Celebrating our native apples and the variety of products derived from them, by growers who care about nature and the environment. Charles Martell is known for Stinking Bishop cheese and now distils vintage spirits on his Gloucestershire farm; Hilary Engel makes cider from apples pressed by a Gypsy cob in a 17th-century mill; and Julia Blackshaw makes mellifluous juices from her organic orchard. They talk to Kitty Corrigan.
Sue Black confronts death every day. As Professor of Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology, she focuses on mortal remains in her lab, at burial sites, at scenes of violence, murder and criminal dismemberment, and when investigating mass fatalities due to war, accident or natural disaster. She reveals the many faces of death she has come to know, using key cases to explore how forensic science has developed, and what her work has taught her. There is tragedy, but there is also humour in stories as gripping as the best crime novel. Our own death will remain a great unknown. But as an expert witness from the final frontier, Sue Black is the wisest, most reassuring, most compelling of guides. Chaired by Hannah MacInnes.
Whitney Brown was midway through her Masters thesis and on track for an exciting position at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington when a chance meeting with a Welsh dry-stone waller at a folklife festival changed the course of her life. Within weeks Whitney had left behind her secure world in the States and was living with him in rural Wales, learning the craft of dry-stone walling. She fell irretrievably in love with Wales and for what she found there – for stone, for the act of physical creation and accompanying physical exhaustion, for life in the countryside and days spent working in the sanctuary of a lonely hillside to repair structures older than the country of her birth, for windswept valleys and low hanging clouds and chilly nights by the wood stove and, much to her dismay, for a man 33 years her senior. She had no choice but to trust these things and see where they might lead her. It was, after all, the first time in her life she'd ever truly felt at peace.
To recreate the past as a living, breathing place, the historical novelist has visited churches, archives, museums and art galleries all over Italy. In this lecture, she tells the story of her discoveries; how the decoding of old paintings alongside the work of the most modern historians helped her to penetrate hidden worlds inside the Renaissance, finding wonder and drama in ordinary lives and exploring the complexities of politics and religion along with emotion, the senses and the heady appetites of body and soul. Dunant’s novels include the acclaimed trilogy The Birth of Venus, In the Company of the Courtesan and Sacred Hearts, her two novels about the Borgias, Blood and Beauty and her latest In the Name of the Family.
To live in 19th century Britain was to experience an astonishing series of changes, of a kind for which there was simply no precedent in human experience. There were revolutions in transport, communication, work; cities grew vast; scientific ideas made the intellectual landscape unrecognisable. This was an exhilarating time, but also a horrifying one. In this lecture David Cannadine discusses his dazzling new book offering a bold, fascinating new interpretation of the British 19th century in all its energy and dynamism, darkness and vice. Professor Sir David Cannadine is President of the British Academy, Dodge Professor of History at Princeton University and visiting Professor at the University of Oxford. His books include Margaret Thatcher: A Life and Legacy and The Undivided Past. Chaired by Tom Clark of Prospect magazine.
A legendary singer, folklorist and music historian, Shirley Collins has been an integral figure in the English folk music scene for more than 60 years. In her autobiography, All in the Downs, Collins tells the story of that lifelong relationship with English folksong – a dedication to artistic integrity that has guided her through the triumphs and tragedies of her life.
Can art and business coexist, or does a drive for profit lead to the end of creative integrity? From art to literature, fashion to ceramics, four creative pioneers discuss the tensions between art and the corporate world with former Minister for Culture, Ed Vaizey, jewellery designer Theo Fennell, economist Linda Yueh, Jo Jo Maman Bebe founder Laura Tenison and curator at The Wedgwood Museum Gaye Blake-Roberts.
Fascinated by the wonders of the night sky? Join the Space scientist and BBC 4’s The Sky at Night presenter as she speaks about her passion for the stars. Take a journey through the constellations and find out how to begin stargazing with her new book. A must for budding astronomers.
The novelist presents an evening of ancient and modern stories to meet the chill of a winter’s night. Winterson’s most recent novel was The Gap of Time, a reimagining of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. Her new festive book is Christmas Days, 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days from which she will be reading.
A conversation with the legendary American investigative journalist who broke the Watergate scandal in The Washington Post, co-author of All The President’s Men and biographer of Hillary Rodham Clinton. Chaired by Edit Inotai.
In collaboration with the US Embassy in Hungary, American Corner of Corvinus University and Alexandra Publishing House
Global meat consumption is on an unhealthy trajectory. Short of cutting meat out of our diet entirely, from mega-farms to self-sufficiency, chicken sheds to free-range and organic, we discuss the options available and their pros and cons. And then of course there are the edible insects…The BBC Food Programme presenter Dan Saladino talks with Louise Gray, author of The Ethical Carnivore, Joanna Blythman from the Sustainable Food Trust and author of Swallow This and farmer Peter Greig, former Food Producer of the Year in Radio 4's Food and Farming Awards.
GDP is up – but whose GDP? (And what is it anyway?) There’s endless free stuff online but is it making anyone any happier? Are the cat videos on the internet distracting us from the prospect of jobs becoming automated and climate change ravaging food supplies? Behind this lies the challenge of how to measure economic progress. How can we tell if our society is becoming more prosperous or not? Coyle is Bennett Professor of Public Policy.