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Lord Patten to deliver Governor’s Lecture at Literary Festival

Lord Patten of Barnes will deliver the Governor’s Lecture at this year’s Literary Festival, that will be held from November 14 to 17.

Lord Patten became MP for Bath in 1979 and held several Ministerial posts, becoming Secretary of State for the Environment in 1989 and Chairman of the Conservative Party in 1990.

Lord Patten was Governor of Hong Kong from 1992 to 1997, overseeing the return of The Territory to China. He was appointed European Commissioner for External Relations in 1999 and held this post until November 2004.

He became a member of the House of Lords in 2005. Lord Patten is Chancellor of the University of Oxford in 2003.

Lord Patten has written a number of books – The Tory Case (1982), East and West (1998), Not Quite The Diplomat (2005) and What Next?: Surviving the 21st Century (2008). First Confession (2017).
“Lord Patten will join an interesting line up of participants covering a wide range of subjects as we head for the 7th edition of this prestigious festival,” said the Minister for Tourism, Gilbert Licudi.

“Once again we are able to present an inspiring series of presentations for all to enjoy as part of the Government’s successful event let tourism policy. This year’s line-up is by no means complete and we hope to announce the participation of Gibraltar authors soon, along with other highlights.”

Authors confirmed for the Literary Festival so far include: Paola Diana, Gavin Esler, Diana Moran, Tim Bentinick, Robin Ince, Ursula Buchan, Professor Bart Van Es, Brian Wood, Jonathan Cranston, David Barrie, Lord Mark Price, Ben Arogundade, Ed Gorman, Geraldine McCaughean, Richard Hamilton, Prof Jonathan Phillips, Violet Moller, Adrian Tinniswood, Adam Zamoyski, Alba Arikha, Dr Julian Baggini and Dr Guy Leschziner.

Suzi Feay and Nick Higham will return as interviewers for the Festival.

Further information on the speakers is available at

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