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TALKS


John Hare Explorer John Hare entered a former


nuclear test site in China, closed to foreigners for over fifty years. Cloth discovered at Lou Lan ancient city with similar weave to that found near Salzburg suggests that Celts may have come to western China during successive waves of migration. The Silk Road, deadly poison and Chinese politics combine in his true- life adventure The Mysteries of Lop Nur.


Monday 25 October


Peter Owen Jones Award-winning broadcaster, non- stipendiary priest and extreme pilgrim, Peter Owen Jones is ‘the Bruce Parry of the spiritual quest’. Having dwelt alone in a hermit’s cell in the heart of Sinai, spending his days in contemplation and prayer, and pushing himself to the limits of physical, mental and spiritual endurance, his most recent challenge is living in the modern world …without money.


Tuesday 26 October


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1. John Hare 2. Peter Owen Jones 3. Sue Birtwistle 4. Philip Hook 5. Sarah Raven Image © Jonathan Buckley


Sue Birtwistle A visit behind the scenes of Cranford with the creator of the popular BBC adaptation. Sue Birtwistle details how Elizabeth Gaskell’s stories were interwoven in the dramatisation, and how the production team recreated the costumes, landscapes and décor of an 1840s town.


Wednesday 27 October


Philip Hook In 1892 Degas’ painting In The Café


was hissed at in Christie’s – selling for only 180 guineas. Less than a century later, Renoir’s Moulin de la Galette sold for $78 million in front of a cheering crowd in Sotheby’s, New York. Philip Hook’s thirty-five years experience in the art market lends unique insight into collectors and those who purvey to them, as he asks, ‘What makes the Impressionist painting the ultimate trophy?’


Thursday 28 October


Sarah Raven Broadcaster and writer Sarah Raven is equally at home in the kitchen or the garden. She combines her passion for growing herbs, salads and vegetables with recipes that are practical, inspiring and often ingeniously simple. Sarah will be in conversation with Kylie O’Brien (Gardening & Property Editor, Daily Telegraph)


Friday 29 October


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