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  1. Bella says:

    Dear Fiona

    I thought you might be interested in Books, Borders & Bikes – an international festival of Literature & Thought to be held at Traquair House in the Scottish Borders between 20-21 August 2011.

    I hoped it might be something you could write about on your blog! For more information, do have a look on our website, at http://www.traquair.co.uk/shop/Books,_Borders___Bikes.htm , or send me an email.

    This year’s participants include:

    ● Jonathan Powell in conversation with Magnus Linklater on how to win and keep power
    ● William Dalrymple and Des Browne on 19th and 21st-century British rule in Afghanistan
    ● Rashed Rahman on the trials and tribulations of Pakistan
    ● Gazan surgeon Dr Izzeldin Abuelaish on why he will not hate following the death of his three daughters during the bombing of Gaza in 2009
    ● Sir Kieran Prendergast, former UN and British Diplomat, on Israel, Turkey and Zimbabwe
    ● War journalist Marie Colvin on the Arab Spring and the power of democracy
    ● David Starkey on crown and country, and why he claims Scotland is ‘a feeble little country’
    ● Writer and lawyer Petina Gappah joins human rights advocate Mordecai Mahlangu to discuss the future of Zimbabwe
    ● Sir Menzies Campbell and Lord Steel on the future of Scotland & the Union
    ● Civil rights lawyer Gareth Peirce talks about Guantánamo and the UK’s alleged complicity in torture
    ● Mark Thomas recounts his recent walk along the wall in Palestine
    ● A retrospective of the works of Borders artist Caroline McNairn
    ● Join journalist Olivia Laing on a literary walk along the River Tweed as she discusses her acclaimed book To the River
    ● Cycle from Neidpath or Abbotsford to Traquair with storyteller John Nichol

    As well as a whole host of broadcasters including Mariella Frostrup, Geoffrey Baskerville, Allan Little, William Burdett-Coutts and Allan Massie, and writers from the Arab Spring and Africa.

    The festival explores cultural themes – of freedom, empire, assimilation and memory – using the actual landscape of Traquair grounds, bringing to life these themes in interactive talks, walks, rides and examinations of the countryside and its living history. Visitors can read, listen to, and meet writers and artists in action, on location. This year, there will be a particular focus on the Arab Spring, including writers from Libya, Palestine and Afghanistan as well as Pakistan, India, Zimbabwe and beyond.

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