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Chalke Valley History Festival 2011

Thursday 7 July – Saturday 9 July

Lord Ashcroft Patrick Bishop Martin Brown Peter Caddick-Adams Juliet Gardiner Katie Hickman James Holland Tom Holland Andrew Lambert Richard Miles Juliet Nicholson John Julius Norwich Michelle Paver Gary Sheffield Peter Snow Amanda Vickery Guy Walters Michael Wood

From SALISBURY take the A354 towards BLANDFORD after 6 miles turn right at COOMBE BISSETT signposted Broad Chalke. At Broad Chalke turn left at Queen’s Head. Follow road for 2 miles. From SHAFTESBURY pass through LUDWELL. After 8 miles just before FOVANT, turn right towards BROAD CHALKE. At Queen’s Head turn right and follow road for 2 miles.


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Welcome to The Chalke Valley History Festival. History, the past, is booming. Never before have there been so many books and television documentaries devoted to the subject and the trend grows. Why? Is it, perhaps, that in an age of such uncertainty – of wars and financial collapse – that people search back to the past to find answers for the future? Or is it just pure escape? The fact is that it’s probably a bit of both and the truly amazing thing is that there are no literary festivals devoted to history where the ever-growing number of writers can come and talk about their work. We hope to change that with this festival. Here in Bowerchalke, set in one of the most beautiful valleys in England, we aim to set up an annual summer event where people of all ages can come and be enthused about the past. To start us off, we are presenting a rich and varied programme to cater for every taste. There will be talks and debates on everything from Ancient Rome to The English at Home, from Shackleton to the Borgia Popes. And for children there will be the chance to learn about a prehistoric childhood with wolves and the really ‘Horrible’ bits of history. There will be delicious, inexpensive food provided by one of Wiltshire’s best caterers, Martin Simcock’s Bread & Flowers, or if you’d rather bring your own picnic, that’s great. We can’t promise sun-filled days and balmy nights but we can guarantee one of the most enchanting spots in Britain to enjoy your lunch or supper. Bowerchalke was the home of William Golding who drew inspiration from its fields and hills. We hope you’ll come and be inspired too in this, his centenary, year. The cause is worthwhile- all proceeds will go to Help for Heroes and a new pavilion for the Chalke Valley Cricket Club. for the love of cheese

We’re looking forward to seeing you there.

James Heneage James Holland Chairs Chalke Valley History Festival

THURSDAY 7 JULY JULY 6.30pm-7.30pm £8

1 Nelson & Wellington: Giants of the Napoleonic Wars Peter Snow Prof Andrew Lambert Chair: Dave Musgrove 7.30pm-9pm


9pm-10pm £8

2 Monty vs Rommel Professor Gary Sheffield Dr Peter Caddick Adams Chair:James holland FRIDAY 8 JULY 6.30-7.30pm £8

3 In Search of Alexander Michael Wood



9pm-10pm £10

4 Greeks vs Romans Discussion between Tom Holland and Richard Miles Chair: Michael Wood

SATURDAY 9 JULY 10.30am-11.30am £4

5 Horrible Histories Martin Brown 11.30-12pm

12pm-1pm £8

7 Fact & Fiction Historical Fiction Writing with Katherine McMahon, Katie Hickman, Simon Scarrow and Guy Walters Chair: Christopher Hart 1pm-2pm Lunch 2pm-3pm £8

8 The English at Home: From the Georgians to the Second World War Juliet Gardiner, Amanda Vickery and Juliet Nicolson Chair: James Holland 3pm – 3.30pm

3.30pm – 4.30pm £8

9 For Valour: Victoria & George Cross Winners Lord Ashcroft in conversation with Dr Peter Caddick-Adams 4.30pm-5pm

12pm-1pm (Bowerchalke Village Hall)

6 Chronicles of Ancient £4 Darkness Michelle Paver

Tea Interval

5.00pm-6.00pm £8

10 The Popes

John Julius Norwich 6pm-6.30pm


6.30-7.30pm £8

11 In the Footsteps of Shackleton Henry Worsley 7.30-9pm




9pm-10pm £10

12 The Face of Battle Chaired by Patrick Bishop with Major Rob Gallimore Fiona Stanford Major Chris Hunter Rick Jolly RN and Col Tim Collins.

