The National Army Museum will hold its first book festival next month.
Veteran war journalist John Simpson and Fergal Keane, the former Southern African correspondent for the BBC who reported on the Rwandan genocide and won the Amnesty International Press Awards in 1993, lead an impressive bill announced by the Chelsea venue.
Other headliners include Victoria Cross recipient Johnson Beharry, Newsnight’s Mark Urban, Rodric Braithwaite, the former foreign policy advisor and British Ambassador to Russia, and historian Peter Caddick-Adams.
Organisers say the talks will reflect “the entire sweep” of military history, with Bletchley Park, the Napoleonic Wars, the Spanish Civil War, the World Wars and modern-day Afghanistan on the agenda.
Special guests, guided tours, question-and-answer sessions and goodie bags are also planned.
- Runs September 8-9 2012, 10.30am-5.30pm. Tickets £12.50-£25. Visit the festival homepage for full details and to book.