Malvern Festival of Military History 2019

Friday 25th - Sunday 27th October 2019

Britain’s only literary festival dedicated solely to military history. Fiction and non-Fiction - Agincourt to Afghanistan - On Land, at Sea and in the Air.

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About the Festival

Celebrated speakers and panel discussions with top historians and authors. Book signings.
Friday night drama. Exhibits and displays.

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

Peter Snow & Ann MacMillan

Peter Snow is a highly respected journalist, author and broadcaster. He was ITN’s Diplomatic and Defence Correspondent from 1966 to 1979 and presented BBC’s Newsnight from 1980 to 1997. An indispensable part of election nights, he has also covered military matters on and off the world’s battlefields for...

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Dr Peter Caddick-Adams

Military historian, author and defence analyst, Dr Peter Caddick-Adams is a specialist speaker who has made a major academic and popular contribution to the understanding of past battles. He has led hundreds of visits and studied more than 50 battlefields around the world, covering all periods in history,...

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Tim Clayton

Tim Clayton is the author of a number of books on military history and is also an authority on eighteenth-century prints. His recent work includes the catalogue of the British Museum exhibition Bonaparte and the British, of which he was co-curator, and Waterloo: Four Days that changed Europe’s...

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Lieutenant General Sir Cedric Delves

Cedric Delves entered the Army through RMA Sandhurst in 1966, was commissioned into the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment, subsequently joining the SAS. He directed all UK Special Forces before becoming Commander of the Field Army. He was medically discharged having lost a leg to a drunk driver. He...

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Damien Lewis

Damien Lewis is a number one bestselling author whose books have been translated into over forty languages worldwide. For decades he worked as a war and conflict reporter for the world’s major broadcasters, reporting from across Africa, South America, the Middle and Far East and winning numerous awards....

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Dr Alisa Miller

Alisa Miller is a cultural historian of twentieth and twenty-first century conflicts. She holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the London School of Economics, as well as a DPhil from the University of Oxford. Alisa has worked as a lecturer and in research policy and management....

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Roger Moorhouse

Roger Moorhouse is a historian and author, specialising in Nazi Germany, Central Europe and World War Two in Europe. A fluent German speaker, he is the author of a number of books – including Berlin at War (Basic Books, 2010), The Devils’ Alliance (Bodley Head, 2014) and The...

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Professor Patrick Porter

Patrick Porter is Professor of International Security and Strategy at the University of Birmingham. He is also Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, London. His research interests are great power politics, US/UK foreign and defence policy, and the interaction of power and ideas in the...

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Dilip Sarkar MBE

Dilip Sarkar is a prolific, best-selling, author well-known for his extensive work on the Battle of Britain period, and most recently on Arnhem. Concentrating on the human experience, Dilip is driven to record and share the deeply moving stories of casualties, with an emphasis on the ‘missing’, and...

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Professor Gary Sheffield

Gary is one of the UK’s leading military historians. His many books include Forgotten Victory – The First World War: Myths & Realities (2001), A Short History of the First World War (2014), and Douglas Haig: From the Somme to Victory (2016). His most recent book appeared this...

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Colonel Stuart Tootal

Stuart Tootal is a former army Colonel, a best-selling author and currently a global head in the corporate security sector. His exceptional military career has seen him serve in Northern Ireland and the Middle East. Stuart has served with the Queen’s Own Highlanders in several tours of Northern...

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Annabel Venning

Annabel Venning graduated in History and Politics from Durham University, before embarking on a career as a journalist. She has written for numerous magazines and newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail and the Times. She is now a frequent contributor to the Mail on Sunday, for...

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Danny West

Danny West joined 22 SAS from the Royal Corps of Signals. He was commissioned in the rank of Captain in 1982, his first appointment being Second-in-Command of D Squadron 22 SAS in the Falklands War. Several tours followed at regimental service and on the Staff before his retirement...

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Malvern College, Thirlstane Rd, Malvern WR14 3PL

Founded in 1865, Malvern College is set in a beautiful 250-acre campus. Home to the Royal Signals Telecommunications and Radar establishment from 1942-46, there is more than a grain of truth in echoing Eton’s Waterloo claim that the Second World War was won on the playing fields of Malvern College; indeed, the modern Defence Research Agency is still sited on former College land.

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Presentations & Discussions

The top military historians in their fields debate key issues in important battles and wars through the ages. Sessions include SAS in the Falklands and Second World War, Poland and Crimea, First World War Generals, D-Day, the Dark Side of the Napoleonic Wars and Arnhem.

Saturday will also see the presentation of the inaugural Society for Army Historical Research Prize for Military Fiction.

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Drama

On Friday night we welcome MESH Theatre for a production of their one act drama The Soldier. A captivating play by award-winning writer Rachel Wagstaff inspired by war poet Rupert Brooke and his contemporaries.

The play will be preceded by a talk about Rupert Brooke and the significance of his poetry.

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Book Signing & Exhibits

Our speakers will be undertaking book signings at the event and you can purchase copies at the Festival book store run by our partner Ledbury Books & Maps.

There will also be some exhibit stands where you can browse the offerings of our partner associations and organisations.

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Professor Ian Beckett

Honorary Professor of Military History, University of Kent

Military history is arguably more popular with the public than ever, and this festival is a welcome and unique opportunity for military historians to showcase some of the most exciting new directions and discoveries in the subject.