Malvern Festival of Military History

Friday 5 - Sunday 7 October 2018

Britain’s only literary festival dedicated solely to military history. Fiction and non-fiction - Agincourt to Afghanistan - On land, at sea or in the air.

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About the Festival

Celebrated keynote speakers and panel discussions with top historians and authors. Book signings.
Live music and entertainment. Exhibitions and displays. Fabulous food and drink.

Join the largest gathering of military history writers in the country in the beautiful surroundings of the Malvern Hills
– Elgar Country.

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Keynote Speakers

Damien Lewis

For two decades Damien Lewis worked as a war and conflict reporter for major broadcasters, reporting from across Africa, South America, the Middle and Far East, during which time he won numerous awards for his journalism. In 2001 he wrote his first book, Slave, which was an international...

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Sir Max Hastings

Max Hastings is the author of several books, many about warfare. The most recent is the bestselling and critically acclaimed ‘Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914’. In his early career as a correspondent, he reported on the 1982 Falklands War, experiences which he described in his memoir ‘Going...

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Dr Andrew Roberts

Dr Andrew Roberts FRSL FRHistS  has a PhD from Cambridge University, is a Visiting Professor at the War Studies Department of King’s College, London, the Lehrman Institute Distinguished Lecturer at the New-York Historical Society, and the author of 13 books, including Eminent Churchillians, Hitler and Churchill, A History...

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Nicholas Shakespeare

Nicholas Shakespeare was born in Worcester and grew up in France, Cambodia and South America. Translated into more than 20 languages, his prize-winning novels include The Vision of Elena Silves (winner of the Somerset Maugham Award and Betty Trask Award), The High Flyer, for which he was selected...

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Professor David Stevenson

David Stevenson is Professor of International History at the London School of Economics, His main fields of interests lie in international relations in Europe during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; origins, course, and impact of the First World War. Professor David Stevenson newest book 1917: War, Peace, and...

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Adam Zamoyski

Adam Zamoyski is a British historian of Polish origin. He is the author of the best-selling 1812. Napoleon’s Fatal March on Moscow and its sequel Rites of Peace. The Fall of Napoleon and the Congress of Vienna, as well as several other acclaimed works on key figures and...

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Severn End Country Estate, Hanley Castle, Worcestershire

Severn End is a 17th-century house rebuilt after a fire in 1896. It sits in a stunningly landscaped park.

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Panel Discussions

The top military historians in their fields debate key issues in important battles and wars through the ages. Panels include Agincourt, The English Civil Wars, The Royal Navy, Waterloo, 19th Century Colonial Wars, World War One, World War Two and Post-1945 wars and insurgencies.

There will also be a panel of novelists discussing the challenges of writing fiction based on historical events and characters.

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Entertainment

Friday night sees the New Scorpion Band perform a set of traditional folk tunes from the 18th and 19th Century. Familiar songs such as Spanish Ladies and Over the Hills and Far Away will get your feet tapping!

Saturday is the turn of our resident orchestra who will play a selection of war movie themes including The Dam Busters, The Great Escape and Saving Private Ryan.

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Exhibitions

War has always generated great art. Our exhibit and speaker halls will be the venues for an exhibition of some striking images – both painting and photography.

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Professor Andrew Lambert

Laughton Professor of Naval History, Kings College London

The Malvern Festival of Military History celebrates a rich and dynamic field, where public historians, academics and veterans can share a platform and address the endless variety that the subject encompasses.