Tom Holland

Tom Holland

Tom Holland is an award-winning historian, biographer and broadcaster. He is the author of Rubicon: The Triumph and the Tragedy of the Roman Republic, which won the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize; Persian Fire which won the Anglo-Hellenic League’s Runciman Award in 2006; Millennium: The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom, In the Shadow of the Sword, Dynasty and Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind. He has adapted Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides and Virgil for the BBC, published a translation of Herodotus as well as biographies of Æthelstan and Æthelflæd. He is the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Making History. He has written and presented several TV documentaries and served two years as the Chair of the Society of Authors and is Chair of the British Library’s PLR Advisory Committee. He is the co-presenter of The Rest is History podcast series.

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  1. 26. TALES OF ANCIENT ROME: THE YEAR OF THE FOUR EMPERORS
    26. TALES OF ANCIENT ROME: THE YEAR OF THE FOUR EMPERORS

    In this fireside talk, Tom Holland will bring his deep knowledge, humour and unique voice to one of the most tumultuous, most violent years in Rome’s history: AD 69, the first civil war of the Roman Empire, in which first Galba, then Otho, then Vitellius ruled before Vespasian finally took over and stability returned. It is a gory tale of murder, mayhem, suicide and rampant ambition…

    Outdoor Programme Event

    The Outdoor Programme daily ticket gives you access to everything on the festival's massive Outdoor Programme. The child ticket is applicable for ages 5-15; Under 5’s are free

    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).

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  2. 21. PASSING: AN ALTERNATIVE HISTORY OF IDENTITY
    21. PASSING: AN ALTERNATIVE HISTORY OF IDENTITY

    A slave woman in 1840s America dresses as a white, disabled man to escape to freedom, while a twenty-first-century black rights activist is ‘cancelled’ for denying her whiteness. A Victorian explorer disguises himself as a Muslim in Arabia’s forbidden holy city. Today, Japanese untouchables leave home and change their name. All of them have ‘passed’, performing or claiming an identity that society hasn’t assigned or recognised as theirs. Historian, author and film-maker Lipika Pelham will reflect on tales of fluidity and transformation, and discuss with Tom Holland what these stories tell us about the changing meanings of identity.

    Outdoor Programme Event

    The Outdoor Programme daily ticket gives you access to everything on the festival's massive Outdoor Programme. The child ticket is applicable for ages 5-15; Under 5’s are free

    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).

    £0.00
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