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13th March


Starts 7.00pm. The Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. Doors open 6.30pm.

Tickets £10 for members and £12 for visitors. 
Available from Winstone's Bookshop and through Eventbrite. 


Arthur Snell is a British author, political commentator, and former diplomat who served as the United Kingdom's High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago from 2011 to 2014. He has held several diplomatic postings in Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Yemen, Iraq and Afghanistan and was the United Kingdom's High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago. He has also headed the Foreign Office contribution to the UK's "Prevent" anti-terrorism programme.


He is now managing director of Orbis Business Intelligence, a risk consultancy, where one of his fellow directors is former MI6 officer, Christopher Steele who compiled the Steele Dossier on Donald Trump. In 2020, Snell contributed to a report which looked at attempts to influence UK elites by China. He has been a regular contributor and host to the political podcast The Bunker, a spinoff of the podcast Oh God, What Now?. In 2021, he started his own podcast, Doomsday Watch, talking to experts about geopolitical issues which continued with a second series on the back of Russia's invasion of Ukraine

5th - 7th April
Curated by Rory MacLean

Venture from Bodmin to Beijing, the Amazon to the Arctic and across the ages from Caesar’s Gaul to today’s shipping forecast with the UK’s leading travel writers and photographers 


Join Benedict Allen, Hilary Bradt, Katie Carr, Nick Danziger,

Tim Hannigan, Brian Jackman, Don McCullin, Caroline Mills,

Bijam Omrani, Tom Parfitt, Davina Quinlivan, Monisha Rajesh,

Kassia St Clair, Noo Saro-Wiwa and Rory MacLean to be transported across the world.

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Sherborne Literary Society exists to:

Raise the profile of reading

Provide a forum for the local area's aspiring writers and give access to established ones.

Raise the profile of writing

Create an interest in books among young audiences and continue to inspire older ones.

Meet and share new ideas

Bring together national and local authors to discuss their writing and share inspiration.

Encourage creative expression

Demonstrate the fun and creativity associated with the written word in all forms.

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