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If you’ve been following the bloody war unfolding in Ukraine, chances are you’ve read Luke Harding’s work. The veteran Guardian foreign correspondent and former Russia bureau chief has been reporting from the conflict zone throughout 2022, combining direct observation with a macro-political analysis that’s second to none. He takes a break from covering the fighting to speak with Guyon Espiner about Russia, Ukraine, Putin and his new book Shadow State: Murder, Mayhem and Russia’s Remaking of the West.



The Faraway Near bar

The Faraway Near is our beautiful, intimate venue for international digital events. Grab a seat, with the night’s overseas guest seated at your table via a life-sized screen, sharing drinks and conversation. These sessions are more dinner party than hushed theatre, and were the hit of 2021’s festival.

Our guests are broadcast from their own homes around the world, and appear in informal conversation with a skilled interviewer who’s sitting with you in the bar. The bar will be open throughout, and you’ll have a chance to ask questions of your guest as well.

Choose to sit at the dining tables with our writers in the most intimate A reserve spots, or join others in the lounge to tune in from the big B reserve screen.

A Reserve: our most intimate seats, at a dining table with a small group, and your writer life-sized on screen.

B Reserve: in the lounge with a larger group, tuning into your writer on a bigger screen.

Saturday, 3 September
TSB Space, Tūranga, 60 Cathedral Square 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm A Reserve $42/$37
B Reserve $33/$28
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