Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival – Celebratory Talks from John McCarthy and Brian Sewell

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Byte the Book members the Hampstead & Highgate Literary Festival are marking their 5th birthday with a series of special events throughout the year leading up to the 3-day Festival from Sunday 15th – Tuesday 17th  September 2013.

To launch the celebrations:

John McCarthy
You Can’t Hide the Sun – A Journey Through Palestine
Wednesday 16th January 2013 at 8pm
£12 in advance/£14 on the door
Ivy House, 94-96 North End Road, London NW11 7SX
Book online at www.ljcc.org.uk or call 020 8457 5000

Transported as a young boy by his father’s tales of Palestine, John McCarthy has always been drawn to the mystique of the Middle East. Remarkably, his first-hand experience of its brutal conflicts — he was kidnapped and held hostage in the Lebanon for five years – only strengthened his determination to return and explore its myriad complexities.

In the years since his ordeal, McCarthy travelled from the shores of the Mediterranean to the Bedouin encampments of the Negev desert. His intensely moving encounters with the inhabitants of this beautiful but tormented region lift the shrouds of its past to reveal the continuing tragedy of the Palestinians who remained in Israel after its formation in 1948 — and still dare to think of it as home.

You Can’t Hide the Sun weaves their vivid testimonies with McCarthy’s own experience of living under constant threat. And in doing so it asks: how can humanity endure in the face of unimaginable oppression, and how can any of us thrive without a place of safety?

The talk will be followed by a book signing. Book shop by Daunt Books.

Brian Sewell: Outsider II
Tuesday 22nd January 2013 at 8.00pm
£10 in advance / £12 on the door
Ivy House, 94-96 North End Road, London NW11 7SX
Book online at www.ljcc.org.uk or call 020 8457 5000

Join Brian Sewell, art critic of the Evening Standard, as he talks with Patrick Bade, senior tutor at Christie’s, about his divisive career as an arts critic, disarmingly described in his new book Outsider II. With the first installment of Sewell’s memoir, Outsider: Always Almost: Never Quite, ending tantalisingly in 1967 – after exploring his childhood, adolescence and early adulthood – this next chapter charts his path to becoming, ‘Surely the funniest art critic of our time’ The Spectator.

Addicted to art, Brian Sewell has been the art critic of the London Evening Standard since 1984 – the sad end of a once promising career, the Orwell, Hawthornden and other prizes scant consolation to a man who once enjoyed life as a scholar gypsy.

The talk will be followed by a book signing. Book shop by Daunt Books.

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