Dr Fiona Hill in conversation

Dr Fiona Hill is to be in conversation with Anne McElvoy as part of the Durham Book Festival on 10 October.


Fiona grew up in Bishop Auckland; daughter of a miner and nurse. She attended Bishop Barrington School and developed an interest in languages. Together with her interviewer, Anne McElvoy from BBC and The Economist, the two girls took part in a number of Durham County Council organised exchange visits. These sealed her passion for languages and thanks to a student grant from the County Council, she embarked on a Russian degree at St Andrews University. Ultimately, Fiona moved to the USA where she became special adviser on Russia and the Caucus region to three US Presidents and served on the US Security Council. She took part in discussions at the highest level with US Presidents and President Putin. She rose to have a high profile during President Trump’s impeachment trial.

Her message in her new book is that aspiration should not be limited by background.

We very much hope that we can ensure that as many people as possible hear her message as an inspirational case study. The session is being recorded and the recording is available until 31 October.

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