An all-star line-up of British poets respond with their own poems to their choice of Shakespeare’s 14-line poems. They introduce and read the original sonnets and their own newly commissioned work.
Nick Sharratt introduces his new illustrated story in which a cat and the King must find a new home after an unfortunate incident in which their castle is burnt down by a dragon. Nick will live-draw his new characters, talk about his picture books and discuss his life as an author and illustrator.
Told over the course of one school day in 1970s Washington DC, New Boy is Tracy Chevalier’s take on Othello. It is a powerful modern drama about fitting in, standing out and knowing which friends to trust, from one of our most successful novelists. Tracy will be in conversation with Claire Armitstead.
The history of architecture is a story of continual innovation, and yet at certain points within that story comes an architect whose vision completely defies convention. Hopkins focuses on 12 such figures from the history of British architecture, including Sir John Soane, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Cedric Price and Zaha Hadid. Their work is bold, frequently controversial, often radical; it is architecture that actively resists being pigeon-holed into a particular style or period.
Join three authors as they introduce their books, take children’s questions, and discuss with their young audience ways to make the world a better place. All create vivid, unforgettable stories that concern major issues and current events, in particular what it might mean to be a refugee. The event will be chaired by Nicky Parker of Amnesty International UK and the audience will be invited to draw or write a message of welcome on postcards that will be distributed to refugees or asylum seekers in the UK.
The great poet Pablo García Baena, winner of the Príncipe de Asturias Award for Literature, and member of the jury of the Loewe Foundation International Poetry Awards, and versatile poet and translator Clara Janes discuss their work.
In celebration of Little Tiger Press’ 30th birthday, illustrator and paper engineer Jonny Lambert demonstrates how he creates his amazing animals. Join his workshop as he talks about Tiger Tiger and the art of illustration and storytelling. Discover the art of creating a character with the Tiger Tiger mural and create a mini 3D tiger cut-out to take home.
The author takes listeners on a virtual trip into his writing space, revealing the research behind Saint Death. Think folk saints, migrants, gang warfare and human rights as he tells tales of the iconic Santa Muerte and reveals the shocking reality facing many communities living on the Mexican/US border. A fascinating and powerful talk from this prize-winning novelist.
The inspirational teacher, Phil Forder, brings the two writers in residence and the Director of HM Parc Prison, Bridgend to discuss the literary programme he’s pioneered and our sister Festival there that’s now in its ninth year. They discuss the impact of education and empathy, literacy and literature, and offer a vision of a successful reformation of prison experience. They talk to Peter Florence.
With a background in building relationships within conflicted communities, Eamon Rafter discusses his account of the forty-year history of the Glencree Reconciliation Centre in Co. Wicklow.
Step aside, Holmes and Watson – there’s a new crime-busting duo in town! There is a thief in Tuptown and Pigsticks is determined to solve the crime and catch the baddie. Armed with his magnifying glass and a monocle, and with his sharp-eyed sidekick Harold, Pigsticks dons his waterproofs and sets to work. But can he find the thief in time to stop the Butterfly Ball from being cancelled?
Alex will show you how to draw your very own Pigsticks and Harold cartoons in this interactive drawing workshop.
Responding to today’s international challenges in a rapidly evolving geopolitical environment is placing new strain on the UK’s place in the world. The historian and constitutional expert assesses the challenges the UK faces in the coming years, discussing the impact of withdrawal from the EU and turning into a ‘Global Britain’ may have on the our foreign policy, security and territorial integrity.
We’re delighted to celebrate two of the stars of our Africa 39 project. H J Golakai’s The Lazarus Effect sends a Cape Town journalist, Voinjama Johnson, on an investigation into missing children. In Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’s Season of Crimson Blossoms, an affair between 55-year-old widow Binta Zubairu and 25-year-old weed dealer Reza was bound to provoke condemnation in conservative northern Nigeria. This story of love and longing – set against undercurrents of political violence – unfurls gently, revealing layers of emotion that defy age, class and religion.