Join the stand-up comedian and presenter of BBC Radio 4's The Infinite Monkey Cage, and the author of The Many Worlds of Albie Bright, as they tackle questions of science and creativity, puzzling over mysteries such as black holes, the Big Bang and the nature of reality as explored in their books The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day and How to Build a Universe Part I.
Since the days of Adam Smith, economists have grappled with a series of familiar problems but often their ideas are hard to digest, even before we try to apply them to today’s issues. Yueh is renowned for her combination of erudition, as an accomplished economist herself, and accessibility, as a leading writer and broadcaster in this field. She explains the key thoughts of history’s greatest economists, how our lives have been influenced by their ideas and how they could help us with the policy challenges we face today.
A revelatory way of imagining the world. The revered International Relations guru and revolutionary cartographer updates his seminal 1970s work that graphically analyses every indicator and vital statistic of modern life, from wealth and power, war and peace through to rights, health and the environment. Chaired by Mark Ellingham.
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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Join the historian for the dramatic and captivating story of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon’s divorce, told through the eyes of their daughter, Lady Mary. Expect costumes, trivia and tips on how to get a princess out of jail.
An hour of the most important speeches and sonnets written by the greatest writer of all time.
Discover the good, the bad and intriguing world of online dating and rural matchmaking with Farmer Wants a Wife presenter Catherine Gee. Duncan Cunningham is founder of The Dating Lab, which has launched dozens of dating sites including Country Living Magazine’s own country-loving.co.uk. After seeing tens of thousands of dating profiles he knows the difference between eye-catching and off-putting. Country Living columnist and author Imogen Green, has written extensively about her personal experience of rural romance and will share her highlights and low points. Followed by a drinks reception to chat to the speakers and meet like-minded country singletons. Who knows where it might lead?
The geneticist decodes a four-billion-year journey of discovery to explain what life is, where it came from and in what form it first appeared. Now, our mastery of genetics allows us to create entirely new life-forms within the laboratory – goats that produce spider silk in their milk, bacteria that excrete diesel, cells that identify and destroy tumours.
The award-winning non-fiction writer Quarmby introduces her book No Place to Call Home – Inside the Real Lives of Gypsies & Travellers. Le Bas is editor of the national magazine and website for Gypsies, Roma and Travellers, Travellers’ Times, and author of All Change: Romani Studies through Romani Eyes. They talk to Guto Harri.
The relationship between screenplay writer, producer and director has been called ‘the creative triangle’. So how does power and creative control shift between members of this team? And how does this multiple authorship affect the auteur theory idea that the director is the creative author of the film? A panel discussion chaired by Darragh Byrne (Parked), with director Lenny Abrahamson (Adam and Paul, Garage, Frank), producer Ed Guiney of Element Pictures (The Guard, What Richard Did), and writer Malcolm Campbell (What Richard Did).
Eight years ago the creators of TV hits Shine On Harvey Moon and Birds Of A Feather had supper with Alan Ayckbourn at Kilvert’s Hotel after their festival sessions. He suggested they write for the theatre. They currently have two musicals running in the West End – Dreamboats And Petticoats and Save The Last Dance For Me – and an adaptation of their Goodnight Sweetheart on the way. They talk to Peter Florence.
We often joke that teenagers don’t have brains. For some reason, it’s socially acceptable to mock people in this stage of their lives. The need for intense friendships, the excessive risk taking and the development of many mental illnesses – depression, addiction, schizophrenia – begin during these formative years. Drawing upon cutting-edge research in her London laboratory, the neuroscientist explains what happens inside the adolescent brain, what her team’s experiments have revealed about our behaviour, and how we relate to each other and our environment as we go through this period of our lives. She shows that while adolescence is a period of vulnerability, it is also a time of enormous creativity – one that should be acknowledged, nurtured and celebrated. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.
The beloved, bestselling author’s new novel is illustrated with photographs that make this journey around Greece, already alive in the imagination, linger forever in the mind. Hislop’s other Greek novels include The Island and The Thread.