GUEST SPEAKERS, STEPHANIE WILLIAMS AND NICHOLAS OWEN APPEAR AT BOWOOD HOTEL
PUBLISHED: 10:25 11 April 2012 | UPDATED: 21:15 20 February 2013
GUEST SPEAKERS, STEPHANIE WILLIAMS AND NICHOLAS OWEN<br/><br/>APPEAR AT 'THE LIBRARY TALKS AT BOWOOD HOTEL' - <br/><br/>CHATTING ABOUT THE BRITISH EMPIRE AND A HALF CENTURY IN THE MEDIA <br/><br/>ON WEDNESDAY 25 APRIL AND WEDNESDAY 23 MAY, RESPECTIVELY.
In just a couple of weeks time, The Library Talks at Bowood Hotel will be welcoming Stephanie Williams to chat about her latest book over afternoon tea at the 43 bedroom hotel (www.bowood-hotel.co.uk) on the Bowood estate and then next month it will be the turn of BBC news presenter, Nicholas Owen.
At the first of these two events, authoress Stephanie Williams will place the spotlight on the British Empire - as told through the lives of the Victorians who governed the colonies - when she addresses Wednesday 25 Aprils literary English Afternoon Tea. With the portrait of the 5th Marquess of Lansdowne* as Viceroy of India (from 1888-1894) surveying the scene in the Library at Bowood Hotel, this is a most appropriate backdrop for such a talk.
From Nigeria to Fiji, Australia to Sri Lanka, Stephanie Williamss book Running the Show is a vivid portrait of empire and of men from another age, who formed so much of the world we live in today and is the story of ordinary men, facing unimaginable circumstances. Made up of episodes from the lives of governors serving around the British Empire, it presents a kaleidoscope of people, places and events with stories of how, for better or worse, attempts were made to bring order to often chaotic situations.
A former journalist and the author of three books of non-fiction, including Olgas Story, Stephanie Williams was born in Canada. As the daughter of an army officer, she moved constantly across Canada and the US, as well as over to Germany and England. Since then she has continued to travel widely, subsequently living in Hong Kong and now in north London.
*( with Bowood House & Gardens now re-opened to the public, more flavour of the 5th Marquesss time as Viceroy can be gained within the Indiana section of the Exhibition Rooms. The 5th Marquess also served as Governor-General of Canada from 1883 to 1888, aged 38-43 during this time.)
Then on Wednedsay 23 May, Nicholas Owen will be coming to Bowood to talk about his new memoir Days Like This - an exhilarating half century working in the media.
What is it really like to front a TV programme when everything is going wrong? Or to interview a Prime Minister? Or to cross swords with irate business tycoons or senior Royals? Nicholas Owens memoir answers these and many more such questions in his new book that tells of his zig zag journey from a local paper, via Fleet Street in its heyday, to many years of high-profile presentation of TV news including his role as ITVs Royal Correspondent from 1994 to 2000. Along with the darker times (including his lead in ITNs reporting of the death and funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales) are many lighter moments and experiences such as his appearance on Strictly Come Dancing.
Nicholas Owen continues today as a journalist and presenter with BBC News, appearing on BBC One and presenting his own show on Classic FM on Saturday afternoons.
Both speakers will take questions from the floor after their talk and tickets to attend each English Afternoon Tea talk and book signing are priced at 15 per person. Reservations for each tea - starting at 3.30pm - should be booked in advance with Bowood Hotels Reception. Tel: 01249 822228. For further details on these and other Bowood events visit: http://www.bowood-hotel.co.uk/events