THURSDAY 7 JULY JULY 6.30pm-7.30pm

Nelson & Wellington: Giants of the Napoleonic Wars Peter Snow Prof Andrew Lambert Chair: Dave Musgrove The Duke of Wellington and Horatio, Lord Nelson. Few countries throw up men of such military genius in the whole course of their history. Britain produced them both in a generation. Is it the proximity of their dates that has given rise to this endless urge to compare these two giants? Or is it, perhaps, that they fought in separate disciplines and so the comparison may be less valid but a lot more fun? The fact is that we continue to be absorbed by Wellington and Nelson because they both came from relatively obscure origins to become the most famous men on earth and, in doing so, surrounded Peter Snow is fondly familiar to anyone who has been near a British GeneralElection these past few decades. With his contagious enthusiasm, he has compelled audiences to stay awake through the long business of votecounting and Returning Officer speeches. Now he’s turned his enthusiasm to our greatest general, the Duke of Wellington, whose long life embraced the pinnacle of military and political success. Peter Snow was educated at Wellington College and read Classics at Oxford. Following a career as newscaster for ITN, he achieved fame presenting

themselves with glory, controversy and not a little scandal. And, of course, between them they saved Britain and its Empire from the clutches of Boney. We have brought together two acknowledged experts on these men to debate their lives, their achievements and their failures. Peter Snow and Andrew Lambert will talk, answer questions and sign books in what promises to be a hotly-debated topic.

BBC2’s Newsnight which began in 1979. Along with his son Dan, he presented the series Battlefield Britain and 20th Century Battlefields for BBC2. Peter is married to Ann MacMillan and is the father of six children. He was appointed CBE for his services to broadcasting in 2006.

Andrew Lambert is one of Britain’s foremost British naval historians, focusing on the naval history of the British Empire between the Napoleonic Wars and the First World War. Born in Norfolk and educated in Swaffham, he earned his MA and PhD in naval history in the War Studies Department, King’s College London. He

has taught at the Royal Naval College Greenwich, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London where he is now Professor of Naval History. He was described by David Cannadine as ‘the outstanding British naval historian of his generation.’ Andrew Lambert has lectured around the world. He wrote and produced the War at Sea television series for the BBC in 2004. He has written over a dozen books on naval matters, including Trincomalee: the Last of Nelson’s Frigates, and The Foundations of Naval History. His most recent book is Franklin: Tragic Hero of Polar Navigation which was published by Faber and Faber in 2010.



9 pm-10pm

Monty vs Rommel Professor Gary Sheffield Dr Peter Caddick Adams Chair: James Holland Dedicated to the memory of Richard Holmes

Peter Caddick– Adams .has been Lecturer in Military and Security Studies at the UK Defence Academy since 1999. Having received his PhD from Cranfield University and taught at both Oxford and Birmingham Universiries, he now lectures at Staff Colleges around the world. He is regarded as the battlefield guide of choice for everyone from princes to military commanders and has completed more than 500 tours. Peter has also served in the Balkans and Middle East as part of the UK Regular and Reserve Forces and was the official NATO Historian for the Bosnian conflict. His book, Monty and Rommel: Parallel Lives, was published in May this year.

We are very fortunate to have two of Britain’s leading military historians and authorities on perhaps the two most famous – and controversial – generals of the Second World War. For all too long, opinion has been divided about this two undoubtedly charismatic men, yet on this exciting opening evening of the Festival, this debate might be finally put to bed as James Holland and Dr Peter Caddick-Adams discuss the lives and careers of Field Marshals Montgomery and Rommel.

Gary Sheffield is one of our most eminent military historians, and both a friend and former colleague of the late Professor Richard Holmes. Currently Professor of War Studies at the University of Birmingham, he has also been a lecturer at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst and Senior Lecturer in the Defence Studies Department at King’s College, London, and Land Warfare Historian on the Higher Command and Staff Course at the Joint Services Command and Staff College. His last post was as Professor of Modern History at King’s College, London. Professor Sheffield has published a number of books to wide acclaim, not least Forgotten Victory: The First World War – Myths and Realities.

James Holland is one of the Chairs of the Chalke Valley History Festival, and a historian and the author of five works of nonfiction, including Italy’s Sorrow and most recently, the Sunday Times bestseller, The Battle of Britain. He is also the writer of the Jack Tanner series of wartime novels, and wrote and presented the Bafta-shortlisted Battle of Britain: the Real Story for BBC 2. He lives in the Chalke Valley.

