Relationships between state and society have undergone a significant shift over the last decade. On both sides promises have been made and broken, expectations raised and shattered, partnerships brokered and roles reversed. Moreover, the influence of non-state actors has become impossible to discount. Professor Moore will talk about changes in ‘politics from below’ and ask whether there is something genuinely new in kind about the way in which civil society is now operating. She is joined by video link by the co-founder of the global protest movement AVAAZ.
The Newsnight presenter takes us behind the camera and onto the newsroom floor: “The things that are said on camera are only part of the story. Behind every interview there is a backstory. How it came about. How it ended. The compromises that were made. The regrets, the rows, the deeply inappropriate comedy. Making news is an essential but imperfect art. It rarely goes according to plan.
I never expected to find myself wandering around the Maharani of Jaipur’s bedroom with Bill Clinton or invited to the Miss USA beauty pageant by its owner, Donald Trump. I never expected to be thrown into a provincial Cuban jail, or to be drinking red wine at Steve Bannon’s kitchen table or spend three hours in a lift with Alan Partridge. I certainly didn’t expect the Dalai Lama to tell me the story of his most memorable poo.
The beauty of television is its ability to simplify. That’s also its weakness: it can distil everything down to one snapshot, one sound bite. Then the news cycle moves on.”
University of Worcester Series
The hyper-accelerated culture of the C21st presents many challenges for our mental and physical wellbeing. The consultant clinical psychologist explores positive strategies for handling life’s challenges, from taking care of your physical health to building strong relationships with those around you and developing coping strategies for negative moments.
O’Connor’s The Thrill Of It All charts twenty-five years of friendship and music for the members of the band The Ships in the Night. Shipstead’s Astonish Me is the story of Joan, a young American dancer who helps a Soviet ballet star to defect in 1975. It’s a fiercely compelling glimpse into the demanding world of professional ballet and its magnetic hold over two generations. They read and talk to the actress and writer Lisa Dwan.
The author of The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas and The Absolutist introduces his new novel. Eliza Caine arrives in Norfolk to take up her position as governess at Gaudlin Hall on a dark and chilling night… He talks to Sean Rocks, presenter of Arena on RTÉ Radio 1.
The comedian and bestselling author gives an hilarious account of his move from London life to deepest Devon. Hawks is a townie but, as we know from his entertaining exploits hitchhiking around Ireland with a fridge and taking on the Moldovan football team one by one at tennis, he is up for a challenge. He takes part in a calamitous tractor run, chairs a village meeting, and finds time for one last adventure as fatherdom beckons – cycling coast to coast with a mini pig called Titch.
Spowers is the Chief Engineer and Founder of Riversimple, whose goal is simple – to pursue, systematically, the elimination of the environmental impact of personal transport. Spowers, Clancy and their team have created Rasa, a super-efficient, hydrogen-powered car. They are joined by Will Vaughan, CEO of Hereford Pedicabs and Cargo, who provide financially and environmentally sustainable services by bike – including parcel delivery, trade waste recycling, inner city advertising and pedicab hire.
With old British political alignments shifting, sharp divisions within government and at least as much in the official opposition, is a very different, new, progressive alliance the way ahead? Contributors to the book ‘The Alternative,’ debate including Amelia Womack, Deputy Leader of the Green Party, Zoe Williams, Guardian columnist, David Boyle, author of How to be English, and Andrew Simms of the New Weather Institute.
The co-director of the Serpentine Gallery is one of the art world’s most colourful characters, with an encyclopedic knowledge of art practice and history. He offers a riveting and inspiring understanding of the role of the curator in shaping culture. He talks to Hannah Rothschild.
The visionary probability guru and Black Swan author previews his study of How To Live In A World We Don’t Understand.
The author of the inspired tragi-comic novel Skippy Dies (long-listed for the 2010 Man Booker Prize) reads from that book and from his soon-to-be-published The Mark and the Void. He talks to Sinead Gleeson, presenter of The Book Show on RTÉ Radio 1.
Three young female scientists who are recipients of the University of Cambridge’s most prestigious scholarship, the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, talk about their research. Julia Fan Li is director of the Global Health Investment Fund, which funds research and development for some of the most pressing global health challenges; Divya Venkatesh researches African sleeping sickness and does cross-disciplinary work in biotechnology; Alexandra Grigore works on an innovative fingerprint identity system for accessing medical records in developing countries.
Sara Fanelli divides her time between self-generated projects and commercial illustration commissions from clients including the New Yorker, Tate Modern and the Victoria & Albert Museum. She has written and illustrated a number of highly original and acclaimed children’s books, including The Onion’s Great Escape and has twice been the winner of the Victoria & Albert Museum’s illustration award. Lauren Child is one of the most remarkable and original children’s book author/illustrators working today. Creator of Charlie and Lola, Clarice Bean and most recently her new Ruby Redfort series, she has won numerous awards including the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal and the Smarties Gold Award. Her books have been a huge success around the world. Join Sara and Lauren for a thought-provoking, informative and engaging conversation about words and pictures. Chaired by Alison Gwynn.
Elvis & Kresse was founded after co-owner Kresse Wesling fell in love with a fire hose. When she found out that the London Fire Brigade threw tons of damaged fire hoses into landfill, she knew there must be a use for them. From bags and belts, purses to phone covers, the business now creates lifestyle accessories by re-engineering seemingly useless waste. It has seen phenomenal growth, saving tonnes of waste from landfill and opening outlets in ten countries.