Lady Diana Cooper was an aristocrat, Jazz Age society darling and actress of stage and screen. Sharing the letters she wrote to her only son, John Julius Norwich discusses the dazzling life his mother led as the original ‘It’ girl. He’s joined by the actress who played Lady Diana in the original 1970s TV drama, to bring to life some of the most moving and entertaining of the letters.
The dark net is an underworld that stretches from popular social media sites to the most secretive corners of the encrypted web. It is a world that frequently appears in newspaper headlines, but one that is little understood, and rarely explored. The Dark Net is a revelatory examination of the most innovative and dangerous subcultures of the online world: trolls and pornographers, drug dealers and hackers, political extremists and computer scientists, Bitcoin programmers and self-harmers, libertarians and vigilantes. Bartlett is the Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think tank Demos.
In an age when a storm at sea was evidence of God’s great wrath, C19th meteorologists had to fight against convention and religious dogma. But buoyed by the achievements of the Enlightenment, a generation of mavericks set out to explain the secrets of the atmosphere and learned to predict the future. Among them were Luke Howard, the first to classify the clouds, Francis Beaufort who quantified the winds, James Glaisher who explored the upper atmosphere in a hot-air balloon, Samuel Morse whose electric telegraph gave scientists the means by which to transmit weather warnings, and Admiral Robert FitzRoy himself, master sailor, scientific pioneer and founder of the Met Office.
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A conversation with the artist whose sculpture and installation touches on the fragility of human experience and is rich with visual and literary allusions. Projects which have included blowing up a shed, steamrolling musical instruments and sending meteorites back into space have captured the public imagination since she first came to prominence in the 1990s.
New challenges need new skills. How do we ensure that we provide young people with the skills they’ll need to deal with the rapid developments in engineering? How can we help them adapt to unforeseen innovations? John Perkins is the Government's Chief Scientific Advisor for Business, Innovation and Skills, Martin Driscoll is HR Director for Tata Steel and Daphne O’Doherty is Director of Learning and Teaching at the School of Engineering, Cardiff University. Chaired by Secretary Hilary Clinton's senior advisor on innovation.
The Nobel Prize-winning Mario Vargas Llosa has a conversation with the writer JJ Armas Marcelo about his latest published novel, El héroe discreto (Alfaguara). Two literary leading lights deal with the analysis of this melodrama, full of extortion and revenge in a humorous tone.
It’s now ten years since the invasion of Iraq, and the UK Armed Forces have been fully engaged in a decade of war. What has been the mental health impact? If you listen to many media accounts you might conclude that nearly everyone who has served in Iraq or Afghanistan ends up in a psychiatric clinic, on the streets or in prison. But what are the facts? What do we know about the actual impact of deployment now, and what can we expect in the future?
The award-winning Egyptologist tells a story of ancient gods, pharaohs, emperors, adventurers, archaeologists and historians whose fates were all entwined with the river. Chaired by Paul Greatbatch.
The event that changed all of their lives happened on a Saturday afternoon in June, just minutes after Michael Turner – thinking the Nelsons’ house was empty – stepped through their back door.
Moving from London and New York to the deserts of Nevada, Sheers’ new novel is a brilliant exploration of violence, guilt and attempted redemption, written with the pace and grip of a thriller. He takes the reader from close observation of the domestic sphere to some of the most important questions and dilemmas of the contemporary world.
Sheers is a poet and playwright whose latest works include the National Theatre of Wales’ Mametz, the award-winning poem Pink Mist and Calon.
The novelist talks about his writing and reading, and the translation of his books into film. The movie of On Chesil Beach is released on 18 May. Towards the end of this event McEwan will introduce the winner of the 2018 Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers’ Award, Deepa Anappara. Her winning entry is a work of fiction called Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line.