The challenges and opportunities facing our woods and forests are many and varied, from climate change to rewilding, from greenbelt development to urban woods. We have to focus on increasing tree plantings but cannot ignore the threats facing our ancient woodland. “Ten thousand oaks of 100 years old are not a substitute for one 500-year-old oak” – Oliver Rackham. Tree experts George Peterken and Archie Miles discuss the state of the woodland with Natalie Buttriss, Director of Woodland Trust Wales, and Woodland Trust Ambassador Sandi Toksvig.
Join bestselling Dame Jacqueline Wilson, who introduces her gloriously atmospheric new book and discusses how she created some of her best-loved characters including Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather. Please note that there will be no book signing after the talk, but printed bookplates with Jacqueline’s signature on will be available from the Bookshop.
Does having more women involved in climate change-related research make a difference to discussions? What kind of adaptations will be required as global warming increases and how do we bring a broad range of the public on board, particularly regarding the more complex issues surrounding climate change? A panel discussion with Morgan Seag, Co-chair of the international council of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists, anthropologist Ragnhild Freng Dale from the Scott Polar Institute, Chandrika Nath, Executive Director of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, and Professor Melody Clark from the British Antarctic Survey. CHaired by Rosie Boycott.
Why did landscape become a subject for art in the 18th century and not before? Where might we look for clues to an earlier ‘sense of place’? The Professor of English, author of Weatherland and Romantic Moderns, examines the history of English landscape painting and local writing from the particular perspective of going back to her childhood home in Sussex. She talks with Tim Dee, editor of a timely collection of the best British nature writing newly commissioned by one of the great authorities on the subject - Ground Work. The book explores a sense of place, and our obligations of custodianship in this land.
This series of books is based on the simple premise that there is nothing you can’t learn through the prism of football. Whether it’s how the geography of Brazil helps its players acquire the fanciest footwork in the land, or how the biology of digestion helps players plan their meals before a game, there’s so much to discover through the power of the beautiful game. Join the author, journalist and football consultant as he teaches you a lesson or two in this interactive and fact-packed event.
An utterly inspiring exploration of corporate management and leadership. The Veuve Cliquot Businesswoman of the Year runs video and tech company Unruly, where she ensures that the company delivers the most awesome social video campaigns on the planet; 91% of Ad Age 100 brands trust Unruly to connect with audiences at speed and scale. It has a presence across 20 different locations and employs 300 people. Wood is also an associate lecturer at the University of Cambridge, where she teaches a course in Mash-Ups, Memes and LOLitics: Online Video Culture and the Screen Media Revolution. She talks to Guto Harri, Communications Director of Liberty Global.
One of Spain’s most popular philosophers, the winner of the 2008 Planeta Prize and humanities and history professor Rolf Strom-Olsen talk to Csaba Mányai, curator of TEDxDanubia.
In collaboration with Instituto Cervantes, the Spanish Embassy in Hungary, Muszaki Konyv Kyado, Fundación Lara and IE Universit
"I've discovered that going for a daily walk has become as essential to me feeling good for the rest of the day as that first cup of tea. But I would argue that all I am doing is responding to a natural need we all have. Humans have always been migrants, the physiological urge to be nomadic is deep-rooted in all of us and perhaps because of that our brains are stimulated by walking. I solve all sorts of problems, formulate ideas, work things out to that gentle rhythm of self-propelled movement." Thinking on My Feet tells the story of Kate's walking year - shining a light on the benefits of this simple activity. As she explores the reasons why we walk, whether for creative energy, challenge and pleasure, or therapeutic benefits, Kate's reflections and insights will encourage, motivate and spur readers into action. Chaired by Horatio Clare.
Elmer the patchwork elephant loves making his friends laugh, but doesn’t like being different. After trying to hide his true colours, his friends help him discover that being himself is more fun than he could have imagined. Now, as everyone knows, elephants never forget – especially when it is a birthday. But sometimes humans do. So come and help Elmer’s storyteller friend plan a special birthday surprise for Elmer by stomping through an interactive storytime, trumpeting along with songs and coming up with ways to make Elmer feel extra special on his birthday.
A conversation about the most notorious spies of the Soviet era – until today, the most high-profile example of Moscow Station intervention in the UK. Phillips is the author of a new biography, A Spy Named Orphan: The Enigma of Donald Maclean. Christened ‘Orphan’ by his Russian recruiter, Maclean was the perfect spy and Britain’s most gifted traitor. But as he leaked huge amounts of top-secret intelligence, an international code-breaking operation was rapidly closing in on him. Moments before he was unmasked, Maclean vanished. Macintyre wrote A Spy Among Friends, a book about Kim Philby, probably the most notorious British defector and Soviet mole in history. Agent, double agent, traitor and enigma, he betrayed every secret of Allied operations to the Russians in the early years of the Cold War. His other spy books include Agent Zigzag, Operation Mincemeat and Double Cross.
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
Plop is a baby barn owl. He is the same as every baby barn owl that has ever been – except for one thing…he is afraid of the dark. Riverside Performing Arts, who brought you Elmer, presents Jill Tomlinson's classic tale, illustrated by Paul Howard. Filled with song, puppetry, dance and laughter, this touching story is beautifully adapted for the stage. The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark encourages children to be conquerors, is guaranteed to raise a smile, and will calm the biggest fears.
The walker discusses her mesmerising and inspirational memoir: just days after Raynor learns that Moth, her husband of thirty-two years, is terminally ill, their home is taken away and they lose their livelihood. With nothing left and little time, they make the brave and impulsive decision to walk the 630 miles of the sea-swept South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall. Carrying only the essentials for survival on their backs, they live wild in the ancient, weathered landscape of cliffs, sea and sky. Yet through every step, every encounter and every test along the way, their walk becomes a remarkable journey.