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Paris Spring: Into the Cold War Labyrinth

Event 16 Friday 3 March, 3pm-4pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

“James Naughtie's brilliant spy thriller is written with authority as well as a deep understanding of time and place.” – The Scotsman

Come on a journey back to 1968, to a city seething with revolutionaries and spies….

Veteran BBC journalist James Naughtie presented the UK’s Radio 4 Today programme for 21 years and has extensively covered political intrigue of all kinds. In his espionage thrillers The Madness of July and Paris Spring, he puts this inside knowledge to good work in creating gripping cold war challenges for his hero Will Flemyng. Come and hear how he turned his extensive political knowledge into gripping fiction.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Paris Spring: Into the Cold War Labyrinth

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The Orwell Lecture: A World Turned Upside Down?

Event 39 Saturday 4 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.” – George Orwell

The Orwell Lecture is always one of the Festival’s standout sessions. Each year, a highly regarded speaker delivers a lecture inspired by George Orwell’s writing but also reflecting today’s concerns.

This year’s lecture is delivered by the BBC’s James Naughtie, who has in recent months covered both the tense 2016 US presidential election and the UK’s ongoing constitutional upheaval. Both countries have experienced unprecedented political rancour, including far-right politicians entering the mainstream and challenging fundamental ideas of liberal democracy – freedom of speech, freedom of movement, freedom to vote. What happens next?

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

The Orwell Lecture: A World Turned Upside Down?

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