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Boyd Tonkin

Boyd Tonkin, journalist and former literary editor of The Independent takes a look at how  Gibraltar has featured in literature and poetry over the years. Although only a small territory of 30,000 inhabitants, Gibraltar’s position at the entrance to the Mediterranean and its varied history has made it a melting pot for culture.

His lecture will examine the references to Gibraltar in classic literatures including James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’, Anthony Burgess’s, A Vision of Battlements, Jules Verne’s satirical novel, Gil Braltar, Mark Twain’s The Innocents Abroad, and in poems by Tennyson, Browning and Yeats.

Formerly Senior Writer with The Independent, Boyd Tonkin now writes on arts and literature for UK newspapers and magazines including the Financial Times, The Observer and The Spectator. He was Chair of the Judges for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize and has judged many other literary awards. He also broadcasts regularly for BBC arts and current-affairs programmes.

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