The editors and contributors present the best writing on the Arab revolutions from prominent journalists, activists, bloggers, academics and writers who participated in and bore witness to the ongoing uprisings and struggles.
Sally Gardner and Nick Lake have won major awards for fiction – the Costa and the Printz. They are joined by newcomer Alexia Casale to talk about themes in YA fiction and whether readers need happy endings.
Sally Gardner is a highly acclaimed writer of award winning fiction such as I, Coriander, The Red Necklace and most recently the Costa-winning Maggot Moon, currently shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.
Alexia Casale’s debut The Bone Dragon is a blend of psychological thriller and fairytale in which the boundaries between fact and fantasy are very fragile.
Nick Lake has just won the prestigious Printz award for In Darkness, also shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and has a highly acclaimed new novel out called Hostage Three.
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear three extremely talented writers answer questions about their work, and to ask some questions of your own.
The theatre and film director discusses his film versions of Shakespeare’s History plays, and their role both in Shakespeare’s canon and in our understanding of Britain’s identity.
Other events in the Shakespeare 450 series - 34, 55 and 235.
In The Serpent’s Promise: The Bible Retold As Science the geneticist explores the shared mysteries of religion and science, from the origins of life and humankind to sex, age, death and the end of the universe. He steps aside from the noisy debate between believers and unbelievers to show how the same questions preoccupy us today as in biblical times. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.
The £189m Library of Birmingham opens in September this year, and will be the largest public library in Europe. It will provide a showcase for the city’s internationally important collections of archives, photography and rare books, a gallery space, a new flexible studio theatre, an outdoor amphitheatre and two garden terraces. The Project Director, architect and the Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council will discuss bringing this ambitious project to fruition.
The master storyteller and creator of War Horse tells us how true stories and real life secrets inspire his fiction, including his latest novel A Medal for Leroy.
The author of The Compatibility Gene introduces the revolutionary new science of the immune system with its breakthrough medical cures. He discusses how stress, sleep and ageing affect our health. “As David Attenborough opens our goggling eyes to the natural world without, so Daniel Davis brings us face to face with the stunningly clever and, yes, beautiful world within” – Stephen Fry. Davis is Professor of Immunology at the University of Manchester.
Chaired by the Adam Rutherford, presenter of BBC Radio 4's Inside Science.
An introduction to the development and progress of nanotechnology, and a reasonable expectation of what it can do – from miniaturisation of mobile phone tech to the understanding and treatment of human diseases. Professor Welland is the director of Cambridge University’s Nanoscience Centre, and was Chief Scientific Advisor to the MoD.
The historian tells the story of the British forces as they invade Afghanistan in 1839 and re-establish Shah Shuia ul-Mulk on the throne. The British faced little opposition to the invasion but, two years later, the Afghans rose in answer to the call for jihad and ultimately consigned the British to their most humiliating military defeat of the C19th.
At the height of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Tony Curtis starred in Houdini and Spartacus, made comedy history with Jack Lemmon in the unforgettable Some Like It Hot, was friends with Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant and James Dean, and romanced screen sirens such as Marilyn Monroe, Janet Leigh and Natalie Wood.
Sparing no ego, Tony Curtis talks to Joan Bakewell about the characters he's played and known during his illustrious career, co-stars, wives, lovers and friends. The event launches the Hollywood legend's autobiography American Prince.
The history of Russia’s Secret Services from the Revolution to the Fall of the Wall: the Military Intelligence, the codes and ciphers and the KGB.