Morris’ intimate journals unconsciously explore questions of travel, noting his reaction to the idea of leaving or arriving, to hurry and delay, what it means to dread a place you’ve never been to or to encounter the actuality of a long-held vision. Poet Lavinia Greenlaw draws out these questions as she follows in the footprints of Morris’ prose, responding to its surfaces and undercurrents, extending its horizons. The result is a new and composite work, which brilliantly explores our conflicted reasons for not staying at home. Chaired by William Sieghart.
Can we look beyond party politics to improve literacy and enhance the lives of generations? Join Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust, for a lively conversation about literacy in Wales and England in the light of new research results.
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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.
Whether the issue is violence, terrorism, women’s rights or slavery, Muslims are today expected to provide answers and to justify what Islam is – or is not. Here’s an introduction to the basics from the Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at St Antony’s College, Oxford. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.
How do we make better use of finance and money, turning it into a force for societal and environmental good? Renegade economist Kate Raworth, responsible investment and business expert David Pitt-Watson, and CEO of Good Energy, Juliet Davenport discuss possible futures for pension funds, stock markets, bitcoin and cash.
The Gallagher’s Boxty House chef looks at the introduction and assimilation of the potato into Irish culture and cuisine, from its late 16th-century arrival to its role in NASA’s exploration of Mars. He talks to Kevin Sheridan of Sheridan’s Cheesemongers.
The author of Vermeer’s Hat discusses his picaresque adventure to decode an ancient map: a journey through Chinese science and folklore, the globalized spice trade, the tides of international exchange, and the disputes of the South China Sea.
Baroness Helena Kennedy is a British barrister, broadcaster and Labour Member of the House of Lords. She was an avant-garde voice in the seventies and eighties, writing and broadcasting on the discrimination experienced by women in Law. She was also a founding member of Charter 88, a constitutional reform group set up in 1988 in response to growing concerns about outdated British institutions. Her skills as a lawyer and social reformer have taken her into many different fields of activity, making her especially committed to the arts. She will speak with Hani Shukrallah, journalist and author of Egypt, The Arabs And The World: Reflections At The Turn Of The 21st Century.
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A conversation about Shakespeare’s greatest plays and roles, his fondness for prime numbers and his stagecraft. The UCL English Prof is joined by the first woman to write a play for the main stage of Shakespeare’s Globe, the Oxford Maths professor and the Booker-winning novelist and poet.
How does the green movement best respond to the collapse of the liberal consensus and the defunding of the American EPA? Is it a useful slap in the face to a movement that may have become a little too comfortably ensconced in the mainstream? Veteran environmentalist Jonathan Porritt joins Claire Fox from the Institute of Ideas and sustainability expert Ed Gillespie to talk with Forum for the Future’s Martin Wright.
In a digital society we will neither need nor want doctors, teachers, accountants, architects, the clergy, consultants, lawyers, and many others, to work as they did in the C20th. The Oxford thinkers explain how “increasingly capable systems’, from tele-presence to artificial intelligence will bring fundamental change in the way that the practical expertise of specialists is made available in society. The authors argue that our current professions are antiquated, opaque and no longer affordable, and that the expertise of the best is enjoyed only by a few. In their place, they propose six new models for producing and distributing expertise in society. Chaired by Bronwen Maddox.
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The Professor of Management Studies at the SaïdBusinessSchool at the University of Oxford offers a lucid and revelatory analysis of Why The Corporation Is Failing Us And How To Restore Trust In It.
Waste to Wealth proves that ‘green’ and ‘growth’ need not be contradictions and shows a new way for companies to compete with new markets, products and services that drive sustainable outcomes. The Global Managing Director of Strategy & Sustainability at Accenture examines five new business models that decouple harmful use or use of scarce natural resources from growth - looking at the latest innovation & technology disruption in areas like circular supply chains, recovery and recycling, product life extension, sharing economy and moving from products to services - before setting out what business leaders need to do to implement the models successfully. Already an Amazon best-seller & published in English, Mandarin, German, French, Italian & Korean in its first six months, the book includes more than 120 practical case studies anyone can learn from and apply, which Peter will share & debate.
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.
Taylor presents the newest research into the cause and cure of the life-changing neurodegenerative diseases, Alzheimer’s and dementia. She focuses on insights arising from the relatively new field of neuro-immunology: the increasing recognition of the important role of the immune system in the brain. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.
The dearly treasured Booker Prize-winning novelist, screenwriter and dramatist discusses his work. His books include The Barrytown Trilogy, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, Oh Play That Thing, The Woman Who Walked Into Doors and Two Pints. He also co-wrote Roy Keane’s memoir The Second Half. His stage adaptation of The Commitments is now running on the West End in London. In the television series Father Ted, the character Father Dougal Maguire’s unusual sudden use of (mild) profanities is blamed on his having 'been reading those Roddy Doyle books again.' Roddy talks to Sean Rocks, presenter of Arena on RTÉ Radio 1.