David France, who won the 2017 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction for his account of AIDS activism in New York, has been in the UK this month for a whirlwind tour of British literary festivals. His trip started in Edinburgh, where he discussed his book, How to Survive A Plague, with Prize Director Toby Mundy before a group of students at Edinburgh College, and later an enthusiastic gathering of Baillie Gifford staff at the prize sponsor’s office.
Later in the week it was off to Charleston, another of Four Culture's clients, where it was the turn of broadcaster and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell to join David on the stage, in the historic base of Bloomsbury Group artists Duncan Bell and Vanessa Grant.
The penultimate stop on the tour was Bath Festival on Saturday, with author Cathy Rentzenbrink in the interviewer’s chair, and a very special appearance alongside Philippe Sands, who won the prize in 2017 for his book, East West Street, at the prestigious Hay Festival on Sunday.
David will return to the UK in the summer, when he appears at Edinburgh Book Festival on 23 August.