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Friend of Tortoise Exclusive

The Tortoise Interview: Michael Palin on Iraq

The Tortoise Interview: Michael Palin on Iraq

This event is exclusive to Friends of Tortoise

This is a newsroom ThinkIn. In-person and digital-only tickets are available.

One of our most popular ever invited speakers returns to the newsroom to spend an evening chatting to James Harding and Tortoise members about his latest adventure. 

In March 2022, Michael Palin travelled the length of the River Tigris through Iraq to get a sense of what life is like in a region of the world that once formed the cradle of civilisation, but that in recent times has witnessed turmoil and appalling bloodshed as the social and political landscape of the country has changed drastically. 

It was a journey of sharp, often brutal contrasts, chronicled in Michael’s new book and TV series: ‘Into Iraq’. 

From the streets of Baghdad to the ancient ruins of Babylon and the war-torn city of Mosul, Michael will share stories of the places he visited, the people he met and the impressions he formed of a country that few outsiders now venture to see.

editor and invited experts

James Harding
Co-founder and Editor

Michael Palin
Actor, comedian, writer, television presenter, and public speaker