Big Data knows where you’ve been and who your friends are. It knows what you like and what makes you angry. It can predict what you’ll buy, where you’ll be the victim of crime and when you’ll have a heart attack. Big Data knows you better than you know yourself, or so it claims. But how well do you know Big Data? Now, thanks to comedian and broadcaster Timandra Harkness, you can grasp the whole subject in an hour, complete with bad puns, audience participation and an electric shock machine.
On the final day of his crowd-funding campaign for his new book Bill’s Kitchen, food writer and restaurateur Bill Sewell discusses his journey from concerned London vegetarian to enthusiastic rural omnivore. His trademarks are strong flavours, simple techniques and a passion for the pleasure of cooking as well as eating. They talk about eating well but not cleanly; and the ways in which social media can either kill or build a sense of community around food, cooking and eating.
In July 1961, just before David Aaronovitch’s seventh birthday, Yuri Gagarin came to London. The Russian cosmonaut was everything the Aaronovitch family wished for - a popular and handsome embodiment of modern communism. But who were they, these ever hopeful, defiant and (had they but known it) historically doomed people? Like a non-magical version of the wizards of J K Rowling’s world, they lived secretly with and parallel to the non-communist majority, sometimes persecuted, sometimes ignored, but carrying on their own ways and traditions. Aaronovitch revisited his own memories of belief and action. He found himself studying the old secret service files, uncovering the unspoken shame and fears that provided the unconscious background to his own existence as a party animal.
Philip Barrett is an illustrator, designer and comic artist originally from Co. Donegal. Find Larry the Leprechaun in this illustration workshop, based on his book Where’s Larry?
Bedtime goodnights to their toy rockets and the planet turn into a magical adventure for two Space-mad boys once they’re asleep. Join the author/illustrator as she takes them on their journey, and make your own planets to take home.
Betts and his co-author Paul Collier suggest how international policymakers can deliver humane, sustainable results that are better for refugees and host countries. Drawing upon years of research in the field and original solutions that have already been successfully trialled, they outline a compelling vision that can empower refugees to help themselves, contribute to their host societies and even rebuild their countries of origin. Betts is Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs at the University of Oxford, where he is also Director of the Refugee Studies Centre.
The 94-year-old author's creation celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year. The writer discusses its enduring appeal and her long career as a writer and illustrator with the broadcaster, musician and novelist.
The actress and winner of Celebrity MasterChef in 2014 discusses her first book for children. A wonderfully inventive story of a boy who finds he can talk to animals, Zoo Boy takes a fresh and funny look at animals and how we treat them.
From Henry III’s elephant at the Tower to George IV’s love affair with Britain’s first giraffe and Lady Castlereagh’s recalcitrant ostriches, Grigson’s tour through the centuries amounts to an impressively detailed history of exotic animals in Britain. On the way we encounter a host of fascinating and outlandish creatures, including the first peacocks and popinjays, Thomas More’s monkey and Lord Clive’s zebra, which refused to mate with a donkey until it was painted with stripes. It is also the story of all those who came into contact with them: the people who owned them, the merchants who bought and sold them, the seamen who carried them to our shores, the naturalists who wrote about them, the artists who painted them, the itinerant showmen who worked with them, and the collectors who collected them. Grigson is now an honorary professor at the UCL Institute of Archaeology. Chaired by John Mitchinson.
Docx’s new novel, Let go my Hand, is a darkly comic and deeply moving 21st century love story between a son, his brothers and their father. Hamer’s follow-up to The Girl in the Red Coat is The Doll Funeral. Her central character is Ruby: “I’m a hunter for lost souls and I’m going to be with my real family”. They talk to Georgina Godwin.
Junk won the prestigious Carnegie Medal and Guardian Children’s Book Prize in 1996. It was criticised for depicting young drug-users. Twenty years on, author Melvin Burgess discusses the book and the controversy that has surrounded it with Julia Eccleshare.
Come and draw with CORPSE TALK’S Adam Murphy. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a first time comic reader, Adam will help you dig up the best tips and tricks to help you put pencil to paper and create some AWESOME characters! Bring your imagination and prepare to be amazed!
PLUS join other Phoenix creators (some of the UK’s best comic artists) as they show how to construct a brilliant comic from even the craziest ideas – they’ll take you through some top character creation tips and send you away with your very own brilliant comic!
A new future beckons for the British countryside, with the spotlight on achieving a ‘Green Brexit’ threatening to steal the limelight over food production in the UK. As we adjust to life outside the European Union, will we need to increase imports of groceries? Will we need to implement regulation-lite policies, while delivering a smarter way to feed ourselves and look after the environment? Minette Batters, elected in 2018, is the first female NFU President in its 110-year history. She talks to rural commentator Rob Yorke.
For Adam Phillips - as for Freud and many of his followers - poetry and poets have always held an essential place, as both precursors and unofficial collaborators in the psychoanalytic project. But the same has never held true in reverse. What, Phillips wonders, at the start of this deeply engaging book, has psychoanalysis meant for writers? Phillips explores these questions through an exhilarating series of encounters with writers he has loved, from Byron and Barthes to Shakespeare and Sebald. And in the process he demonstrates how literature and psychoanalysis can speak to and of each other.
Join the Maisy Mouse creator Lucy Cousins and storyteller Liz Fost for an event of feathered fun as they bring A Busy Day for Birds to life in a storytelling and live illustration event.
The Welsh poet (Skirrid Hill, Pink Mist) and author discusses his work in theatre (The Two Worlds of Charlie F.), fiction and film (Resistance) that develops his concern for the impacts of war and our relationships with place and landscape.
Supported by Arts Council of Wales
Simultaneous translation from English into Hungarian