The remarkable Iby Knill will be in conversation with Judi Spiers.
An Auschwitz holocaust survivor, Iby Knill was born in 1923 in Czechoslovakia. In 1942, in order to escape Nazi persecution Iby escaped to Hungary where after hiding with relatives she was caught, tortured and imprisoned as an illegal immigrant. In 1944, when the Germans occupied Hungary, Iby was sent to Auschwitz, where she was held in a hut with 250 women. When Dr Mengele asked for nursing volunteers, Iby accompanied a slave labour transport of 530 Hungarian women to Lippstadt. After the war Iby married a British army officer and arrived in Cornwall in 1947 to make a new life and close the door on the past. For 60 years she hid the horrors she had survived. All that changed when Iby was featured in the BBC One programme My Story, featuring ordinary people with extraordinary stories. Now in her 90s, Iby is determined to share her experiences with future generations.
Iby will be in conversation with radio and TV presenter Judi Spiers.
Thursday 19th October 12.30pm
United Church, 49-51 Charles Street
It is excellent that Dorchester is now on the literary map
I was particularly delighted by how many of the audience seemed to know and appreciate my work. As you know, authors are solitary creatures - mostly - and for me at least it's a real pleasure to have good reason to leave my work-room (a shed in the garden with a too-seductive view of the Cambrians) and meet and talk with readers and fellow writers (not forgetting that many of us are both).
I'm now back at my desk after Ann Cleeves' mammoth book tour and wanted to send a note to say a huge thank you for hosting such a fantastic event for us. It was a definite highlight out of the 30 events!
William and I had a very interesting and often hilarious time putting (our presentation) together – fortunately we both wanted to be thoroughly prepared, so we refined and refined… we enjoyed ourselves, aided and abetted by the helpfulness of you and yours behind the scenes, the warmth of the audience, and the pleasantness of the setting. Speaking at your festival was an altogether happy experience. I only wish I had managed to organise listening to many of the other talks, which I really wanted to do… Many congratulations to you and all your team, and all wishes for Festival no. 3!
I sip my Dorset tea and just wanted to say thanks so much for the invitation to the lit fest - I thoroughly enjoyed it...
We really enjoyed the talks we attended... and look forward to next year's event... Kate Adie was brilliant