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Stellar names head to Salisbury for talks at Salisbury International Arts Festival

28 March 2019

Mary Portas, The Rt Hon David Lammy MP, Mark Austin and Vic Marks are among the names speaking at Salisbury International Arts Festival in May and June.

Retail champion Mary Portas will be talking about her new book, Work Like A Woman, at Salisbury Playhouse on Friday 31 May.

The Rt Hon David Lammy MP was GQ’s politician of the year in 2018 and has made a name as an MP who will speak for the vulnerable. He appears at the Guildhall in Salisbury on Monday 3 June.

ITV news anchor Mark Austin has covered the biggest stories at home and abroad for ITV and Sky News for more than 30 years. On Friday 7 June at Salisbury Playhouse he will share extraordinary stories from the frontline.

Former cricketer Vic Marks is taking time out from a busy World Cup schedule to share anecdotes and look ahead to England’s fortunes in the sport’s flagship competition and the Ashes, at Salisbury Playhouse on Tuesday 4 June.

Authors speaking at the Festival include Victoria Hislop (The Island, The Return), Alison Weir (Six Tudor Queens), Minette Walters (The Turn of Midnight) and Sunday Times columnist Bryony Gordon (Mad Girl).

Stephen Moss (Tweet of the Day, Mrs Moreau’s Warbler) and RSPB Global Conservation director Martin Harper will talk about the life of birds in separate events.

Former Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger will be in conversation with LBC presenter Matthew Stadlen about career-making moments including the expose of the phone hacking scandal, the Guardian’s coverage of Wikileaks and its Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting of Edward Snowden’s surveillance revelations.

Other world politics will come from Diana Darke whose latest book tells the remarkable true story of a Syrian ambulance driver who built a cat sanctuary in war-torn Aleppo; Robin Merrill, one of the few journalists to actually witness the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989; Chris Rapley, professor of climate science at UCL; and Tim Marshall who explores the fault lines shaping our world and emerging technologies.

Music will feature in talks by conductor Mark Wigglesworth and pianist Andreas Boyde – both in conversation with Guest Festival Director Jonathan Dove.

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Notes to Editors:

Salisbury International Arts Festival blazed into life in 1973 with a thrilling artistic programme that captured the hearts and minds of Salisbury. Since then, successive inspirational Festival Directors have built upon that original offer ensuring that, for two weeks every year, the buildings, streets and open spaces of the city have been alive with creativity and artistic excellence.

In 2019 the Festival enters a new stage in its evolution as part of Wiltshire Creative. As part of that evolution, Jonathan Dove, one of Britain’s finest contemporary composers, is Guest Festival Director.