Second World War POW camp to host author talk

  • Published: September 14th 2018
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The atmospheric setting of the former prisoner of war camp at Cultybraggan in Perthshire is the unique location for latest author talk from Culture Perth & Kinross.

Award winning biographer Bill Jones will be in conversation with Dr Nicola Small, Local History Officer with Culture Perth & Kinross, about his debut novel, the Second World War thriller ‘Black Camp 21’. Inspired by true events, this thriller will travel from the battlefields of France to the ‘black camp’ at Cultybraggan, where only the most committed and fanatical Nazi prisoners were held.

Built a mile and a half from the Perthshire village of Comrie, Camp 21 at Cultybraggan was built in 1941 to house up to 4000 prisoners and was also known as the ‘black camp of the North’ holding some of the most notorious prisoners captured during the Second World War, many of which were Waffen-SS officers. As a deterrent, the camp was guarded by Polish soldiers, many of whom had a personal hatred for the Germans as a result of the invasion of their country by the Nazi regime.

Author Bill Jones was a journalist before joining Granada Television in Manchester in the 1980s where he worked on documentaries for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. After 30 years in broadcasting, he turned to a career in writing. His first biography, The Ghost Runner, was shortlisted for the William Hill Award and won him The Times Best New Writer in the 2012 British Sports Book Awards.

Tickets for this Culture Perth and Kinross event, at Cultybraggan Camp, Comrie from 7.00pm to 9.30pm, are £5. Tickets are available from Strathearn Community Campus Library, Crieff, Comrie Library, Comrie or online via Eventbrite. Booking is essential.

The event is kindly sponsored by Thorntons Solicitors and Estate Agents.

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