Tented Talks Programme

Wednesday 23th – Sunday 27th June 2021 | Various Prices

Our 2021 lineup of debates, discussions, lectures and seminars from leading thinkers and speakers

Wednesday 23rd June

1. DOOM: THE POLITICS OF CATASTROPHE
Niall Ferguson
3.45-4.452. PEVSNER’S WILTSHIRE REVISED
Julian Orbach
3. THE WHITE SHIP: CONQUEST, ANARCHY AND THE WRECKING OF HENRY I’S DREAM
Charles Spencer
5.30-6.304. WAR: HOW CONFLICT SHAPED US
Margaret MacMillan
5. FRACTURE: STORIES OF HOW GREAT LIVES TAKE ROOT IN TRAUMA
Matthew Parris
7.15-8.156. AN ELEPHANT IN ROME: BERNINI, THE POPE AND THE MAKING OF THE ETERNAL CITY
Loyd Grossman

Thursday 24th June

10.00-4.457. SECOND WORLD WAR DAY 10.00-11.00
TROOP COMMANDER
Stuart Watson with James Holland
8. PROVIDENCE LOST: THE RISE AND FALL OF CROMWELL’S PROTECTORATE
Paul Lay
10.30-11.3011.15-12.00 THE EASTERN FRONT
Alexandra Richie & Waitman Wade Beorn
with Al Murray
9. THE BOUNDLESS SEA: A HUMAN HISTORY OF THE OCEANS
David Abulafia
12.15-1.1512.15-1.15 THE T34: TALK AND DEMO
(Proving Ground)
David Willey, James Holland, Al Murray & Waitman Wade Beorn
10. TOM STOPPARD: A CHARMED LIFE
Tom Stoppard & Hermione Lee
2.00-3.0011. FIGHTING THE PEOPLE’S WAR
Jonathan Fennell
12. LOOKING EAST IN WINTER: CONTEMPORARY THOUGHT AND THE EASTERN CHRISTIAN TRADITION
Rowan Williams
3.45-4.4513. BRITAIN’S WAR: A NEW WORLD 1942-1947
Daniel Todman
14. ON THE ROAD: AMERICAN ADVENTURES FROM NIXON TO TRUMP
Jim Naughtie
5.30-6.3015. LAW IN A TIME OF CRISIS
Jonathan Sumption
16. MONEY AND POWER: THE WORLD LEADERS WHO CHANGED ECONOMICS
Vince Cable
7.15-8.1517. THE STRATEGIC PICTURE: 1945 AND TODAY
Nick Carter with Stephen Prince

Friday 25th June

18. THE BEAUTY AND THE TERROR: AN ALTERNATIVE HISTORY OF THE ITALIAN RENAISSANCE
Catherine Fletcher
10.30-11.3019. A MARVEL TO BEHOLD: GOLD AND SILVER AT THE COURT OF HENRY VIII
Timothy Schroder
20. OPERATION PEDESTAL: THE FLEET THAT BATTLED TO MALTA 1942
Max Hastings

12.15-1.1521. THE MOUNTBATTENS: THEIR LIVES AND LOVES
Andrew Lownie
22. CODEBREAKING SISTERS: OUR SECRET WAR
Patricia & Jean Owtram, Simon Robinson

2.00-3.0023. THE KING’S PAINTER: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF HANS HOLBEIN
Franny Moyle
24. SPYING FOR QUEEN AND COUNTRY: TUDOR AND MODERN
Stephen Alford & Richard Dearlove
3.45-4.4525. SOLDIER IN THE SAND: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST
Simon Mayall
26. THE STORY OF WINE: FROM NOAH TO NOW
Hugh Johnson
5.30-6.3027. THE 16th CENTURY TUDOR SETTLEMENT: A LESSON FOR THE 21st CENTURY?
Robert Salisbury
28. THE FALL OF MARGARET THATCHER: A WHODDUNNIT
Charles Moore & Kate Ehrman
7.15-8.1529. THE BROTHERS YORK: AN ENGLISH TRAGEDY
Thomas Penn

Saturday 26th June

30. SICILY 1943: THE FIRST ASSAULT ON FORTRESS EUROPE
James Holland
10.30-11.3031. CHECKPOINT CHARLIE: THE COLD WAR, THE BERLIN WALL AND THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACE ON EARTH
Iain MacGregor & Robert Corbett
32. THE STORY OF CHINA: VOICES FROM ITS PAST
Michael Wood
12.15-1.1533. THE DAUGHTERS OF YALTA: THE CHURCHILLS, ROOSEVELTS AND HARRIMANS – A STORY OF LOVE AND WAR
Catherine Grace Katz
34. AGENT SONYA: LOVER, MOTHER, SOLDIER, SPY
Ben Macintyre
2.00-3.0035. THE CASE OF THE MARRIED WOMAN: CAROLINE NORTON, A 19th CENTURY HEROINE
Antonia Fraser with Lucy Moore
36. LADY IN WAITING: MY EXTRAORDINARY LIFE IN THE SHADOW OF THE CROWN
Anne Glenconner with Mark Lucas
3.45-4.4537. THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION AFTER DONALD TRUMP
Nicholas Cole
38. CHAMBERLAIN v CHURCHILL
Tim Bouverie & Nicholas Soames
5.30-6.3039. DRESSED FOR WAR: THE STORY OF AUDREY WITHERS, VOGUE EDITOR FROM THE BLITZ TO THE SWINGING SIXTIES
Julie Summers
40. THE ST BARTHOLEMEW’S DAY MASSACRE 1572
Kate Mosse
7.15-8.1541. HARRIER 809: BRITAIN’S LEGENDARY JUMP JET AND THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE FALKLANDS WAR
Rowland White

Sunday 27th June

42. THE SEVEN YEARS’ WAR
Dan Snow
10.30-11.3043. CHEMICAL WARRIOR: SYRIA, SALISBURY AND SAVING LIVES AT WAR
Hamish de Bretton Gordon with Guy Walters
44. CHINA’S GOOD WAR: HOW WORLD WAR II IS SHAPING A NEW NATIONALISM
Rana Mitter
12.15-1.1545. FROSTQUAKE: THE FROZEN WINTER OF 1962 AND HOW BRITAIN EMERGED A DIFFERENT COUNTRY
Juliet Nicolson
46. THE GERMAN TRAUMA IN 1945
Antony Beevor & Philippe Sands

2.00-3.0047. AROUND THE WORLD IN 100 YEARS: FROM PLOTTING D-DAY MAPS TO REVERED PLANTSWOMAN
Christian Lamb with Simon Robinson
48. THE AMBASSADORS: THINKING ABOUT DIPLOMACY FROM MACHIAVELLI TO MODERN TIMES
Robert Cooper
3.45-4.4549. THE RATLINE: LOVE, LIES AND JUSTICE ON THE TRAIL OF A NAZI FUGITIVE
Philippe Sands
50. DOMINION: THE MAKING OF THE WESTERN MIND
Tom Holland
5.30-6.30