Lewes Speakers Festival
Friday 25th Jan 4.45pm Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to complete a single-handed non-stop circumnavigation of the world by sailing boat which he repeated aged 68 in 2007, talks about his life and extraordinary feats.
Friday 25th Jan 6.30 pm Simon Jenkins, Chairman of the National Trust and former Editor of the Evening Standard and Times, tells the story of Europe, from a battlefield of warring tribes to peace, wealth and freedom.
Friday 25th Jan 8pm Jerome Soucek, introduces,with a tasting session, a series of wines from the Languedoc of France and fabulous English sparklers from Sussex.
Saturday 26th Jan 9.15am Lynne Truss, The best selling author, discusses her comic crime novel which is set in Brighton.
Saturday 26th Jan 11am Dr David Lewis, explains how Hitler was hypnotised to believe that he had a divine mission ‘to make Germany great again’ and how he, in turn, used hypnosis and other techniques to control the masses.
Saturday 26th Jan 12.45pm Gregory Claeys, a leading historian of socialism, throws light on Marxism and what it can teach us in the modern era.
Saturday 26th Jan 2.30pm Rachel Reeves, Labour MP and Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial strategy, gives an account of the women who changed Westminster from Nancy Astor to Harriet Harman.
Saturday 26th Jan 4.15pm Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, the Independent writer, makes a spirited defence of political correctness as a way of preventing a descent into barbarism.
Saturday 26th Jan 6pm Robin Ince, The award winning Comic and co-host of The Infinite Money Cage, explains how we can understand ourselves and our psychology through standup comedy.
Saturday 26th Jan 7.45pm Louis de Bernières, the best-selling author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, explains his new book about a couple’s troubled marriage between the wars.
Sunday 27th Jan 9.15am Martin Bell, the former BBC war reporter, gives an account of his 50 years as a foreign correspondent in some of the world’s most dangerous places.
Sunday 27th Jan 11am Dr Sam Willis and Professor James Daybell, the BBC TV presenter and professor at Plymouth University respectively, lead us through history via entirely unexpected subjects such as the history of the beard, paperclips, bubbles and needlework.
Sunday 27th Jan 12.45pm Patrick Porter interviewed by Dr Andrew Monaghan, Professor Porter - expert in International Security at Birmingham University, discusses with Andrew Monaghan of Oxford University the blunder of the Iraq War and its consequences in the light of the Chilcot report.
Sunday 27th Jan 2.30pm Diana Darke, Expert on Syria and the Middle East and journalist, explains what hope there is for Syria, through the story of Abu Chaker, a refugee who transformed a Yorkshire mill and turned it into a global brand.
Sunday 27th Jan 4.15pm Peter Hitchens, the Mail on Sunday writer, questions whether WWII really was a ‘good war’.
Sunday 27th Jan 6pm James O’Brien, whose show on LBC has over a million listeners, discusses with Norman Baker, how he punctures the assumptions of everyone from Brexiteers, Daily Mail Disciples to little England patriots.
Sunday 27th Jan 7.45pm Peter Hain, Former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, leader of the House of Commons and anti-apartheid activist, chronicles the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela
For details please see www.lewesspeakersfestival.com