Judith Mackrell is a celebrated dance critic, writing first for The Independent and now for The Guardian. Her biography of the Russian ballerina Lydia Lopokova, Bloomsbury Ballerina, was short-listed for the Costa Biography Award while Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation was widely acclaimed. She has also appears on television and radio.
Judith Mackrell will reveal how the lives and careers of six remarkable journalists intertwined: Martha Gellhorn, who out-scooped her husband Ernest Hemingway on D-Day; Lee Miller, who went from being a Vogue cover model to the magazine's official war correspondent; Sigrid Schultz, who hid her Jewish identity and risked her life by reporting on the Nazi regime; Virginia Cowles, a 'society girl columnist' turned combat reporter; Clare Hollingworth, the first journalist to report the outbreak of war; and Helen Kirkpatrick, the first woman to report from an Allied war zone with equal privileges to men. This will be a riveting tale of chasing down sources and narrowly dodging gunfire, while mixing with artists and politicians like Picasso, Cocteau, and Churchill, as well as conducting their own tumultuous love affairs.
Family Ticket: 2 adults, 3 children; Child Ticket: aged 5-15; Under 5: FREESome 640,000 British women either volunteered or were conscripted into the British Armed Services during the Second World War, playing an invaluable role as codebreakers, secret agents, pilots, plotters, and also as ground-breaking war correspondents. In this discussion, three experts will discuss the role of women in the war and the way they transformed society as a consequence.
The Outdoor Programme daily ticket gives you access to everything on the festival's massive Outdoor Programme.
We have talks on the IPGL and History Hit Outdoor Stages, the Living History encampments and static displays, Speaker's Corner talks, performances from the History Tellers and others, live music, two bars, the Emporium, book shops and numerous cafes and food stalls. Anyone with an Outdoor Programme ticket can access up to twenty-five different scheduled events on any one day, so it is truly great value.
For those wishing to experience The Trench, Sword School and Children's Creative History events, these are ticketed separately and need to be pre-booked. Rides on the Vintage Fairground are payable at the ride.
Tickets to individual events in the Hiscox and Smith & Williamson tents also provide access to the Outdoor Programme on that particular day (1 person per ticket).