Politician, thinker and current Secretary of State for Culture, José María Lassalle focuses on the constant, tense, contradictory relationship between culture and politics. Author of essays including Liberales, Lassalle in his current post deals with challenges such as sponsorship, the expansion of the Spanish language and online creativity. What is the point of using the tools and our experience of the past when looking to the future in this context? Lassalle discusses this subject and other topics with journalist and writer Jesús Ruiz Mantilla.
The best-selling author describes the age-old cycle of a farming year and the constant challenges of life at Ravenseat, the remote Yorkshire hill farm she shares with husband Clive, nine children and 1,000 sheep. Chaired by Oliver Balch, author of Under the Tump.
In the summer of 1941, at the height of the war in the Western Desert, a bored and eccentric young officer, David Stirling, has a vision for a new kind of war: attacking the enemy where they least expect it – from behind their own lines. Despite the intense opposition of many in British High Command, Winston Churchill personally gives Stirling permission to recruit the toughest, brightest and most ruthless soldiers he can find. With unprecedented access to the SAS secret files, unseen footage and exclusive interviews with its founder members, the author of Operation Mincemeat, A Spy Amongst Friends and Agent Zigzag tells the remarkable early story of the Herefordshire Regiment.
The Booker-winner’s The Daughters Of Mars vividly experiences the Dardanelles and the Western Front in the First World War through the eyes of two Australian nurses.
The author of The Hare With The Amber Eyes sets out on a quest – a journey that begins in the dusty city of Jingdezhen in China and travels on to Venice, Versailles, Dublin, Dresden, the Appalachian Mountains of South Carolina and the hills of Cornwall to tell the history of porcelain. Along the way he meets the witnesses to its creation; those who were inspired, made rich or heartsick by it, and the many whose livelihoods, minds and bodies were broken by this obsession. It spans a thousand years and reaches into some of the most tragic moments of recent times.
Why are we celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death? Who and what are we celebrating? How did Shakespeare get from there (the Elizabethan and Jacobean stage) to here (the global icon) and where will he go in the next hundred years? The eminent Shakespeare scholar is the author of The Genius of Shakespeare and Soul of the Age: The Life, Mind and World of William Shakespeare. He is Professor of English at the University of Oxford. Chaired by Jerry Brotton.
The visionary probability guru and Black Swan author previews his study of How To Live In A World We Don’t Understand.
The entrepreneur examines the relationship between business, government and society. He discusses Britain in a post-Brexit world, Donald Trump’s America, and the ‘elephant in the boardroom’ – executive pay. Lord Jones was Director General of the CBI. In 2007 he was appointed Minister of State for UK Trade and Investment. He talks to Jesse Norman.
The naturalist explores some of the remotest places on earth, examining the islands’ biodiversity and the impact of human habitation on their wildlife and ecosystems.
The novelist, lawyer and founder of the Dublin branch of the European Centre for Latin delivers a lecture on the old copyright law of Saint Colmcille that still underscores today’s decisions. This lively, engaging and entertaining talk firmly ties in the first copyright ruling of Western Europe with Kells and Tara.
The romcom bestseller samples her novel The Loveliest Chocolate Shop In Paris and her contribution to the Dr Who 50th anniversary, Doctor Who – Dark Horizons.
The end of a dictatorship is always something to be celebrated, but how do you move from an authoritarian regime to a democratic society? Hani Shukrallah (Egypt), Tom Fletcher (UK) and Elham Saudi (Libya) discuss the ‘road to democracy’ with Samir Elbahaie (Egypt).
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