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Winchester Speakers Festival

20 Oct 2018 - 21 Oct 2018

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Address: Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8SB
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From the 20th to 21st October 2018 at The Discover Centre in Jewry Street. Winchester, The Winchester Speakers Festival at: brings together some of the most exciting speakers in the UK.

John Crace, the Guardian’s parliamentary sketch writer, satirises Theresa May’s first year in office, coining the term ‘Maybot’ for her personality.

Peter Hitchens, the controversial Mail on Sunday writer, questions whether WWII really was a ‘good war’ and what action in 1939 led to.

Angela Eagle and Imran Ahmed, the shadow minister/ chair of Labour’s NEC and political advisor to senior Labour politicians respectively, talk about the new serfdom in British society.

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.

Philip Collins, the former chief writer of Tony Blair’s speeches and columnist for the Times produces a life raft to a different future, for all of those who feel politically adrift.

Louis de Bernieres, the best-selling author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, explains his new book about a couple’s troubled marriage between the wars.

• Sarah Churchwell, Fellow of American Literature at the University of London, explains the history of Trump’s ‘America First’ mantra and the ‘American dream’

• Jonathan Fenby, former editor of the Observer, looks at the pivotal changes which were forged in 1947-48, which lead to the cold war and defined the world post war era.

Kamal Ahmed, Economics editor for the BBC, analyses his childhood in the 1970s as a half-Sudanese, half-English man and makes the case for a new conversation about race.

Dr Anabel Inge, who taught at SOAS, throws light on Salafi Islamic women (a fundamentalist, yet overwhelmingly peaceful version of Islam that is spreading fast in the West) and why it wins converts in a liberal, secular society.

Gregory Claeys, a leading historian of socialism, throws light on Marxism and explains what Marx may be able to teach the modern era, despite its 20th Century history.

Professor Ali Ansari, an expert on Iran, gives an introduction to the country and its present dilemmas.

Vicky Pryce, the former Chief Economist at KPMG and Director General for economics at the department for Business, Innovation and Skills, explains why women need quotas.

David Fraser, a former senior probation officer and criminal intelligence analyst, describes how Britain’s reliance on alternatives to imprisonment allows all types of violent crime to flourish.

To book tickets and for more information, please go to or ring the Booking Line on 03336 663 366.

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

1-Day Festival Pass: £45 – available for either the 20th or the 21st October 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.

Get reduced tickets now for £9.50 call 03336 663 366 for more details.