Our next event takes place on Monday 24 November at 7 p.m. in Committee Room 1 of the House of Lords with:
- Prof. Steven Fielding – Professor of Political History, University of Nottingham and author of A State of Play: British Politics on Stage, Screen and Page from Anthony Trollope to The Thick of It
- Michael Dobbs – Conservative peer, political author and creator of the House of Cards trilogy
Steven Fielding’s new book explores the depiction of British politics in fiction, from the reverence of Anthony Trollope to the cynicism of The Thick of It. Drawing on a wide range of material – from Yes Mininster and the novels of H.G. Wells to less obvious sources such as Steptoe and Son and the works of Agatha Christie – he argues that these depictions have played an important but insidious part in shaping how we think about our democracy and have helped to ventilate the British public’s many frustrations with Westminster.
Prof. Fielding will be discussing his research, focusing particularly on the way Conservatives have been portrayed down the ages. He will be joined by Lord Dobbs, the political author and creator of one of the most famous fictional Tories – Francis Urquhart – through the hugely successful House of Cards trilogy, which spawned award-winning TV adaptations on both sides of the Atlantic.
Committee Room 1 in the House of Lords can be reached from the main (St. Stephen’s) entrance to Parliament. Please allow time to pass through security.
Please click here to register for a ticket.