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Wednesday November 15
The two acclaimed biographers discuss their latest subjects’ early twentieth century lives and love affairs.
The passionate relationship of Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen was immortalised in the book and film Out of Africa. In Too Close to the Sun, Sara Wheeler, traveller, journalist and broadcaster tells the story of this legendary love affair and provides a brilliant biography of a soldier, hunter and epitome of the courageous pioneer.
In If Love Were All, John Campbell, biographer of Margaret Thatcher, provides the first detailed study of the extraordinary relationship which lasted for over 30 years between David Lloyd George, then married and Chancellor of the Exchequer, and a young schoolteacher, Frances Stevenson. In 1913 they became lovers, but on Lloyd George’s terms: he would not leave his wife for her, nor would he risk his career.
The two historians of the dazzling but deadly Tudor age discuss figures, whose relationships with the reigning monarch put them in a privileged but precarious position.
The enigmatic relationship between Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester is the current subject of investigation by Sarah Gristwood, who famously shed light on the history of Arbella, Britain’s ‘lost queen’, born and bred in the belief that she would inherit her cousin Elizabeth I’s throne, but who died a lonely, squalid death in the Tower.
In Henry VIII’s Last Victim, Jessie Childs chronicles the life and times of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, one of the most flamboyant and controversial characters of Henry VIII’s reign. A pioneering poet, heir of England’s premier nobleman, first cousin to two of Henry VIII’s wives – Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard – and best friend and brother-in-law to the King’s illegitimate son, Henry Fitzroy, Surrey was caught up in all the major events of the reign and fell victim to the brutal power struggle at its end.
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Leading film critic Derek Malcolm defends criticism as an integral part of the film industry process, highlighting how great films are often brought to general attention by praise in the review pages. As an example, he discusses Michel Hanake’s Caché (2005), a screening of which follows:
Film Screening: Caché
Best-selling novelist and journalist Mil Millington created the cult website and writes for various newspapers and magazines. Love and Other Near Death Experiences is a jack-knifing comedy about things which should be no laughing matter.
Anarchic, poignant, subversive and witty, the contributors to The Living Room continue Folkestone’s long tradition of vibrant live performance. New performers welcome.
(asterix)Strong language very possible!
In his long and distinguished career in BBC News, spanning over 30 years, and which saw him as one of the main anchors of the Nine O’Clock News, Michael Buerk is indelibly linked with just one story. When he and cameraman Mohammed Amin first brought the plight of millions of starving Ethiopians to British screens in 1984, he needed to say little in order to convey the desperation and suffering. Buerk spent over 20 years as a foreign correspondent, reporting from more than 50 countries. Tonight he talks about witnessing history and presenting news in a career we have followed with the stories he has reported.