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Monday 11 October - MARY ANN SIEGHART

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MARY ANN SIEGHART’S columns on everything from politics to parenthood have won a large following in The Times where she was also Assistant Editor for two decades. She presents a host of programmes on Radio 4 and is known to many for her appearances on Question Time, Newsnight and the Andrew Marr Show. In this talk she will discuss her interviews with pioneering women which she gathered for her book, The Authority Gap, and the startling gap that still persists between men and women in everyday life.

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Tuesday 12 October - CHRISTY LEFTERI in conversation with SARAH O’RORKE

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CHRISTY LEFTERI is an award-winning novelist and lecturer in creative writing at Brunel University and her bestselling novel The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a powerful story about Syrians seeking asylum. Brought up in London, Christy is the daughter of Cypriot parents who escaped the violence there in 1974, and her new novel, Songbirds, about a disappearance is set in modern-day Cyprus. She will discuss her writing with Sarah O’Rorke from Books at the Barn.

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Wednesday 13 October - NIGEL FARNDALE in conversation with GILES KIME

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After a long career interviewing living celebrities (Donald Trump, George Best, Hilary Clinton, Elton John, Stephen Hawking and Mick Jagger among them) Nigel Farndale was appointed obituaries editor of The Times, where he writes about celebrities who have recently departed. In this interview, he will talk to Giles Kime, Executive Editor of Country Life, about the nature of celebrity in life and death, as well as his latest novel, The Dictator's Muse, based on the life of Leni Riefenstahl, filmmaker, actor and Nazi propagandist.

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