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The first investigative journalist in the old Soviet Union, Vitali Vitaliev was forced to defect from the USSR in January 1990 – the result of his ground-breaking and courageous investigations into Soviet organised crime, neo-fascism, political prisoners and persecutions.

He has been awarded several Journalist of the Year awards and received the Nieman Fellowship in Journalism from Harvard University (USA) – the most prestigious title that can be bestowed to a professional working in the field of international investigative journalism.

Since his escape to the West, Vitali has worked as an editor and columnist and appeared on both serious and satirical TV and radio programming. Vitali has published eleven books, all written in English and translated into many languages,

Vitali will be appearing twice at the festival. On Saturday 27th November discover the secrets of successful travel writing including the importance of getting lost. On Sunday 28th November Vitali explains how to become a time traveller.

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