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There are events for just about every age and interest at the Book Festival, bringing readers and writers together for inspiration, entertainment and discussion. Around 1000 authors appear in over 800 events, including novelists, poets, scientists, sportsmen, illustrators, comics creators, historians, musicians, biographers, Nobel and Booker prize-winners and many more besides.

Jonathan Miles

Matryoshka City Stories

Thursday 17 August 11:00am - 12:00pm

The city we know as St Petersburg (having also been Petrograd and Leningrad in the last century) has a colourful backstory. Cultural historian Jonathan Miles explores 300 years of a city which features murder, massacre and madness as well as art, love...