General Sir Adrian Bradshaw has just stepped down as Deputy Supreme Commander of NATO, having also served as Director of the SAS, and taken a key strategic role in the campaign against Daesh/ISIL. He talks to Nik Gowing, author of Thinking the Unthinkable: A New Imperative for Leadership in the Digital Age.
The two-year-long siege of Acre (1189-1191) was the most significant military engagement of the Third Crusade, attracting armies from across Europe, Syria, Mesopotamia, Egypt and the Maghreb. Drawing on a balanced selection of Christian and Muslim sources, the historian introduces his account of this hard-won victory for the Crusaders, when England’s Richard the Lionheart and King Philip Augustus of France joined forces to defeat the Egyptian Sultan Saladin. Chaired by Peter Florence.
The development of painting in London from the Second World War to the 1970s is the story of interlinking friendships, shared experiences and artistic concerns among a number of acclaimed artists, including Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Gillian Ayres, Frank Bowling and Howard Hodgkin. Drawing on extensive first-hand interviews, many previously unpublished, with important witnesses and participants, the art critic Martin Gayford teases out the thread connecting these individual lives and demonstrates how painting thrived in London against the backdrop of Soho bohemia in the 1940s and 1950s and ‘Swinging London’ in the 1960s.
The South African-born, anti-apartheid campaigner and politician chronicles the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, from lawyer to ANC freedom fighter, from political prisoner to President of the Rainbow Nation. He charts Madiba’s post-office humanitarian campaigns and gives an intimate and revealing portrait of the beloved global icon. The legacy is more complex, and Hain examines the state of the RSA today after Zuma’s corruption, and as Ramaphosa accedes to power. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.
Calling all heroes, villains and Super Zeroes. Join the radio personalities and authors for an action-packed Kid Normal event, including a reading from the new book, Kid Normal and the Rogue Heroes. Dave Cribb will provide musical accompaniment throughout. Help create a brand new superhero story and prepare for lots of games, singing and audience participation. Superpowers not required.
El periodista y escritor español Xavi Ayén hablará sobre su libro Aquellos años del boom, Premio Gaziel de Biografías y Memorias 2013. Este trabajo trata sobre el movimiento literario que en los años 60 y 70 del siglo pasado popularizó mundialmente la literatura latinoamericana. Conversará sobre esto y mucho más con el periodista Juan Carlos Pérez Salazar.
Óscar Martínez (El Salvador) is a journalist linked to the digital newspaper El Faro and the author of one of the most important books for understanding Central American migration through Mexico written in the last decade: The Beast. Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail. Returning to the complex situation of the inhabitants of Central American countries faced with the violence that surrounds them (gangs, state police forces, interfamily violence), Martínez presents Una historia de violencia: Vivir y morir en Centroamérica. In conversation with Arturo Wallace.
Morpurgo dramatises an episode in Francis Drake's circumnavigation during which the Golden Hind was stranded on a rock off Celebes, Indonesia. What altercation occurred between Drake and the ship's chaplain, Francis Fletcher, during those terrifying 20 hours? Morpurgo makes a compelling argument for what was really at the heart of that disagreement, and its present-day repercussions. He argues that the Tudor navigators and their stories may hold the key to how we should approach the current environmental crisis. Chaired by Daisy Leitch.
The destruction of cultural heritage has grabbed headlines worldwide. Does it matter? This talk will explore the dynamics of violence, reconstruction and repair that underlie these dramatic acts of destruction. Dr Viejo is a Lecturer in Heritage and the Politics of the Past.
El escritor Felipe Restrepo Pombo (Colombia) es también director de la revista Gatopardo. Autor, entre otros, del libro de entrevistas Nunca es fácil ser una celebridad, nos presenta su primera novela, Formas de evasión, en donde narra la historia de un hombre que se dispone a desaparecer, explorando asuntos como la subjetividad, los límites de las identidad o la fascinación que experimentan las personas por otros seres humanos. En conversación con la escritora Rosa Beltrán.
Emiliano Monge es uno de los escritores mexicanos más celebrados. Su impactante novela Las tierras arrasadas, en la que retrata el terror y la miseria que viven los migrantes en el México actual, fue publicada en 2015 con gran éxito de crítica; es también autor de un libro de cuentos y de otras dos novelas. La escritora Carolina Sanín (Colombia) ha sido columnista en los principales medios escritos colombianos (El Espectador, Semana, La Silla Vacía); su última novela, Los niños, cuenta la historia atípica e inquietante de una pareja formada por un niño y una mujer.
Dr Gallagher from the Department of Radiology at the University of Cambridge discusses the basis of MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), how it is currently used to image cancer and what the future of oncological imaging may entail.
Celebrate the launch of Skulduggery Pleasant 11: Midnight. Revisit all your favourite characters including Skulduggery, Valkyrie and Omen. Put your questions to The Golden God himself and hear how he became an author and got the inspiration for the series.