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Second Clifton Montpelier Powis Festival 2008

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A Cold-blooded Assassination
13 July 2008 at 2:00 PM


How did a young Victorian journalist and writer, Percy Lefroy Mapleton, come to be tried and executed in 1881 for what the Daily Telegraph described as "one of the most astonishingly cruel and cold-blooded assassinations of modern times"? Based on his book, The Trail of the Serpent, the story of the Balcombe Tunnel Murder, local author James Gardner gives a talk which seeks to uncover the truth about this shocking crime.

Venue: St. Michael's Church

Price: £7 (£5)


Missing Persons
13 July 2008 at 4:00 PM


Susanna Jones reads from her new novel The Missing Person's Guide to Love (Picador) and talks about the way she uses crime and mystery in her fiction. The missing person has a peculiar tug on the imagination and conscience and Susanna explains how the uncertainties and ambiguities of what it means to be "missing" inspired this novel. Susanna Jones moved to Brighton in 2000. Author of The Earthquake Bird, Water Lily, and editor of The Illustrated Brighton Moment, she has won a Crime Writers' Association dagger, a Betty Trask award and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. She teaches creative writing at Royal Holloway, London University.

Venue: St. Michael's Church

Price: £7 (£5)


Dealing with Satan
16 July 2008 at 7:30 PM


In the final year of World War II, 1670 Hungarian Jews were released from Bergen-Belsen concentration camp to Switzerland thanks to an extraordinary ransom agreement between Adolf Eichmann, chief organiser of the Holocaust, and Rezso Kasztner, a Jewish lawyer and journalist. After the war, a judge in Israel branded Kasztner a Nazi collaborator, who had "sold his soul to Satan". By the time the Supreme Court reversed the judgment, Kasztner had been murdered by Jewish extremists. Ladislaus Lob, Emeritus Professor of German at Sussex University, was one of many children saved by Kasztner. Based on his new book, Dealing with Satan: Rezso Kasztner's Daring Rescue Mission, he will discuss Kasztner's controversial achievement and recount memories of life in 'Belsen'. Introduced by John Werner.

Venue: St. Michael's Church

Price: £7 (£5)


Making an Anthology
19 July 2008 at 2:00 PM


Kemp Town writer and critic Peter Burton has edited seven anthologies, the most recent of which, A Casualty of War: The Arcadia Book of Gay Short Stories, has just appeared. He will talk about the processes and problems of putting together a collection of short stories and will be joined by contributors to his latest volume who will read from their work. With Sebastian Beaumont and Simon Lovat.

Venue: St. Michael's Church

Price: £7 (£5)


A Fine Romance?
19 July 2008 at 4:00 PM


Sussex-based biographer Rose Collis, whose most recent book is Coral Browne: 'This Effing Lady', will talk about the entirely spurious and rather comic 'romance' between 50s? television personalities Gilbert Harding (who lived at 20 Montpelier Villas) and Nancy Spain (educated at Roedean). A grumpy gay man and an ebullient lesbian, these two characters convinced the British public that they were romantically entangled.

Venue: St. Michael's Church

Price: £7 (£5)


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