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Wigtown Book Festival Sep 26 to Oct 5

 
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Mike Morley



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2014 1:11 pm    Post subject: Wigtown Book Festival Sep 26 to Oct 5 Reply with quote

This year's Wigtown Book Festival will include some talks on WW1. You can view them online at: http://www.wigtownbookfestival.com/index.php?var1=programme&themes[]=ww1&date=all
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now that I have a written version of the programme I thought it would be helpful to post relevant items here:

26 Sep. Max Arthur "The Silent Day": the best selling author of Forgotten Voices of the Second World War takes a poignant journey back to 6 June 1944, when Britain held its breath as the Normandy invasion unfolded. Using first-hand recollections, this oral history features dramatic accounts from all walks of life, from bitter to sweet. An extraordinary story of 24 hours that changed the world. Venue: County Buildings. 6

27 Sep. Max Arthur and Roy Walter: A Mulberry Harbour Walk. 70 years ago Garlieston played a vital role in the D-Day landings, at the test site for the famous Mulberry Harbour, D-Day historian Max Arthur and Roy Walter, co-editor of a book about the Mulberry Harbour project lead a unique historical walk. Meet at Garlieston Village Hall, 6.

28 Sep. Kate Adie "Fighting on the Home Front: The Legacy of World War One". As a senior BBC correspondent, Kate Adie has reported from war zones around the world, winning numerous awards. Her compelling new book gives a voice to history's missing women as it examines how the First World War changed women's lives for ever. Venue: Scottish Power Foundation Marquee. 8.

30 Sep. Gavid Gordon:"Huntly Gordon's The Unreturning Army". Born in Perthshire in 1898, Huntly Gordon enterred the Royal Field Artillery in 1917 and saw service at Ypres and Passchendaele. The letters he sent home are as fresh and moving today as when they were written. His son, David, talks about one of the great World War One memoirs, recently re-issued. Venue: County Buildings. 6.

30 Sep: "Sir Harry Lauder: Keep Right on to the End of the Road". During the First World War, Scotland's greatest music hall star trod the boards of London's West End while his son, James, fought in the trenches in France. Inspired by Lauder's autobiography "A Minstrel in France", Marilyn Imrie's show with songs explores the most tragic incident of the theatrical knight's life. Starring John Sessions ar Sir Harry and Brian James as his son. Venue: Scottish Power Foundation Marquee. 10.

4 October: Allan Little, "The Balkan Legacy of the First World War". BBC Special Correspondent Alan Little talks about the lead up to the assassination in Sarajevo in 1914 that triggered the First World War and draws a direct line between the Balkan Wars of the early 20th Century and the Yugoslav Wars that he witnessed at First-hand 80 years later. Venue: Scottish Power Foundation Marquee. 6.

5 October. Jean Findlay: "Chasing Lost Time: The Life of CK Scott Moncrieff". The Scottish writed CK Scott Moncrieff's 1922 rendering of Proust is one of the most famous translations of all time. Bot what of Moncrieff himself? Drawing on family archives, his great niece tells the fascinating story of a figure rich in contradictions - a Catholic convert, spy and war hero, who was in love with Wilfred Owen and was a friend of Robert Graves and Noel Coward. Venue: County Buildings. 6.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some very interesting talks going on. A bit too far away for me unfortunately.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, we're a bit off the beaten track. Just spotted another:

3 October: Ursula Buchan, "John Buchan's Great War". In the later years of the First World War, John Buchan ran Britain's propoganda and intelligence services. Yet somehow he found time to write Greenmantle and Mr Standfast, arguably the most interesting of the Richard Hannay novels. His granddaughter, a writer herself, discusses how fact and fiction meet. Ursula Buchan's latest book, A Green and Pleasant Land, tells how gardeners contributed to the war effort from 1939-45. Venue: County Buildings, 6.
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