsored by: Felicity Fairbairn
  • Bryan Appleyard - The Car - The Rise and Fall of the Machine that made the Modern World

    Award winning feature writer and journalist, Bryan Appleyard, celebrates the immense drama and beauty of the car, the embodiment of genius and the limitless power of its complex systems. More than any other technology, cars have transformed our culture. Cars have created vast wealth as well as novel dreams of freedom and mobility. They have transformed our sense of distance and made the world infinitely more available - inspiring cinema, music and literature; they have need for roads, bridges, filling stations, huge factories and global supply chains and have re-engineered the world. He tells the story of the rise and fall of the incredible machine that has made the modern world what it is today. In conversation with Boris Starling
    When: Friday 11th November 2022 @ 4.30 pm
    Where: Electric Palace
  • Simon Sebag Montefiore - The World

    Internationally bestselling author, Simon Sebag Montefiore, gives a dazzling celebration of the human story, from caves to drones. Unlike any previous world history, he uses ‘family’ to tell the story. From places as diverse as Haiti, Cambodia and Congo as well as Europe, China and the Americas, Montefiore steers us through themes of war, migration, plague, religion and technology to the people at the heart of the human drama. In conversation with Prue Keely
    When: Saturday 12th November 2022 @ 12noon
    Where: Electric Palace
    Sponsored by: Rosi and Clive de Ruig | Annabelle and David Nabarro
  • David Owen - Riddle, Mystery and Enigma - Two Hundred Years of British-Russian Relations

    Britain’s relationship with Russia is surprisingly under-explored. When the two countries formed a pragmatic alliance at Navarino in 1827, relations then fell apart with the Crimean War. Not until the 1917 Revolution did Winston Churchill - opposed to Bolshevism - advocate diplomacy with Russia which necessitated allying with the Soviets against Nazi Germany in WWII. Bringing us into the 21st century, Lord Owen, a former Foreign Secretary, chronicles how both countries have responded to their geopolitical decline.

    In conversation with John Dean
    When: Saturday 12th November 2022 @ 4.00pm
    Where: Electric Palace
    Sponsored by: Tim Clarke
  • Jeremy Bowen - The Making of the Modern Middle East - A Personal History

    Jeremy Bowen is the BBC’s Middle East Editor and, since 1989, has reported from around the world covering thirteen wars including Afghanistan, Lebanon, Chechnya, Assad’s Syria and Netanyahu’s Israel. Based on his acclaimed podcast, his new book takes us 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. Bowen explains the complex past and troubled present of a region that at times seems ungovernable.

    In conversation with Barney White-Spunner
    When: Saturday 12th November 2022 @ 7.00pm
    Where: Electric Palace
    Sponsored by: Martin and Lindsay Bowdery

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