FRIDAY 8 JULY 6.30pm-7.30pm

In Search of Alexander Michael Wood

Alexander the Great created one of the greatest empires the world has ever seen,and he did it in a few short years. From Greece, he marched his army to the ends of the known world, building not only cities on the way but also a myth that is as rich as any in the world. This was a man whose short life was truly stranger than fiction. Michael Wood’s magnificent book and TV Series, In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great was a huge hit because he told the story of Alexander in terms of his journey across the world, following his footsteps all

the way from Macedonia to the Hindu Kush. Since then, Michael Wood has unearthed new material which he will be sharing during his illustrated talk about Alexander the Great’s extraordinary life and achievements.

Michael Wood is one of Britain’s best-known historians and broadcasters and has made over 80 documentaries for television. Born in Manchester, he read history at Oxford University before embarking on a career with the BBC. In 1981, he made the acclaimed In Search of the Dark Ages, then going on to make other award-winning films including In search of the Trojan War and Conquistadors. His most recent was the hugely popular Story of England.

In 2006, Michael joined the British School of Archeology in Iraq campaign, which aims to train and encourage new Iraqi archeologists. Michael currently lives in North London with his wife and two daughters.

FRIDAY 8 JULY 9pm – 10pm

Greeks v Romans Discussion between Tom Holland and Richard Miles Chaired by Michael Wood

Who gave more to the world, the Greeks or the Romans? Which of them did most for art, science, government, engineering, philosophy, war... the list is endless. Of course this is one of the really compelling questions of history and you don’t have to look very far around you to see that both civilisations had enormous impact on everything that happened after them. Tom Holland is an internationally acclaimed and bestselling author and historian. His first work of history, Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic, won the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, and has sold nearly half a million copies worldwide. His second, Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West, won the Anglo-Hellenic League’s Runciman Award.

Two of the greatest experts on the Greeks and Romans will be debating the issue, Tom Holland and Richard Miles. They will bring both scholarship and humour to a debate that will probably never end. He is also currently working on a new Penguin translation of Herodotus and next year will be publishing a new book on the birth of Islam. He is also a regular broadcaster, presenting BBC Radio 4’s Making History, and contributing on Front Row, Start the Week and In Our Time. He wrote and presented a film about St Paul for Channel 4, and is currently working on two more televisionprojects for the BBC and Channel 4.

And the audience will be expected to make their views known as well! The debate will be chaired by Michael Wood. Richard Miles is a highly regarded academic, writer and broadcaster. A historian and archaeologist, he gained his PhD at Cambridge University, and is now senior lecturer of ancient history at the University of Sydney. He has also directed archaeological excavations in Carthage and Rome. He is the author of the hugely successful Carthage Must be Destroyed: The Rise and Fall of An Ancient Civilisation and Ancient Worlds: The Search for the Origins of Western Civilisation. He has also recently written and presented the acclaimed six-part documentary series Ancient Worlds for BBC 2.





Martin Brown

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness

When the first Horrible Histories were published in 1993, it became very clear that history books for children would never be the same again. The appeal of all things wicked, weird and woeful proved to be enormous and the series has gone on to become a BAFTA award-winning CBBC show and a Virtual World due to launch this summer. The series has sold a staggering 20 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 31 languages, and is now a hugely successful television series for CBBC. In this event, the series’ illustrator, Martin Brown will bring history to life with his dramatic story-telling and a bizarre set

Michelle Paver is a highly acclaimed, award-winning author of one of the bestselling childrens’ series ever. The six books in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness have sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide and been translated into 30 languages. They are the story of twelve year-old Torak who lives six thousand years ago, after the Ice Age and before farming. It is a world of dark enchantment, menace and superstition and the stories revolve around Torak and his wolf-cub companion, their growing up, their fight for survival and the unleashing of a powerful magic. Renowned for the painstaking research that goes into each book, her brilliant talks

of props. Part history, part art, and part drama, this will be hugely entertaining and enormous fun, and not to be missed!

are also dramatic and fun and she uses fascinating props to bring a world before history to life.

