Friday 13th – 8pm (Memorial Hall)

Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles (“Ever the Diplomat: Confessions of a Foreign Office Mandarin”)

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Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles joined the Diplomatic Service straight after reading classics at Oxford. 
He served in the Political Sections of the British Embassies in Cairo, Washington and Paris, and as British Ambassador to Israel, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan. 
Back in the Foreign Office in London his jobs included time as the Foreign Office speech writer (writing for Mrs Thatcher), as Head of the Hong Kong Department in the run-up to the handover of Hong Kong, and a memorable two and half years as Principal Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary, the late Robin Cook. 
He learnt Arabic, French, Hebrew and some Pashto. His memoir Ever the Diplomat has been widely praised for its insights into modern diplomacy and also for its amusing anecdotes, including one, which went viral on Twitter, about the Queen driving the King of Saudi Arabia around Balmoral. Ever the Diplomat was awarded a prize in the Political Book of the Year Awards in 2013. Earlier, Cables from Kabul was regarded as the definitive account of the errors the West made in Afghanistan.
Sir Sherard will talk about his experiences and offer some views on current issues, including the Middle East.