Event 28

David Olusoga

Black and British – A Short, Essential History

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An introduction to Black British history for readers of 12+ by historian and broadcaster David Olusoga. When did Africans first come to Britain? Who are the well-dressed black children in Georgian paintings? Why did the American Civil War disrupt the Industrial Revolution? These and many other questions are answered in this essential introduction to 1800 years of Black British history: from the Roman Africans who guarded Hadrian's Wall right up to the present day.

12+ years
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Event 29

James Haskell talks to Annie Vernon

What a Flanker/Mind games

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One of rugby’s most ferocious flankers and biggest characters, James Haskell has had an extraordinary, global experience of the game, having played for the Wasps, Northampton and England, and in New Zealand, France and Japan. After 17 years and with 77 international caps, he has a lot to say about rugby life – from pitch to pub and everywhere in between.

Throughout her career as one of the world's top athletes, Olympic Silver Medallist Annie Vernon struggled with an existential question about the purpose of sport in our comfortable, first-world society: why do we do it? What is it about our psyche that makes pushing the mind and body to their limits in order to win a foot race, a swimming race or a rowing race such a basic human desire? Having retired from competition, Annie decided to look for answers to these questions in the world of mind games. What is the psychology behind sport at an elite level and are there differences between the individual psychology required for elite team sports as opposed to individual sports?

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Event 30

James O'Brien talks to Stephanie Merritt

How Not To Be Wrong

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Parliamentary Book Award-winner and Sunday Times bestseller, James O’Brien unexpectedly turns the mirror on himself in this deeply personal account of how winning arguments doesn’t mean you’re right. Revealing what he has changed his mind about and why, he shows that when everyone has an opinion, examining and changing our own views is our new civic duty in these divided times. O’Brien has made his name interrogating the opinions of his callers live on air, to well over a million listeners. From Brexit to Boris, people are used to being asked ‘what’ their views are, but when James asks ‘why’ they think what they do, he is often met with surprising and profound results. In this book airs the toxic masculinity and traditional ‘stiff upper lip’ attitude that coloured his childhood, and the therapy and personal growth that led him to question his views and continually explore new perspectives.

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Event 31

Candice Brathwaite, Charlie Brinkhurst Cuff and Elisabeth Fapuro

I Am Not Your Baby Mother/Loud Black Girls

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From assessing the cultural impact of Marvel's Black Panther, to celebrating activism in local communities; from asking how we can teach our daughters to own their voices, to reclaiming our culinary heritage, the essays in Loud Black Girls offer funny, touching and insightful perspectives on the question of ‘What’s Next?’ Two of the contributing authors, Charlie Brinkhurst Cuff and Elisabeth Fapuro, join a conversation with Candice Braithwaite, founder of Make Motherhood Diverse and author of I Am Not Your Baby Mother, a brilliantly observant and timely book about the problematically homogenous portrayal of maternity in the British media. Chaired by Sophie Williams, author of Anti-Racist Ally and Millennial Black.

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Event 32

Craig Brown

Winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2020

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Craig Brown's One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time, has been named as the winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2020. Craig Brown creates an entirely new form of biography, he captures the serendipities that brought the fab four together and catapulted them to world fame, as well as telling the story of those who came into their orbit, giving a vivid and revealing insight into the world of the swinging 60s.

Craig Brown is the author of 18 books, and a prolific journalist. He has been writing his parodic diary in Private Eye since 1989. He’s the only person ever to have won three different Press Awards – for best humorist, columnist and critic – in the same year. He has been a columnist for, among others, The Guardian, The Times, The Spectator and The Daily Telegraph. He currently writes for The Daily Mail and The Mail on Sunday. His last book, Ma’am Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret was an international bestseller and won the James Tait Black Memorial Award and the South Bank Sky Arts Literature Award.

Craig Brown will be in conversation with last year’s winner, Hallie Rubenhold, author of The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper.

The £50,000 Baillie Gifford literary prize celebrates the best in non-fiction writing and the 2020 shortlist was:
  • One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time Craig Brown
  • The Idea of the Brain: A History Matthew Cobb
  • Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture Sudhir Hazareesingh
  • Our Bodies, Their Battlefield: What War Does to Women Christina Lamb
  • Stranger in the Shogun's City: A Woman’s Life in Nineteenth-Century Japan Amy Stanley
  • The Haunting of Alma Fielding: A True Ghost Story Kate Summerscale
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Event 33

Gary Numan talks to Dylan Jones

(R)evolution / Sweet Dreams

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From humble beginnings in Middlesex, where money was scarce but dreams were encouraged, to the award-winning godfather of electronica, Gary Numan has seen it all. His incredible story can be charted in two distinct parts – first, a stratospheric rise to success quickly followed by a painful decline into near obscurity and, second, a 20-plus year renaissance catalysed by a date with a super-fan.

Gary Numan is one of Britain’s most important and respected musical artists. He has been lauded by everyone from Prince, The Foo Fighters and Nine Inch Nails to Lady Gaga. He is considered a pioneer of electronic music and, in 2017, received the Ivor Novello Inspiration Award for song-writing.

Dylan Jones is the Editor-In-Chief of GQ Magazine and author of Sweet Dreams, charting the rise of the New Romantics, a scene that grew out of the remnants of post-punk and developed quickly alongside club culture, ska, electronica, and goth. One of the most creative entrepreneurial periods since the ’60s, the era had a huge influence on the growth of print and broadcast media, and was arguably one of the most bohemian environments of the late 20th century.

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Event 34

Dawn French talks to Miranda Sawyer

Because of You

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In a maternity ward on the first day of the new millennium, two very different couples, two very different mothers, await their new arrivals, neither aware that a split second decision will entwine the rest of their lives, and forever alter what they had imagined motherhood would bring. Because of You is about mothers and daughters, love and loss, mistakes and regrets and the family bonds that make us who we are.

This is writer, comedian and actor Dawn French’s fourth novel, following on from A Tiny Bit Marvellous, Oh Dear Silvia and According to Yes. Miranda Sawyer is a journalist and broadcaster

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Event 35

Elton John and Arsène Wenger in conversation

Me/My Life in Red and White

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In his first and only official autobiography, music icon Elton John reveals the truth about his extraordinary life. Following on from the hugely successful and critically acclaimed epic musical fantasy Rocketman comes Me a joyously funny, honest and moving story of one of the world’s most irrepressible and flamboyant musical geniuses. And of course there is also Elton’s passion for football, expressed not least by his decades-long association with Watford FC including, at various times, owning the club, being its chairman and president.

The long-awaited autobiography from one of the most influential figures in world football. Arsène Wenger shares his experience of winning multiple Premier League titles, a record number of FA Cups, and how he masterminded Arsenal’s historic ‘Invincibles’ season of 2003-2004 and 49-match unbeaten run. He reflects on a career which changed the game in England for ever, popularising an attacking approach and changing attitudes towards nutrition, fitness and coaching methods – and towards foreign managers. Join us for this unique experience and the final Festival event before the whistle blows on our 21st Winter Weekend.

Chaired by Dylan Jones.

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