Horrible Histories

Michelle Paver

Michelle Paver was born Martin Brown was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia and after training as an art teacher and working in television, he set off backpacking round the world as every Aussie should. But when he got to London, he decided to stay. He worked on cartoons and greeting cards and built up a reputation for his magazine work before landing a job with Scholastic. His illustrations for the Horrible Histories Series were an instant hit and the rest is, as they say, (horrible) history. Martin lives with his wife and two daughters in the Dorset countryside.

in Nyasaland (now Malawi) where her father ran a newspaper, the Nyasaland Times. She grew up in Wimbledon, went to Oxford University and became a partner in a City of London law firm. She took up writing full time in 1996. Since then she has written both adult and children’s fiction and is now internationally famous for her six-book, award-winning series Chronicles of Ancient Darkness which is set in a prehistoric world. Michelle is renowned for the painstaking research that goes into each book, research which is brought to life in her brilliant talks to children.

SATURDAY 9 JULY 12pm-1pm

Fact and Fiction Historical Fiction Writing with Katherine McMahon, Katie Hickman, Simon Scarrow, Guy Walters Chair: Christopher Hart

Katharine McMahon’s latest novel is The Crimson Roooms, but she has published another five historical novels, including the bestelling The Alchemist’s Daughter. A former teacher, she has also served as a Royal Literary Fund Fellow, supporting students in their writing, and then as a mentor to other writers in a variety of universities..

From Homer to the present day, historical fiction has often brought the past more to life than many works of non-fiction, and in this event, we are bringing together a fine panel of historical novelists to discuss their work: how they research, what they believe is the best way of recreating the past, and how they view the blurring of fact and fiction. With writers whose subjects range from the time of Ancient Rome to the Second World War, it promises to be a fascinating event, involving some of our most popular and talented historical novelists.

Christopher Hart – Chair Christopher Hart is a literary novelist, the Sunday Times theatre critic, literary editor of the Erotic Review, but also, as William Napier, a historical novelist too, best known for his Attila trilogy.

Katie Hickman is an internationally bestselling and award-winning historical novelist, historian and travel writer. Daughters of Britannia: the Lives and Times of Diplomatic Wives (1999) was a Sunday Times bestseller which remained in the top ten for five consecutive months. She has more recently written two highly acclaimed and successful historical novels, set in late sixteenth century Constantinople, and the result of more than fifteen years planning and passionate research.

Simon Scarrow is a bestselling author of Roman and Napoleonic historical novels. After a research degree and a career in teaching, he turned to writing full time, and is best known for his Eagle Series of Roman Military fiction set in the territories of the Roman Empire. He has also written another series, Revolution, focusing on Wellington and Napoleon. He has now started writing a new series of teen fiction titled Gladiator: The Fight for Freedom.

Guy Walters is the author of nine books, which include four wartime thrillers and two works of non-fiction, Berlin Games, which was shortlisted for the 2006 William Hill Sports Book of the Year, and the highly acclaimed Hunting Evil. He writes regularly for a number of newspapers and magazines and is a regular broadcaster and commentator.


The English at Home: From the Georgians to the Second World War Juliet Gardiner, Amanda Vickery and Juliet Nicolson Chair: James Holland THIS EVENT SPONSORED BY:

We have a stellar line-up for this event. Juliet Gardiner and Amanda Vickery, as well as being well-known for their television work, are amongst our leading academics and social historians, while Juliet Nicolson is another superb historian and the author of two recently published and highly acclaimed social histories set before and after the First World War.

JULIET GARDINER is a hugely respected historian and commentator on British social history from Victorian times to the 1950s. She was editor of History Today magazine and is the author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling Wartime: Britain 1939-1945, and more recently The Blitz and The Thirties: An Intimate History. She is a frequent broadcaster, lecturer and reviewer and was historical consultant on Channel 4’s The 1940s House, the film adaptation of Ian McEwan’s Atonehment, and BBC One’s new series of Upstairs, Downstairs.

In THE ENGLISH AT HOME, these three will be discussing English social history, and how it changed over this critical two-hundred year period when so much of the Britain we know today was shaped and formed.

AMANDA VICKERY is the prize-winning author of The Gentleman’s Daughter (Yale University Press, 1998) and Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Georgian England (Yale University Press, 2009). She has recently been appointed Professor of Early Modern History at Queen Mary, University of London. She lectures on British social, political and cultural history. Amanda reviews for The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement, and BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Review, Front Row and Woman’s Hour. She writes and presents history documentaries for television and radio. Her TV series At Home with the Georgians was aired on BBC2 in December 2010.

JULIET NICOLSON is the granddaughter of Vita SackvilleWest and Harold Nicolson, and was brought up at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent. She is author of two works of social history, The Perfect Summer, a history of the frenetic and very hot English summer of 1911 near the end of the ‘Golden Age’, and The Great Silence, an account of those two years that followed the Great War. She has also written for The Daily Telegraph, Vogue, The London Evening Standard, The Times and The Guardian, among other publications. Juliet is currently writing an historical novel . She lives in East Sussex. ( Photograph by Axel Hesslenberg)

SATURDAY 9 JULY 3.30pm – 4.30pm

For Valour: Victoria and George Cross Winners Lord Ashcroft in conversation with Peter Caddick-Adams Since 1856, the Victoria Cross (VC) has been Britain and the Commonwealth’s most prestigious gallantry medal. Since its inception, only 1,356 VCs have been awarded. For 25 years, Lord Ashcroft has collected such decorations. His is now the largest collection of VCs in the world and includes well over one-tenth of the medals bestowed. Like so many others, Lord Ashcroft has been inspired by the extraordinary courage of the recipients of these medals ever since he was a boy, and he firmly believes the recipients’

Lord Ashcroft’s VC collection is now on public display following his £5 million donation for a new gallery at the Imperial War Museum. A temporary exhibitionof 50 Victoria Crosses from The Ashcroft VC Collection was held at Spink in Londonfrom 16 to 25 April 2008. In 2006, Lord Ashcroft published a book to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the VC. With a foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales, Victoria Cross Heroes offers detailed accounts of more than 150 extraordinary acts of bravery behind the medals that comprise the Ashcroft VC Collection. A special threepart television documentary series to accompany the book was broadcast in November 2006 on channel five. Lord Ashcroft has also written two other books on gallantry: Special Forces Heroes and George Cross Heroes.

heroism and sacrifice must never be forgotten. Here Lord Ashcroft will be in conversation with Peter Caddick-Adams talking about his life-long fascination with these medals, how he came to build his unique collection and some of his favourite tales of valour.

SATURDAY 9 JULY 5pm – 6pm

The Popes John Julius Norwich

Of the 280-odd holders of the Papal office some have been saints, some have been sinners, wallowing in greed and debauchery, and one may even have been an (English) woman woman. After fascinating us on the subjects of Byzantium, Venice, Norman Sicily andthe Middle Sea, John Julius Norwich has now turned his attention to the oldest continuing institution in the world, an institution rich in history and anecdote. Whether telling us about Pope Joan (the above), or John XII, of whom Gibbon wrote: “his rapes of virgins and widows deterred female pilgrims from visiting the shrine of Saint Peter,” John Julius Norwich’s taste for a good story never flags and his talks have filled tents from Hay to Cheltenham. The Popes, from the original Saint Peter to the present Benedict XVI, provides a colourful prism through which most of the history of Europe can be told. Their story is a compelling one.

John Julius Norwich was the son of Duff and Lady Diana Cooper and waseducated in Canada, Eton, Strasbourg and Oxford. After a stint in the diplomatic service, he became a writer. Apart from the writing and editing of many books, both historical and otherwise, he has written and presented some 30 television documentaries. His books on the Normans, Byzantium, Venice and the Mediterranean remain bestsellers. Lord Norwich is also Chairman of the Venice in Peril Fund, Honorary Chairman of the World Monuments Fund and Vice President of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies. He was appointed CVO in 1992.

SATURDAY 9 JULY 6.30pm – 7.30pm

In the Footsteps of Shackleton Henry Worsley

The story of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s epic expedition to the South Pole, with its extraordinary photographs of the marooned and frozen ship, is one that has gripped and astounded generations as a tale of endurance, courage and ingenuity. But what do we really know of this hero whose statue graces the RoyalGeographical Society’s headquarters in London? To what extent were his triumphs and failures the product of character or the conditions of the time?

Henry Worsely is the man to answer such questions since he led an expedition to Antarctica in 2008/09, the centenary of Shackleton’s original voyage, which retraced his footsteps. He did it with descendants of the original expedition. He will talk about his book, In the Footsteps of Shackleton and answer questions about the great man and his life.

Lieutenant Colonel Henry Worsley has been obsessed by Shackleton since childhood and seeing the iconic photographs of Frank Hurley. Since joining the army, he has continued to study his life and even slept beside his grave on South Georgia. From November 2008 until January 2009, he led The Shackleton Centenary Expedition to the Antarctic to follow in the footsteps of Shackleton’s groundbreaking journey of 1908/09. The team was made up of descendants of those that had travelled with Shackleton on the original expedition. His book, In the Footsteps of Shackleton is his account of the trip.

TRAVELLER'S WORLD are able to reach the furthest corners of the globe and are proud to sponsor Shackleton, one of the greatest traveller’s of all time. Lt. Colonel Worsely is currently serving at the Permanent Joint Headquarters at Northwood on the Afghanistan desk. He is married with two children.

SATURDAY 9 JULY 9pm – 10pm

The Face of Battle: The British Experience of War from The Falklands to The Present Day Chaired by Patrick Bishop with Major Rob Gallimore, Fiona Stanford, Major Chris Hunter, Rick Jolly RN, and Col Tim Collins. Since we are raising money for Help for Heroes, it seems only right that we should get some of those who have been involved with Britain’s most recent conflicts together for a discussion. We’ve borrowed the title from John Keegan’s seminal work of the same name, but the emphasis for this event is the human experience of war: for those on the front line, for those left behind, and for those picking up the pieces afterwards. It promises to be a profoundly moving and inspiring evening. We certainly have an inspiring line-up. The event will be chaired by veteran foreign correspondent and best-selling author, Patrick Bishop, who has covered almost every major war since the Falklands as well as writing Fighter Boys, Bomber Boys and more recently, 3 Para and Ground Truth. Joining him will be Chris Hunter, who was a major in the British Army and counter-terrorist bomb disposal operator. He has served with a number of specialist counter terrorism units and deployed to numerous operational theatres, including the Balkans, Northern Ireland, Colombia,

MCKILLOP AND GREGORY are delighted to be sponsoring this unique event at the inaugural Chalke Valley History Festival. Afghanistan and Iraq. Seconded to COBR-A as an IED and suicide terrorism expert, he played an instrumental role during the July 2005 London bombings. For his actions during his Iraq tour he was awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal by HM Queen Elizabeth II. His citation read: ‘There can be few other individuals who have so willingly played Russian roulette with their own life to safeguard the lives of others.’ He has written two books about his experiences, Extreme Risk and Eight Lives Down. Also on the panel is Tim Collins OBE, former colonel and commanding officer of 1st Royal Irish in East Tyrone (where he was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service) and Iraq. Well-known for his famous eve-of-battle speech in Iraq, and has recently appeared on BBC’s Panorama programme, Forgotten Heroes, in which he met veterans struggling to cope with civilian life. He has also written his autobiography. Rob Gallimore is still serving as a major in the Welsh Guards, and has served in Sierra Leone, the Balkans, Northern Ireland, Iraq and three times in Afghanistan. Last summer he was a Company Commander fighting alongside the Afghan National Army and the US Marine Corps for which he was decorated for gallantry by both the Americans and with a Queen’s Commendation for Bravery. The final two members of the panel are Fiona Stanford and Rick Jolly. Fiona has been an Army wife for fifteen years, and has moved eleven times since her wedding day. She also works as a nurse and her first book Don’t Say Goodbye: Our Heoes and the Families They leave Behind was published earlier this year. Surgeon Captain Rick Jolly is a former Royal Marine doctor with extensive experience of combat medical support gained in Northern Ireland and the Falklands War of 1982. Now a civilian, he still works as a doctor. He is also a successful author, and heavily involved in theSouth Atlantic Medal Association and other veterans organizations.

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We are very excited to have been asked to cater for this event and have put together some classic Bread and flowers dishes to sustain and delight guests throughout the festival. using great, locally sourced, new forest produce, home-made stocks and sauces and a combination of fresh herbs and exotic spices, we’re planning to add a sense of occasion to this already beautiful venue. spread the joy. Martin SiMcock. Bread and FlowerS. Please go to for full details of daily menus available at the festival. food can be ordered in advance with your tickets. Martin siMcocK, Bread & floWers: 07971 193073. Fourgates. Standlynch. Salisbury. wiltshire. SP5 3QJ.

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