A life of Matilda – empress, skilled military leader and one of the greatest figures of the English Middle Ages. Matilda was a daughter, wife and mother. But she was also empress, heir to the English crown and the first woman ever to hold the position; and she was an extremely able military general. Hanley’s new biography explores Matilda’s achievements as military and political leader, and sets her 12th-century life and career in full context. Chaired by Sameer Rahim of Prospect.
A conversation and reading with three of the most extraordinary young talents in international fiction. Dehnel’s Lala is a lyrical and moving Polish family saga set against the turbulent backdrop of 20th century Europe. Lala is an independent woman who has survived some of the most turbulent events of her times. As she senses the first signs of dementia, she battles to keep her memories alive through her stories, telling her grandson tales of a life filled with love, betrayal and extraordinary acts of courage. Kitson's debut Sal is a disturbing, uplifting story of survival, of the kindness of strangers, and the irrepressible power of sisterly love; a love that can lead us to do extraordinary and unimaginable things. Set in Singapore, and spanning 50 years, Teo’s Ponti is a sweeping story of three women and the guilt that ties them to each other. Teo was the winner of the inaugural Deborah Rogers Foundation award in 2016. Chaired by Georgina Godwin.
The writer and doctor considers the transformations in mind and body that continue across the arc of human life. Some of these changes we have little choice about. We can’t avoid puberty, the menopause or our hair turning grey. Others may be welcome milestones along our path – a much-wanted pregnancy, a cancer cured or a long-awaited transition to another gender. We may find ourselves turning down dark paths, towards the cruel distortions of anorexia, or the shifting sands of memory loss. New technologies and medicine have unprecedented power to alter our lives, but that power has limitations.
Two of the most creative innovators in Britain discuss the impacts and opportunities of new technologies. Mulgan, CEO of NESTA, is the author of Big Mind: How Collective Intelligence can Change our World, which posits that this “bigger mind” – human and machine capabilities working together – has the potential to solve the great challenges of our time. Seldon is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham and the author of The Fourth Education Revolution: How Artificial Intelligence is Changing the Face of Learning.
Clark honours the life and work of the pioneer of the hospice movement. His biography shows how Cicely Saunders and the hospice she created, St Christopher’s, played a crucial role in shaping a new discourse of care at the end of life. From the pessimism of ‘there is nothing more we can do’, medicine and healthcare gradually adopted a more purposeful approach to care at the end of life, which came to be known as ‘palliative care’.
With the help of some slippery eggs and wobbly jellyfish, author Catherine Barr will give children lots of reasons to fall in love with, and help save, these ancient mariners, in her new series of books for the Natural History Museum.
Dos autores estadounidenses de origen colombiano nos hablarán de obras suyas en las que la ciudad juega un papel fundamental. Patricia Engel es autora de No es amor, es solo París, la historia de una joven estadounidense que viaja a París para estudiar pero también con la intención de encontrarse a sí misma y enamorarse. Sergio de la Pava ha escrito Personae y Una singularidad desnuda, obra protagonizada por un abogado neoyorquino que trabaja en Brooklyn y cuya vida se transforma cuando su sentido de la justicia comienza a resquebrajarse.
Con el apoyo de la Embajada de Estados Unidos de América
The art historian and writer explores the culture and history of art in Wales through 13 iconic pictures linked by a story that helped create and define a nation. His new book, The Tradition: A New History of Welsh Art, has been shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year.
Image - Archie Griffiths, On the Coal Tips, c.1930
Join the New York Times duo as they conspire again on two slyly funny tales about some creative shapes. Visually stunning and full of wry humour, these thoughtful offerings about different shapes from two of today's most irreverent picture-book creators emphasize the importance of keeping your eyes and your mind open to wonder, where others see only rubble and rocks.
In the summer after leaving school, a young botanist sets out to fulfil a childhood dream –to find every species of orchid native to the British Isles. He has just a few months to complete his quest and it will require ingenuity, stamina and a large dose of luck. As he battles the vagaries of the British climate in his clapped-out car, feverishly chasing each emerging bloom, Bersweden takes the reader on a remarkable botanical journey.
Levete is a RIBA Stirling Prize-winning architect, founder and principal of AL_A, an international design and architecture studio. She describes her approach to two exceptional urban projects – The Exhibition Road project at the V&A in London, creating a new exhibition space and re-connecting the museum to open public space on Exhibition Road; MAAT, the new Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, in Lisbon is a new outward-looking museum located on the banks of the Tagus in Belém, the district from where the Portuguese great explorers set off.
Chaired by Amol Rajan.
In an age of misinformation and pseudo-science, the world is getting fatter and the diet makers are getting richer. So how do we break this cycle that’s killing us all? Drawing on the very latest science and his own genetic research at Cambridge University, Yeo has written the seminal ‘anti-diet’ diet book. Exploring the history of our food, debunking marketing nonsense and toxic diet advice and confronting the advocates of ‘clean eating’, he translates his pioneering research into an engaging study of human appetite. Chaired by dietitian Ceris Devereux.
Turner’s spellbinding new biography explores the poetry and the adventurous, cosmopolitan world of the father of English literature. She documents a series of vivid episodes, moving from the commercial wharves of London to the frescoed chapels of Florence and the kingdom of Navarre, where 14th-century Christians, Muslims and Jews lived side by side. The narrative recounts Chaucer’s experiences as a prisoner of war in France, as a father visiting his daughter’s nunnery, as a member of a chaotic Parliament and as a diplomat in Milan, where he encountered the writings of Dante and Boccaccio. Chaired by Jerry Brotton.