The Festival which this year
welcomes new UK media partner City AM, will feature distinguished novelists,
historians, biographers and public figures. This year the Festival will run for
four days and for the first time will include events for primary schools.The
Schools’ Festival takes place on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th.
History will be well served at
the Festival with Professor Ashley Jackson, a renowned expert on Military
History, speaking on Gibraltar’s role during the great age of imperial travel.
John Goodall, editor of ‘Country
Life’ will talk about the magazine and its history of architectural coverage.
‘Spain at the Centre of the
World, 1519-1628’ will be the theme of a lecture by Professor Robert Goodwin,
whose works have been universally acclaimed.
Italian Renaissance painting will
be under the exacting lens of Dr Caroline Campbell, a curator at the National
Gallery. An expert on Gentile Bellini and Renaissance Florence, her talk is a
must for art lovers.
The famous Scottish journalist
John Carlin, an international political correspondent for El Pais newspaper,
will talk on South African leader Nelson Mandela. His book ‘Playing the
Enemy:Nelson Mandela and the Game that Made a Nation’, inspired the 2009 film
Invictus, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Morgan Freeman.
British military hero Thomas
Edward Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia, will feature in the talk
by Anthony Sattin, an expert on the Middle East and author of several highly
praised history and travel books.
The biography of Haile Selassie,
Emperor of Ethiopia and controversial historical figure, will be presented by
his great–nephew Prince Asfa-Wossen Asserate, who knew the Emperor well.
Interestingly, the Emperor stayed at the Rock Hotel on his way into exile in
Britain in 1936.
Famous Michelin-star Lebanese
chef Greg Malouf and his wife Lucy will give a presentation on Middle Eastern
cuisine. The couple will also be cooking recipes from their latest book for the
closing Festival dinner, featuring dishes from the Middle East, North Africa and
Frank Close, Professor of Physics
at the University of Oxford and author of the Divided Life of Bruno Pontecorvo,
Physicist or Spy, will shed light on this enigmatic genius caught up in the
tensions of the Cold War and his pioneering work on atomic energy.
Peace activist Scilla Elworthy
will give an insight into her work in support of peacebuilding efforts in
diplomatic hot-spots, for which she has been nominated for the Nobel Peace
Prize three times. She worked on establishing “The Elders” with Nelson Mandela,
Desmond Tutu and Jimmy Carter.
Tom Moorhouse, author of ‘The
River Singers’ and its sequel ‘The Rising’, will feature in the School Event,
delighting children with his colourful array of rodent characters.
Author Rachel Billington, the
distinguished novelist and daughter of Lord Longford (sister of Lady Antonia
Fraser), has published 19 adult novels and 7 children’s books since 1969. Her
best-selling novel was ‘A Woman’s Age’.
Royalty will also be highlighted
in a talk by Ingrid Steward, editor of Majesty magazine, the leading monthly
journal covering all aspects of British, European and World royalty. Ms Steward
has published twenty books on the subject and is a respected commentator having
worked for major TV and radio stations across the world.
The magical allure of Morocco
returns to the Festival in the words of Samantha Herron, whose first collection
of short stories in the tradition of ancient storytelling, ‘The Djinn in the
Skull: Stories from hidden Morocco’, offers an intimate perspective of this
For crime novel fans, Felix
Francis, son of the famous and prolific crime writer Dick Francis, will provide
the notes of mystery. His new work ‘Front Runner’ was published in 2015
This year the Festival service
will be conducted by Rabbi Abraham Levy who for 30 years was spiritual head of Britain’s
Spanish and Portuguese congregation – the Sephardim.
Finally, Professor Andrew Lambert
of King’s College London will talk about Gibraltar and the Royal Navy in World
War II – an address he gave last month at The Gibraltar Lecture at The Blenheim
Palace Festival of Literature, Film and Music.
This list is additional to the
names announced in August. Further writers will be added to the list of what
promises to be a varied Festival of the highest calibre.
Minister for Tourism, Samantha
Sacramento MP, said she was delighted that the Literary Festival has again
secured an impressive programme of world class speakers.
“The Gibraltar International
Literary Festival has become an important part of Gibraltar’s calendar and has
proved a success in opening up the Rock as a major cultural venue to the rest
of Europe. We are doing well with this Government’s strategy of creating niche
events and leading on event-led tourism. This particular event has not only
established itself locally but is also growing in popularity abroad and we
continue to market it vigorously.”
For further information contact
Gibraltar Tourist Board: