Chris Patten to join Kershaw, Ramirez, and Service at the 2017 Festival

We are delighted to announce that Chris Patten is one of the many authors joining Dr. Janina Ramirez, Sir Ian Kershaw, and Robert Service at the 2017 Dublin Festival of History.

In a long and distinguished career, Chris Patten has been a Westminster MP, a UK Cabinet minister, the last Governor of Hong Kong, Chairman of the BBC and Chancellor of Oxford University. In First Confession: A Political Life, he uses each phase of his life as a spur to reflect upon education, America, conservatism, Ireland, China, Europe and finally the question of links between violence and religion. Of particular interest to an Irish audience will be his stewardship of the Independent Commission on Policing for Northern Ireland.

Chris Patten will talk to historian and broadcaster John Bowman at Printworks, Dublin Castle, on Saturday 30th September at 7pmFree admission and no booking required.

Well known to many for her insightful history documentaries on the BBC including Julian of Norwich, Janina Ramirez will talk about the merging of Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Christianity at Printworks, Dublin Castle, on Saturday 30th September at 3pm. Free admission and no booking required.
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Sir Ian Kershaw, one of Britain’s most distinguished historians and author of the magisterial biography of Hitler, will speak about his most recent book, To Hell and Back Europe, 1914-1949, at Printworks, Dublin Castle, on Sunday 1st October at 7pm. Free admission and no booking required.

Robert Service is an expert in Russian history, and author of acclaimed biographies of Lenin, Trotsky, and Stalin. His latest book is The Last of the Tsars: Nicholas II and the Russian Revolution. Robert Service will speak at Printworks, Dublin Castle, on Sunday 1st October at 3pm. Free admission and no booking required.

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About the Festival


The Dublin Festival of History is an annual free Festival, brought to you by Dublin City Council, and organised by Dublin City Public Libraries. The Festival has gained a reputation for attracting best-selling Irish and international historians to Dublin for a high-profile weekend of history talks and debate in the late Autumn. Previous speakers include, Jung Chang, Alison Weir, Tom Holland, Simon Schama, Peter Frankopan, Richard Evans, Charles Spencer, Hew Strachan, Peter Snow and many more.

The fifth Dublin Festival of History will take place from 29th September to 14th October 2017. This year’s Festival will have an exciting new Living History day for children and families at Richmond Barracks. Expect re-enactors, dressing up sessions, drama, history stories and much more, an ideal outing for the young history lover!

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