Through the 25 stories in Graham Swift's most recent anthology, we are steered effortlessly from the Civil War to the present day, from world-shaking events to the secret dramas lived out in rooms, workplaces, homes. With his remarkable sense of place, he charts an intimate human geography and, in doing so, he moves us profoundly, but with a constant eye for comedy. Graham will read from the collection and discuss his work with Peter Florence.
Watch and join the illustrator on an adventure through some of the world’s iconic cities – London, Paris and New York. Learn how to draw wonderful cityscapes and characters and create your own pictures.
Boyne’s new novel spans 80 years of Irish history. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, Cyril Avery will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from – and over his three score years and ten, will struggle to discover an identity, a home and a country. Boyne is the author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Absolutist. He talks to Peter Florence.
The lecturer in modern Indian history and global political thought explores the origins of modern anti-terror legislation in India’s struggle for independence and the reverberations today.
Herman the bear embarks on an epic journey to deliver a very special letter and ensure that his friendship with Henry the raccoon really is forever. Tom talks about Herman’s adventure in a creative event: prepare to get crafty and remember to bring your imagination!
The global strategist and author travels from Ukraine to Iran, Mongolia to North Korea, London to Dubai and the Arctic Circle to the South China Sea – all to show how C21st conflict is a tug-of-war over pipelines and internet cables, advanced technologies and market access. Yet Connectography offers a hopeful vision of the future. Khanna argues that new energy discoveries and innovations have eliminated the need for resource wars; that global financial assets are being deployed to build productive infrastructure that can reduce inequality; and that frail regions such as Africa and the Middle East are unscrambling their fraught colonial borders through ambitious new transportation corridors and power grids.
As Wales marks the centenary of the end of the Great War, author of the Oscar-nominated film Hedd Wyn, and a number of volumes on the Welsh literature of the Great War, Professor Alan Llwyd of Academi Hywel Teifi and Dr Aled Eirug, Morgan Academy, author of two forthcoming publications on the opposition to the War in Wales, will discuss the Welsh response to the call to arms and the effect of the War on the calls for peace. The discussion will be chaired by one of Wales’ leading poets, broadcaster and leading member of Cymdeithas y Cymod (Welsh Fellowship of Reconciliation) Professor Mererid Hopwood, who is also a member of the campaign for the establishment of a Wales Peace Academy.
An actress, author, producer and working peer, Benjamin is best known for her work presenting children’s TV programmes such as Play School. Join her for a truly inspiring event as she talks about her childhood memoir and the journey she made as a youngster from Trinidad to embark on a very different life with her family in England in 1960. She shows how having the courage to believe in yourself can help you tackle new challenges and overcome adversity.
2017 marks 100 years since the Third Battle of Ypres, also known as Passchendaele. One of those who fell in battle was Ellis Humphrey Evans, the poet from Meirionnydd whose Bardic name was Hedd Wyn. He died before being announced winner of the Chair at the National Eisteddfod in Birkenhead. The empty chair was draped in black, and Hedd Wyn is still remembered throughout Wales, as he is in Flanders, as a potent symbol of bloodshed and loss. Ifor ap Glyn will talk about the life, work and remarkable legacy of Hedd Wyn.
Elephants are ecosystem shapers. By knocking down trees and opening up bushy areas, they can increase the amount of grass available to other herbivores in the system. They move across vast distances, using distinct pathways that also offer easy travel routes to other species. Elephants can act as seed dispersers, facilitating the growth of many woody species by depositing seeds in their faeces. In this illustrated introduction, the zoologist and founder of the Botswana conservation project Elephants for Africa explores the conservation and study of elephants in their natural eco-systems.
Pussy is the story of Prince Fracassus, heir presumptive to the Duchy of Origen, famed for its golden-gated skyscrapers and casinos, who passes his boyhood watching reality shows on TV, imagining himself to be the Roman Emperor Nero, and fantasising about hookers. He is idle, boastful, thin-skinned and egotistic; has no manners, no curiosity, no knowledge, no idea and no words in which to express them. Could he, in that case, be the very leader to make the country great again? Jacobson has won the Wodehouse Prize twice and the Man Booker once.
The Industrial Revolution brings to mind famous male inventors and industrialists. Spanning the globe and drawing on thousands of years of history, Bateman weaves rigorous analysis with autobiographical insights to tell a bold, ambitious story about how the status and freedom of women – particularly freedom over their bodies – is central to our prosperity and economic wellbeing. Genuine female empowerment requires us not only to recognise the liberating potential of the market and the importance of smart government policies, but also to challenge the double standard of many modern feminists when they celebrate the brain while denigrating the body. Chaired by Jane Garvey of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.
The writer Daniela Krien, presents her first novel Someday We’ll Tell Each Other Everything (Algún día nos lo contaremos todo, Salmandra), a special love store, awarded with one of the most prestigious prizes in Germany, the ‘Junger Literaturpreis’. The novel was also a finalist in ‘Leserpreis’, awarded by German readers. She speaks with Marta del Riego, author of Sendero de frío y amor, and features editor of VANITY FAIR.
Simultaneous translation from German into Spanish.
Co-organized with the Goethe-Institute Madrid, in collaboration with Vanity Fair
With He’s Back, Timur Vermeshas revolutionized the German publishing scene. He has sold close to a million copies of this satire in which he presents an idea of what might happen if Hitler woke up in 2011 and returned to politics. He speaks with Patricio Pron, journalist and author of La vida interior de las plantas de interior.
Simultaneous translation from German into Spanish.
With the collaboration of Fundación del Banco Sabadell and Fundación Lara.
Death affects us all. Yet it is still the last taboo in our society and grief is still profoundly misunderstood. Two writers, whose outstanding books offer compassion and solace, discuss ways to live on. Samuel is a grief psychotherapist and author of Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death and Surviving. Rentzenbrink is the author of The Last Act of Love and now A Manual for Heartache.
In an intimate portrait of a single countryside community, the historian traces in vivid detail the lives of the twenty-two men and one woman from the Dartmoor village of Lydford who made the supreme sacrifice fighting for Britain in the two World Wars, the Falklands and Iraq.
Join a thrilling journey through time and imagination as Reeve talks about the inspiration for Black Light Express, a sequel to Railhead which continues the adventures of interplanetary thief Zen and the android Nova, in a future where intelligent trains can carry you between far-flung planets in the blink of an eye.