ARTS CENTRE (MRR) / SUNDAY 2nd OCTOBER / 10.30 – 11.30
‘Rides of Passage’
In 1994, father and son Arthur and Matt Lamy cycled 1000 kilometres coast to coast across France, from the Channel to the Mediterranean. In 2015 they decided to do it again. Rides of Passage is their story; two men, two cycles rides and 21 years of experience in between.
Chris Stone + Veterans
OPERA HOUSE STUDIO / SAT 1st OCTOBER / 18.45 – 20.15
BBC journalist and writer Chris Stone, is talking about his experience of co-writing three books by local WWII veterans. He will then talk to them about their experiences and their books. This will be followed by a Q&A session with the veterans Clive Kemp (Stinker’s Nine Lives, From Dunkirk to D-Day and Beyond), Bill Reynolds (Dangerous Driving, A Life Behind the Wheel) and Ken Trent (Bomb Doors Open, From East End boy to Lancaster Bomber Pilot). All will be available to sign copies of their books at the end of the talk.
ARTS CENTRE/THURS SEPT 29 18.00 – 19.45
Guy Burgess was the most important, complex and fascinating of ‘The Cambridge Spies’ – Maclean, Philby, Blunt – all brilliant young men recruited in the 1930s to betray their country to the Soviet Union. An engaging and charming companion to many, an unappealing, utterly ruthless manipulator to others, Burgess rose through academia, the BBC, the Foreign Office, MI5 and MI6, gaining access to thousands of highly sensitive secret documents which he passed to his Russian handlers.
In this first full biography, Andrew Lownie shows us how even Burgess’s chaotic personal life of drunken philandering did nothing to stop his penetration and betrayal of the British Intelligence Service. Even when he was under suspicion, the fabled charm which had enabled many close personal relationships with influential Establishment figures (including Winston Churchill) prevented his exposure as a spy for many years.
Through interviews with more than a hundred people who knew Burgess personally, many of whom have never spoken about him before, and the discovery of hitherto secret files, Stalin’s Englishman brilliantly unravels the many lives of Guy Burgess in all their intriguing, chilling, colourful, tragi-comic wonder.