Closing Interview With Alan Jones, The Artistic Director Of The Trieste Science + Fiction Festival

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by Edward Hunt

The Trieste Science + Fiction Festival, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, took off on October 27 until November 1 and was full of attractions to dazzle, amaze, and stimulate the cosmic fantasy fans. We interviewed the mind behind the festival, its artistic director Alan Jones.

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Edward is a defence consultant working independently for various companies and governments. He has lived in Trieste since 2017 after moving with his family from London. His Roman wife is the Director of TICO Film Production company and works with the Trieste / Friuli film industry on a variety of projects both within Italy and overseas. His children love living in the city, though they lament the lack of large parks in which to cycle and play football. Edward read history at Magdalen College, Oxford during which time he was an RAF reserve officer, and after leaving studied for an MA at King's College London. His primary interests are aviation and history plus a love of film, especially Sci-Fi and Fantasy. Edward worked initially in finance and then at several consulting team and companies specialising in aerospace and defence. Among other positions, he was head of the UK consulting team at Jane's Information Group and during his time there was frequently interviewed by BBC, Radio 4 and other major global TV and radio channels for views and analysis on current global events and industry developments. Currently he also writes articles for various aerospace industry magazines, works with flight simulator game developers and corrects erroneous opinions in the FT comments sections like a Boss.

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