Clare Balding – Isle of Dogs

Tickets £11/£9

Clare Balding has always been fascinated by the impact dogs have on our lives and the way they have shaped Britain across the centuries. In Isle of Dogs, she explores the characteristics of our favourite breeds, why we’re drawn to them and what they bring out in us, from how we work to how we live.
In this adventure across Britain, Clare explores the many roles’ dogs fulfil and the history of how they became such an intrinsic part of our lives. From the mysteries of extinct breeds to the ancient dogs still thriving today, she journeys from Battersea to the Orkney Islands via Buckingham Palace to tell a moving and humorous tale of loyalty and partnership.
Talking to people whose everyday survival depends on their dog, those whose experience of life has been transformed by them. And to those who work with dogs and how we have made use of their superior senses to root out drugs, discover disease, detect bombs, rescue missing or injured people and sniff out accelerants in potential cases of arson.

Chaired by Claire Malcolm


Booking Information

  • Priority Booking for Festival Friends opens at 08.00 on Friday 1st of March. Tickets go on general sale from Monday 4th March.
  • Hearing loops are available for Theatre and Library events. Carers qualify for free ‘essential companion’ tickets. Wheelchair spaces are limited. In all cases, please call the Box Office on 01434 652477 to book or email:
  • Tickets cannot be refunded but can be exchanged for other Book Festival events.





27 Apr 2024


10:30 am - 11:30 am

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