The former head of the Army General Sir Mike Jackson will be in Budleigh Salterton on Saturday, November 16, sharing the highs and lows of his career.
The one-off event has been organised by Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival to raise funds for the festival’s Education Outreach programme.
The former Chief of the General Staff and Head of the Army will share personal anecdotes and examples of success and failure throughout his career, spanning almost 45 years.
Annie Ashworth, festival artistic director, said: “It is an honour to have General Sir Mike Jackson join us for what is sure to be a powerful and poignant evening.
“As well as our annual five-day event, Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival also offers exciting one-off events throughout the year to inspire, entertain and educate literature lovers all year round.”
General Sir Mike commanded British forces in Iraq, UN forces in Kosovo and peacekeeping missions in Bosnia.
He was on duty in Northern Ireland on what became known as Bloody Sunday.
He was originally commissioned into the Intelligence Corps, specialising in the threat from the Soviet Union, and transferred to the Parachute Regiment.
In the 1990s, he served as deputy to General Clark, NATO Commander in Europe.
General Sir Mike is expected to share the highs and lows of his career and his views of the Army today.
Budleigh Salterton Literary festival’s Education Outreach programme offers visits from authors and illustrators to schools, free of charge, to talk about their work and inspire children to read and enjoy books.
All proceeds from General Sir Mike Jackson’s talk will go towards the 2020 educational work.
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