We are delighted that our Centre Director, Kezia Dugdale, has been asked to chair several events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Kerry Brown, Sam Fowles & David Loyn: Does Power Corrupt? Monday 22 August at 2.30pm. These three experts come together to compare the superpower states of China, the USA and Britain. Each nation is at a very different stage in their imperial trajectories but all have fought to retain power, often by questionable means. What does the future hold?

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Devi Sridhar: How to Prevent (Another) Pandemic, Thursday 18 August at 11.30am. As the Covid pandemic took hold, Professor Devi Sridhar’s calm and insightful analysis became invaluable for people across the country. As both chair of global health public policy at Edinburgh University and a highly effective social media communicator, she will use her appearance at the Book Festival to discuss what lessons we can learn and how this should shape future policies.

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Justin Webb: Radio Saved My Life, Monday 15 August at 4pm. As one of the BBC’s much admired and respected presenters and journalists, Justin Webb opens up about his dysfunctional childhood in his memoir ‘The Gift of Radio’. The Radio 4 presenter will talk about how his upbringing was shaped by 1970s Britain, including time in a grim Quaker boarding school.

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