14.00 –15.00. The Cutfield Freeman Marquee.  Admission £7.

Supported by The Durham Friends

Colombo-born George Alagiah is familiar to millions as a BBC journalist and newscaster and, more recently, as a figurehead for cancer patients and campaigner for improved cancer screening. He is the author of two memoirs charting his family story and the process of becoming an Englishman: A Passage to Africa and A Home from Home: from Immigrant Boy to English Man but has now turned novelist with his well-received thriller of murky dealings in post-apartheid South Africa, The Burning Land.

George will be in conversation with a fellow star of the BBC, Petroc Trelawny. Petroc is the voice of Radio 3’s Breakfast, grew up in Cornwall and is at work on a memoir about his boyhood and lifelong love of trains.

Follow George on Twitter: @BBCAlagiah

Author photograph © Jeff Overs.