Portsmouth Festivities Speakers Day

Date/Time: Thursday 22 June, 2017 - 10:00am

Date/Time End: Thursday 22 June, 2017 - 10:00pm

Venue: St George's Church, St George's Square, Portsmouth

This year’s Portsmouth Festivities Speakers Day (part of Portsmouth Festivities 16-25 June), brings together some of the UK’s most interesting speakers for you to meet and question.

  • Ken Livingstone, former Mayor of London, reports on the left’s possibilities and limitations, with reflections on the current state of the Labour Party.
  • Former Minister of Europe Denis MacShane discusses with the renowned Daily Mail writer: Peter Hitchens the issues surrounding Brexit.
  • Diane Darke reflects on her experiences and struggles with the realities of life on the ground inside Syria and the story of the house she bought.
  • Adrian Tinniswood, an English writer and historian who will be discussing his book the Long Weekend: Life in the English Country House Between the Wars, drawing on hundreds of memoirs on unpublished letters and diaries on the eye witness testimonies and intrigues of the life in the UK’s stately homes.
  • Andrew Lownie tells the tale of ‘Stalins Englishman’: the story of the double agent and spy Guy Burgess. The book won Guardian Book of the Year.
  • Dermot Turing, nephew of Alan Turing, takes a fresh look of the real stories behind the iconic codebreaker’s life and his cracking of the Enigma code.
  • Peter Clark, the well-known writer and Arabist, tells the story of a walk undertaken by  Charles Dickens and how walking features in Dickens’ stories.

Tickets are now available at www.portsmouthfestivities.co.uk/events/ or from the booking line: 023 9282 8282. Tickets cost £10.50 if booked by 22 May or after this date – £13.50 for single speaker and £47 for an all-inclusive day ticket.

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