BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival: New Generation Thinker Katherine Cooper from Newcastle University

The British Writer and the Refugee

The Barbour Room

A second batch of tickets will be released at 12noon on Friday 17 February.

Katherine Cooper tells the untold story of the work done by British writers to save their European colleagues during World War Two.

She shows how H.G. Wells, Rebecca West and J.B. Priestley all became intertwined with the lives of writers fleeing persecution on the continent. Katherine peeps into drawing rooms, scrutinises the correspondence and draws on the fiction of key literary figures to explore crucial allegiances formed in wartime London. Why did these British writers believe that by saving Europe’s literary voices they were saving Europe itself?


For your information…

  • A second batch of tickets will be released at 12noon on Friday 17 February.
  • A restricted number of tickets will be available on the day on a first come first served basis.
  • Please take your seats 10 minutes prior to the event start time otherwise you may lose your place.


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