Leading historian Dr Peter Frankopan has joined the line-up for this year’s Gibunco Gibraltar International Literary Festival, which opens on Thursday.
Frankopan, pictured right, gives the prestigious Gibraltar Lecture on his new book The Silk Roads: A New History of the World, which argues that the focus of world history is shifting east.
Meanwhile, the celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson, pictured left, who made his name on television programmes such as Food and Drink, Ready Steady Cook and Saturday Kitchen, gives a talk about his life and books and prepares the menu for a lunch on the Saturday.
Other new events include the founder of the City AM daily business newspaper Jens Torpe talking to former The Independent editor Simon Kelner about the future of newspapers, in the City AM Lecture.
Former spiritual leader of the Sephardi congregation of Portuguese and Spanish Jews in London Rabbi Abraham Levy delivers the festival service and talks to his brother James Levy about the good relations between Abrahamic faiths in Gibraltar and Andalucia.
Authors and speakers previously announced include broadcaster and Childline founder Dame Esther Rantzen, actress Maureen Lipman, historian Dan Jones, football commentator Guillem Balague, and world-renowned scientist and writer Professor Frank Close.
Tickets are selling rapidly, and this year’s attendance already looks set to outstrip last year’s record-breaking number. The main festival brochure is now available to download.
The festival takes place between Thursday 12 November and Sunday 15 November. Tickets are available through the festival website or at the Garrison Library box office.