The night sky is an endless source of wonder and mystery. For thousands of years it has been at the heart of scientific and philosophical inquiry, from the first star catalogues etched into ancient Mesopotamian clay tablets to the metres-wide telescopes constructed in Chile’s Atacama Desert today. On a clear night it is hard not to look up and pick out familiar constellations, and to think of the visionary minds who pioneered our understanding of what lies beyond. The Princeton Professor of Astrophysics reveals how it only becomes more beautiful and exciting the more we discover. She takes us from the very basics – why Earth orbits the sun, and how our moon works – right up to massive, strange phenomena like superclusters, quasars and the geometry of spacetime.
What does it take to be a Dragonsitter? Could you be one? This is your opportunity to find out. Join the author and illustrator to learn about The Dragonsitter series in a fun-filled event packed full of storytelling and live-drawing.
Professor Littlemore and Dr Turner are co-investigators on the project ‘Death before Birth’. This examines how people who have experienced miscarriage, termination for foetal anomaly, and stillbirth, reach decisions concerning what happens to their babies after death, how their perceptions of the law impact on their decision-making, and how they communicate their experiences and choices to those there to support them. The project will also be examining the existing guidance on what happens to babies after they have died, investigating how it is interpreted in practice by professionals and the extent to which it takes account of the views, experiences and needs of the bereaved. Jeannette and Sarah will be talking about the ways in which people who have experienced pregnancy loss, and those who support, use language to make sense of and communicate their feelings about their loss.
Dos destacados directores de cine charlarán sobre su recorrido profesional y sus experiencias en el mundo cinematográfico. Sergio Cabrera ha dirigido algunas de las cintas más exitosas del cine colombiano, entre ellas, La estrategia del caracol y Golpe de estadio. Su última película, Todos se van, está basada en la novela homónima de la escritora cubana Wendy Guerra. Lucía Puenzo es escritora y directora de aclamados largometrajes como XXY, El niño pez y Wakolda, su última película de la que además fue guionista. Evento moderado por Sandro Romero.
Evento patrocinado por Cinecolombia
Paolo Giordano (Italy) rose to international fame with The Solitude of Prime Numbers, a novel that won the 2008 Strega Prize and which was made into a film in 2010. Author of The Human Body, Giordano was educated as a physicist and will present his recent work, Like Family. In conversation with Héctor Abad Faciolince.
The wish to protect wildlife is now a central goal for our society, but where did these ‘green’ ideas come from? And who created the cherished institutions, such as the National Trust or the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, which are now so embedded in public life and attract millions of members? Cocker asks searching questions such as who owns the land and why? And who benefits from green policies? Why do the British seem to love their countryside more than almost any other nation, yet have come to live amid one of the most denatured landscapes on Earth? He tries to map out how this overcrowded island of ours could be a place fit not just for human occupants but also for its billions of wild citizens. Chaired by Andy Fryers.
UK Waterstones Children’s Laureate Lauren Child and Laureate na nÓg Sarah Crossan will share the stage to discuss the power of words, the importance of illustration and their mutual conviction that every child should have access to literature and to creativity. Chaired by Jonathan Douglas, Director, National Literacy Trust.
A third of the seven billion people in the world speak English, with just 400 million of them as a first language. There have been sixty to seventy new Englishes that have emerged in the last fifty years alone, and the ‘lingua franca’ in Europe is emerging as another English too. For sure. Can the world’s most acquisitive and adaptable communications tool just keep growing? The linguistics guru plays with the cultural misunderstandings and the huge gains that come in internationally when people from different cultures communicate fluently in the global language.
Pariat’s captivating novel, The Nine-Chambered Heart, is a kaleidoscopic story of one woman as seen through the eyes of those she has loved or been loved by. To read Andersson’s tale of an adulterous affair, Acts of Infidelity, is to dive inside the mind of a brilliant, infuriating friend – her lovers’ entanglements and arguments are the stuff of relationship nightmares: cutting, often cruel, and written with razor-sharp humour. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.
The latest Jaime Gil de Biedma Poetry Award winner, Fermín Herrero, talks to the poet and director of the Norte de Castilla paper, Carlos Aganzo, and journalist Teresa Sanz. They also recite extracts from Gil de Biedma’s work. De Biedma was one of the key authors of the 1950s generation.
Juan José Millás, uno de los escritores españoles con mayor trayectoria, ha publicado más de 20 libros que han sido traducidos a 23 idiomas. También periodista y colaborador habitual de medios como El País, Millás ha recibido importantes galardones como el Premio Planeta 2007 y el Premio Nacional de Narrativa 2008 (España). Conversará con la periodista cultural Irma Gallo sobre su última novela, Desde la sombra.
"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.
The British Isles are an archipelago made up of two large islands and 6,289 smaller ones. The nature writer meets all kinds of islanders, from nuns to puffins, from local legends to rare subspecies of vole, as he seeks to discover what it is like to live on a small island, and what it means to be an islander.
Barkham’s books include Coastlines, Badgerlands and The Butterfly Isles.
Mitchell spent 20 years as a non-clinical team leader in the NHS before being diagnosed with young onset dementia in July 2014 at the age of 58. Shocked by the lack of awareness about the disease, both in the community and in hospitals, she vowed to spend her time raising awareness about dementia and encouraging others to see there is life after a diagnosis. She discusses her extraordinary book about her condition with the Guardian journalist.