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Don’t miss this unique opportunity to join Michael Palin – Monty Python stalwart and intrepid globetrotter – for an exclusive evening of fascination and adventure. Michael will be in conversation with journalist and presenter Mariella Frostrup.

Michael will discuss his most recent travels into the notoriously secretive Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. A land without internet or phone signal, where the countryside still operates as a peasant economy while the cities boast gleaming skyscrapers and luxurious underground commuter stations; a country that inspires fear and fascination in equal measure.

Michael Palin’s travels have taken him all around the world, and he will also regale us with tales of his personal journey from a life of comedy to adventurer and historian. 

This promises to be a captivating evening with one of Britain’s national treasures.

Tickets: £15, £25, £35, £45

Booking opens as follows:
Priority Member from 10am on Mon 27 Jan
Advance Members from 10am on Tues 28 Jan
General Public from 2pm on Tues 28 Jan

When you add tickets to the basket, you will be able to add a pre-signed copy of North Korea Journal (Penguin) for the reduced price of £12.99 (RRP £14.99) to your order. Offer only available at time of ticket booking. Your book will be available to collect on the evening of the event.

  • North Korea Journal


    A glimpse of life inside the world’s most secretive country, as told by Britain’s best-loved travel writer.

    In May 2018, former Monty Python stalwart and intrepid globetrotter Michael Palin spent two weeks in the notoriously secretive Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, a cut-off land without internet or phone signal, where the countryside has barely moved beyond a centuries-old peasant economy but where the cities have gleaming skyscrapers and luxurious underground train stations. His resulting documentary for Channel 5 was widely acclaimed.

    Now he shares his day-by-day diary of his visit, in which he describes not only what he saw – and his fleeting views of what the authorities didn’t want him to see – but recounts the conversations he had with the country’s inhabitants, talks candidly about his encounters with officialdom, and records his musings about a land wholly unlike any other he has ever visited – one that inspires fascination and fear in equal measure.

    Written with Palin’s trademark warmth and wit, and illustrated with beautiful colour photographs throughout, the journal offers a rare insight into the North Korea behind the headlines.

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