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George Alagiah

The Burning Land

Festival of Ideas/
Sat 07 September 2019
12:00-13:00
St George's Bristol
Price: £10/ £8

George Alagiah

The Burning Land

Alagiah+George_c_Jeff Overs
Sat 07 September 2019,
12:00-13:00
St George's Bristol
Price: £10/ £8

Before becoming presenter of the BBC News at Six and World News Today, George Alagiah was known for his work as one of the BBC’s foreign correspondents. He covered the genocide in Rwanda and civil wars in Afghanistan and Liberia and many other international crises. The Burning Land is his first work of fiction and he delves into the spaces between the despatches he has brought to the nation as a reporter.

Set in the post-apartheid landgrabs of South Africa, this political thriller examines the greed and corruption that taints the optimism of a nation, where the political becomes deeply personal for former childhood friends, Lindi and Kagiso. Their beloved home country is rapidly turning into a powder keg, as nations fight for ownership of its land and resources. With the murder of one of the nation’s bright young hopes, the fuse is well and truly lit. Dealing with themes of xenophobia, environmental activism, political responsibility, and the meaning of patriotism, The Burning Land tells a story that is all too relevant today.

Without rhetoric or rancour, his eloquent book places these issues in their true context, and frames some of the major moral questions of our time

Independent

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Book online or purchase tickets in person at St George’s Box Office or on Tel: 0845 40 24 001 Mon – Sat 10:00-18:00.  A 5% booking fee applies online and over the phone. A £2 postage fee is charged where applicable. This is to cover postage and stationery. There is no charge for collecting tickets from Box Office in advance. Alternatively, select print-at-home tickets, also available to show on your smart phone.

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The Festival of Ideas endeavours to hold its events in venues that are accessible to all, but if you have specific access concerns it is advisable to contact the venue direct. St George’s Bristol regrets that due to St George’s listed-building status there is limited access to some parts of the building. However, St George’s welcomes customers with additional needs and there is a dedicated accessible entrance from Charlotte Street via a lift. Please mention your particular needs to the Box Office staff when you book and they will give you all the assistance and advice you need. Limited parking space is available for disabled ‘Blue Badge’ holders in the adjacent car park but must be reserved in advance – call the Box Office to check availability. Guide dogs are admitted to all parts of the venue. Accessible toilet facilities are located within the Bar, accessible by lift.

St George’s has recently installed a new Assisted Listening System called Sennheiser MobileConnect. Using WiFi, visitors to St George’s can now get superior quality live audio from concerts, talks, and exhibitions fed directly to their smart phone, or similar device – either through headphones or via a necklace for hearing aid users. The sound levels can be adjusted on your device to suit your needs and the House Team will be happy to assist you with this. The Sennheiser MobileConnect system has been installed to combat the poor coverage to the more traditional hearing loop within the main hall. Headphones/necklaces can be booked via the Box Office in advance or borrowed on the day, for a refundable deposit of £5. Visitors can download the Sennheiser MobileConnect app using the links below to use on their own device and can also use their own headphones. Please speak to the Box Office Team for more information at the time of booking.

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