V Gibunco Gibraltar Literary Festival

V Gibunco Gibraltar Literary Festival

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Paddy AshdownThe Gibunco Gibraltar Literary Festival has become an important part of Gibraltar’s cultural calendar which has proved such a success in opening up the Rock as a major cultural venue to the rest of Europe.

The festival has become one of the most outstanding literary events in the English speaking world, featuring an impressive collection of distinguished novelists, historians, biographers and public figures from Britain. It includes an innovative schools festival which allows pupils to benefit from the talks and conferences delivered by world renowned speakers.

The Festival venues, including the Garrison Library, which is the hub of the festival, The Convent, King’s Chapel, Mackintosh Hall, Kings Bastion and the Sunborn, serve as ideal locations for the packed programme of enthralling lectures and events that keep audiences entertained.

Among this year’s speakers are: former Libdem leader Paddy Ashdown, poet and tv personality Pam Ayres, music journalist Paul Gambaccini, former Radio 4 Woman’s Hour presenter Sue MacGregor, TV and Radio presenter Nicholas Parsons who will be chairing a festival edition of the long running radio show ‘Just a Minute’, former British Foreign Secretary Lord Owen, celebrity chef Anthony Worrall Thompson, actress and comedienne Maureen Lipman, champion jockey turned adventurer Richard Dunwoody, comedian Tony Hawks, and Captain Corelli’s Mandolin author Louis de Bernieres, and many more.

History, literature, popular culture, politics, religion and the world of ideas all feature heavily in the programme.  The eclectic nature of the festival is underlined by the multitude of events which include the appreciation of gastronomy, art appreciation, jazz music and poetry.

The festival now in its fourth year takes place October 20-23 and is now honoured to have received royal patronage from HRH the Princess Royal.

More details and tickets are available from the Festival website www.gibraltarliteraryfestival.com

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