On Easter Sunday, 23 April 1916, the Irish Republican Brotherhood’s military council put their names to the Proclamation of the Irish Republic, declaring they were the provisional government of an Ireland free from British rule. In effect, each man had knowingly signed his own death warrant. Since then, the seven have been eulogised and used as political weapons by many. To challenge the morality of the Rising was to be denounced as unpatriotic, even un-Irish. One hundred years on, however, there is an increasing recognition within Ireland that it’s time for the founding fathers to come under proper scrutiny.
Radiocarbon dating recently identified a manuscript in the University of Birmingham’s Cadbury Research Library as possibly the world's oldest fragment of the Qur’an, showing it to be at least 1,370 years old and attracting unprecedented international interest. Similarly, the earliest Latin commentary on the Gospels was rediscovered in a manuscript in Cologne Cathedral Library after being lost for 1,500 years and published for the first time last year with an English translation. How are such texts identified, authenticated and catalogued? What measures are taken to preserve them and make them available for scholarly research and public interest? What are the cutting edge technologies being used to analyse, protect and recover key historical documents?
Sarah Kilroy is Head of Conservation and Programming and Hugh Houghton is Director of Research at the Department of Theology and Religion and leads Birmingham's Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing.
The top YA author is widely recognised for her skill in writing powerful stories that include some of the most difficult issues facing YA readers today. Clean is a gripping and moving story that realistically tackles a broad range of issues including drug addiction, gender identity and mental health. In conversation with Amy Forbes-Robertson.
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
A multimedia event which presents Segovia as a land of words and a land of innovation until it reaches society 3.0. An unknown and daring experience, like experiencing ¨a drinkable book¨. Thus, a tasting of literature, knowledge and flavours. Presented by the President of the Diputación Provincial de Segovia, Francisco Vázquez; the Deputy Delegate of Culture, Tourism and International Affairs, José Carlos Monsalves, and José María San Segundo.
Produced by Diputación Provincial de Segovia.
Radical Help: How we can Remake the Relationships Between us and Revolutionise the Welfare State
The Welfare State was revolutionary: it lifted thousands out of poverty, provided decent homes, good education and security. But it is out of kilter now: an elaborate and expensive system of managing needs and risks. Today we face new challenges. Our resources have changed. How should we live: how should we care for one another; grow our capabilities to work, to learn, to love and fully realise our potential? Cottam is a social entrepreneur and the founder of Participle. Prior to that she worked as an urban poverty specialist at the World Bank. Chaired by Justin Albert, Director of National Trust Wales. The lecture is given in the name of the great social reformer and founder of the National Trust.
While the land is familiar, even reassuring, the sea is unknown and threatening. Why, then, did humans become seafarers? Part of the answer is that we are conditioned by our genetics to be acquisitive animals: we like to acquire rare materials and we are eager for esoteric knowledge, and society rewards us well for both. And our innate inquisitiveness drives us to explore. The pre-eminent archaeologist looks at the development of seafaring on the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, two contrasting seas, the Mediterranean without a significant tide, enclosed and soon to become familiar, the Atlantic with its frightening tidal ranges, an ocean without end. Chaired by Gabrielle Walker.
An all-star panel gather to talk about birth rights, inequality, working motherhood, (lack of) diversity in (social) media, body image and post-natal depression, physical extremity and joy. Brathwaite is the co-founder of Make Motherhood Diverse, Schiller is director of Birthrights, the human rights in childbirth charity, Telford is creator of the parenting site Mother of all Lists, Thorn is a Scummy Mummy and Burton-Hill is a broadcaster and writer.
The winner of The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize speaks about his journey from an abusive children’s home to his time in Brixton in the late 1970s and early ’80s, when he penned poems and lyrics under the name ‘The Brixton Bard’. Learn about the personal experiences that inform his work now, and hear him read from his new novel for young adults.