2024 Festival Event

Chris Patten

Chris Patten – ‘The Hong Kong Diaries’

Recently published in paperback, Lord Patten’s account of his time as the last Governor of Hong Kong gives unprecedented insights into negotiating with the Chinese during the period of handover. He was responsible for reconciling the basic rights and freedoms of over six million people with the imperatives of Beijing. Lord Patten discusses what has happened since the handover in 1997 and gives a powerful assessment of recent events, including reflections on how to deal with China – then and now.

Chis Patten - Hong Kong Diaries
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2024 Festival Schedule

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A printed version of this schedule can be found on the back of the programme booklet available at the Barnes Bookshop, 98 Church Road.