Nicholas Rankin, author and a BBC World Service journalist for 20 years, talks about George Steer, one of our greatest pre-WWII war correspondents. A legend in his lifetime, Steer covered the Spanish Civil War and alerted the world to the atrocities of Nazi Germany’s bombing of Guernica 80 years ago. Steer’s dispatches to The Times inspired Picasso’s great anti-war masterpiece Guernica.
Nicholas Rankin grew up in Kenya, was educated in England, and spent most of his twenties in South America and Spain. He has written five books published by Faber and Faber. He has regularly visited the Basque country since he first went to Gernica to make a radio programme for the 60th anniversary of the bombing. He was there for the 80th anniversary this year.
Sunday 22 October
7.30pm The Beacon
Tickets also available from Madhatter Bookshop or Vale and Downland Museum.