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Talk, Mon 31 Oct 2016, £9

Clive Aslet

Clive Aslet


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The Salonika Front is one of the forgotten theatres of the First World War. Salonika, now Thessaloniki, was an exotic city, Ottoman until 1912 and in any case largely occupied by Jews who still spoke a kind of Spanish, their families having left Spain in the 15th century. Like Casablanca in the Second World War, Greece was neutral. But the Anglo-French army was stuck there for the duration, without leave. Upcountry was virtually a desert. Fighting was sporadic. What did the soldiers and nurses do to keep sane? This is a question explored in Clive Aslet’s new novel The Birdcage and will be the subject of his talk. War sometimes had a funny side.

Journalist and writer Clive Aslet lives between London and Ramsgate and regularly contributes to The Times, Spectator as well as Country Life.

Event details

Dates Times
Mon 31 Oct 2016 17:30


Tickets £9.00 (bkg fees apply*)

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Map reference: TR 150578  Lat: 51.27900 Long: 1.08265

By Train:
Canterbury West and Canterbury East train stations are both 0.5 miles away (10 min walk). Journey time from London by train is approximately just under one hour.

By Road:
If you are using Satellite Navigation, you should enter the address ‘Burgate, Canterbury’ rather than using our postcode.
- From London: From M2 and M20 motorways, follow signs to A2 or Canterbury. Arriving in Canterbury, turn right onto the ring road at Rheims Way roundabout. Keep the city walls on
your left. After the 3rd (St George’s) roundabout, turn left into Burgate
- From Dover/Folkestone: Follow signs to Canterbury. You will arrive at the St George’s roundabout. Turn right onto the ring road and then left into Burgate.
- From Ashford: Follow signs to Canterbury (A28). At Wincheap roundabout, turn right. Follow ring road. Turn left into Burgate. There is a Park and Ride site as you enter the city from this direction.

Cathedral entrance gates:
• 7am – 6pm turn RIGHT into Postern Gate, just after Pub.
• 6pm – 7am continue straight down Burgate, turning right into Christ Church Gate just after
Cathedral Café.
• After 9pm – ring bell on left hand side of Christ Church Gate to gain entrance.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Canterbury East/West station

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