British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access

Guest Speaker

Guest speaker: James Holland


This year’s guest speaker is historian, writer and broadcaster, James Holland.

The author of the best-selling Fortress Malta, Battle of Britain, and Dam Busters, he has also written nine works of historical fiction, five of which feature the heroic Jack Tanner, a soldier of the Second World War. He is currently writing a three-volume new history of the Second World War in the West and a book about the Battle of the Admin Box in Burma. The first volume, The War in the West: Germany Ascendent, 1939-1941, is out now.

He regularly appears on television and radio, and has written and presented the BAFTA-shortlisted documentaries, Battle of Britain and Dam Busters, as well as the Battle for Malta, Cold War, Hot Jets, and Normandy 44, and is one of the mainstays of the globally successful series, Nazi Megstructures. He is also Co-founder and Programme Director of the Chalke Valley History Festival, the largest of its kind in the UK, and he has his own collection at the Imperial War Museum. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He is also an avid cricketer, and plays for both Chalke Valley CC and the Authors CC.