Tales from the War Zone
Tuesday 3 July 2012, 3.11pm | Waterstones PiccadillyAdd to Calendar >
On 3rd July four top writers shared their reflections on war – and writing about war – in the 21st century.
Veteran war correspondent and former soldier Martin Bell explained how war today has become a policy option instead of a last resort; writer Geoff Dyer explains the move from discussing war through fiction and poetry in earlier times to war reportage in the modern era; American novelist Ben Fountain, whose new book has been described as a modern-day “Catch 22″, talked about war as a non-combatant; and the celebrated young author and former soldier Patrick Hennessey described the confusion and miscommunications that can arise between allies in a conflict, based on his observation of British and American troops in Afghanistan.
Martin Bell – Former soldier and BBC war correspondent
Geoff Dyer – Novelist and essayist who was recently writer-in-residence aboard a US aircraft carrier
Ben Fountain – American author, whose latest novel is Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Patrick Hennessey – Former soldier and author of The Junior Officers’ Reading Club