The super-verbal and brilliantly inventive journalist and author discusses his Booker-shortlisted novel Umbrella, films of his work and the possibilities of digital form.
In October 2011 James Cracknell, two-time Olympic gold-medal rower and one of the greatest endurance athletes the world has ever known, suffered a seizure at home as his young son looked on in horror. A man who had known no limits, a man who had practically achieved the impossible, was now struggling to master life’s simple challenges.
A year earlier, as James undertook yet another endurance challenge in Arizona, he was knocked off his bike by the wing mirror of a petrol tanker. It had smashed into the back of his head at high speed, causing severe frontal lobe damage. The doctors weren’t sure if he would recover and, if he did, whether he would ever be the same again.
Touching Distance is an extraordinary, honest and powerful account as James and his wife Bev confront for the first time the lasting effects that the accident has had on their lives. It is the story of a marriage, of a family and of one man’s fight back to be the best husband and father he can be.
The Next Big Things
From solar science to fungi sensing, four Royal Society Research Fellows discuss their research in cutting edge science. Chaired by Lucy Carpenter.* To book student tickets please call the Box Office on 01497 822 629.
Alzheimer’s and Other Plagues
Plagues have changed history, stopped armies in their tracks and altered the fate of nations. Mary and Christopher Dobson outline the impact of plagues on human history and reflect on related challenges that will be faced by future generations. Their talk ranges from the plagues of antiquity and the medieval period to the recent pandemic of HIV/AIDS and includes discussion of the increasingly prevalent afflictions of ageing and affluent societies, including dementia and diabetes.
La pasión futbolística se puede vivir lejos del campo de juego, entre las páginas de un libro. Así lo demuestran dos autores que han dedicado obras a este popular deporte: John Carlin es autor de libros como Los ángeles blancos, Rafa: Mi historia y La tribu, donde recopila
sus columnas semanales El corner inglés publicadas en el diario El País; Juan Villoro, ha publicado recientemente Balón dividido, una divertida guía en la que habla de destacadas figuras del balompié actual y la conexión de este deporte con la literatura, la historia y la psicología.
One in eight people in the world still go to bed hungry despite our planet providing enough food for everyone. With the UK hosting the G8 Summit in June, what will they deliver to tackle this scandal? Resurgence & Ecologist editor, Satish Kumar; author and journalist Roger Thurow; Concern Universal's Esther Mweso; and Oxfam’s Head of UK Campaigns (and chair of IF’s Organising Committee) Sally Copley suggest ways forward.
The internationally renowned and ‘exhilaratingly dangerous’ poet teams up with her singer-songwriter daughter Fflur Dafydd in a memorable evening of poetry and song to celebrate her new bilingual collection.
The BBC star political editor and author of Live From Downing Street focuses on Churchill, Thatcher and Blair in his examination of the fraught relationship between the media and the politicians. Neither feral nor beastly, but a subtle historian and a killer mimic. Chaired by Peter Florence.
The actor discusses the influences that have shaped his craft from sitcom to Broadway, from Citizen Smith to My Family to Me And My Girl, and from Alan Bleasdale’s GHB to Shakespeare’s Richard III.
The TLS history editor chairs this elite unit of award-winning war reporters and authors of new books – Zero Six Bravo, Maverick One and Under The Wire. In an age of mobile-phone footage, embedded journalists and instant disinformations, the values of deep research, personal experience and intelligent analysis are more essential than ever to lend authority and understanding to writing about war.