Winchester Speakers Festival 2018

24 Feb to 25 Feb
  • Winchester Discovery Centre at night
  • Winchester Discovery Centre at night

Winchester Discovery Centre

Jewry Street, Winchester

SO23 8SB

This year’s Winchester Speakers’ Festival brings together some of the UK’s most interesting speakers

The line-up includes:

  • Sir Oliver Letwin, the former Minister for Government Policy, explains how the central ideas of the modern conservative party came into being and what needs to happen next to make the country a better place to live.
  • Polly Toynbee and David Walker, The Guardian columnist and the former Director of Public Reporting at the Audit Commission respectively, explain how the British state has been systematically attacked and dismembered and the effects of this on us all.
  • Theodore Dalrymple, a retired physician and celebrated writer who practiced his career in an inner-city hospital and prison, tells of his encounters with modern criminals which he believes are reflective of the dysfunction within ‘modern’ culture.
  • Coline Covington, who is former Chair of the British Psychoanalytical Council, explains why people do evil.
  • Professor Martin Kemp of Oxford University, one the world’s leading experts on Leonardo da Vinci, sheds new light on the stories behind the Mona Lisa and the artist himself.
  • Professor Richard English, an expert on terrorism, asks the question: Does terrorism actually work?
  • Damien Lewis, the former war reporter and bestselling author, tells the story of the SAS Ghost Patrol mission when the special forces donned Nazi uniforms to perpetrate the most audacious mission of the entire war
  • Denis McShane, former Minister for Europe, explains why ‘Brexit’ will not mean full rupture with Europe.
  • Andrew Monaghan, Director of Research on Russia and Northern European Defence and Security at Pembroke, Oxford, returns to explain the Russian strategic agenda. 
  • Donald MacIntyre, the Independent’s former Jerusalem bureau chief, explains the situation in Gaza.
  • Nicholas Rankin, who was Chief Producer for BBC World Service shows how Gibraltar was the pivotal place in WW2 and how if Hitler had taken it, he may well have won the war.
  • John Andrews, a former senior foreign correspondent for The Economist, returns to give an update on conflict in the world and an insight into the world’s troublespots and what might happen next. 

To book tickets and for more information, please go to the Winchester Speaker Festival website or ring the Booking Line on 0333 666 3366

Festival Pass: £65 - Includes all events for all dates

1-Day Festival Pass: £45 - available for either the 24th or the 25th February 2018

Alternatively, single tickets cost £12.50 for each individual talk.

Purchase two tickets to one talk for £11 each, 3 or more for £10 each.

Early Bird price if bought before 1st February 2018 £9.50 each 

Saturday 24th February

Professor Martin Kemp - Mona Lisa: The People and the Painting: 11.45am – 1pm

Richard English - Does Terrorism Work? A History: 1.30pm – 2.45pm

Polly Toynbee and David Walker - Dismembered: How the attack on the state harms us all: 3.15pm – 4.30pm

Oliver Letwin - Hearts and Minds: 5pm – 6.15pm

Coline Covington - Everyday Evils: 6.45pm – 8pm

Damien Lewis - SAS Ghost Patrol: The Ultra-Secret Unit That Posed As Nazi Stormtroopers: 8.30pm – 9.45pm

Sunday 25th February

Nicholas Rankin - Defending the Rock: 10am - 11.15am

Donald MacIntyre - Gaza: Preparing for Dawn: 11.45am – 1pm

Theodore Dalrymple - The Knife Went in: Real-Life Murderers and Our Culture: 3.15pm – 4.30pm

Andrew Monaghan - Power in Modern Russia: 5pm – 6.15pm

Denis MacShane - Brexit, No Exit: Why (in the End) Britain Won't Leave Europe: 6.45pm – 8pm

John Andrews - The World in Conflict: Understanding the world's troublespots:

8.30pm – 9.45pm

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