Festival talks

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Mount Stewart Conversations Festival 2019 will welcome a host of influential and well known speakers.

We will again be working with a host of exciting partners on our talks programme supported by our creative, fun and exciting arts programme showcasing a range of genres and the opportunity for you to get involved or just watch and enjoy.

A true festival in an amazing location, we are sure there is something for everyone at Mount Stewart Conversations Festival 2019.

Join us for a captivating insight into the life and works of renowned historian, biographer and broadcaster Hugo Vickers. Hugo will be joined by Tom Perrin of Zuleika Publishing to discuss his career and writings.

Find out more and book your tickets here.

Main Marquee

Saturday 7th September 2019

4:40pm Mark Austin and Stephen Walker - Book Tickets

Mark Austin, the EMMY and BAFTA award-winning journalist and Washington Correspondent for Sky News headlines Mount Stewart Conversation Festival 2019, regaling audiences with tales from his 35-year career. In partnership with Open House Festival.

Mark will be joined by Stephen Walker to talk about his work and the man behind the news providing an amazing insight into one man's extraordinary career and the world of television news.


Central Hall

Saturday 7th September 2019

11.30am–12.30pm: Youth Forum Debate: What we want in our future- Book Tickets (Free)

Literific presents their 2019 Youth Panel featuring the winners of the Literific secondary schools debating competition discussing what is really important to their world and future.

1 – 2pm: KGB Presents "The Art of Conversation" - Book Tickets

A new local writing collective brought together by Karen, Gaynor and Biddi capture local writing talent for prestigious Mount Stewart Conversations Festival where they will read work on the theme of The Art of Conversation reflecting issues that provoke and stimulate conversation in today’s society.

2pm – 3pm: Rock Stars & Royalty – Princess Josephine Loewenstein and Lady Ann Glenconner - Book Tickets

Get ready to hear some of the most intriguing anecdotes you’re ever likely to hear as we join Princess Josephine Loewenstein and Lady Ann Glenconner in conversation. Both ladies were close confidants of Princess Margaret with fascinating connections to aristocracy, royalty and rock stars! They have trail blazed across the globe and now come to Mount Stewart to share their stories with us.

4pm – 5pm: Peers, Politicians and Polemicists: the people within the Londonderry papers at PRONI - Book Tickets

We are delighted to be joined by Lorraine Burke of PRONI (Public Records Office Northern Ireland) who will begin to unlock some of the captivating characters that have shaped the history and legacy of the Londonderry Family. Lorraine will provide an insight into the Londonderry papers which are held at PRONI.


Sunday 8th September 2019                                                                                                              

1 – 2pm: KGB Presents "The Art of Conversation" - Book Tickets

A new local writing collective brought together by Karen, Gaynor and Bidi capture local writing talent for prestigious Mount Stewart Conversations Festival where they will read work on the theme of The Art of Conversation reflecting issues that provoke and stimulate conversation in today’s society.

2:30pm – 3:30pm: Hugo Vickers in Conversation with Tom Perrin - Book Tickets

Join us for a captivating insight into the life and works of renowned historian, biographer and broadcaster Hugo Vickers. Hugo will be joined by Tom Perrin of Zuleika Publishing to discuss his career and writings.
 

Supported by Ards and North Down Borough Council and Tourism NI.

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Mount Stewart Conversations Festival Tickets Now On Sale

Tickets are now available for a variety of talks and debates. This event is kindly supported by Ards and North Down Borough Council and Tourism NI

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KGB present "The Art of Conversation"

A new local writing collective brought together by Karen, Gaynor and Biddi capture local writing talent for prestigious Mount Stewart Conversations Festival where they will read work on the theme of The Art of Conversation reflecting issues that provoke and stimulate conversation in today’s society.

Mount Stewart Conversations Festival 7 & 8 September 2019

Arts, culture and music

Mount Stewart Conversations Festival is a celebration of ideas, art, music, and culture. Take a look at all the free events happening throughout the weekend...