How do you create a compelling adventure that keeps readers guessing? Join bestselling authors Emma Carroll and Lisa Thompson as they discuss building suspense and keeping readers hooked in their page-turning stories including Secrets of a Sun King and The Day I Was Erased. Chaired by Darren Chetty.
News about Britain’s wildlife and ecosystems tends to be grim. The Oxford economist and Natural Capital Committee chair Dieter Helm shares his radical but tangible plan for positive change. This pragmatic approach to environmentalism includes a summary of Britain’s green assets, a look towards possible futures and an achievable 25-year plan for a green and prosperous country.
In the depths of winter in 1705 the young Johann Sebastian Bach, then unknown as a composer and earning a modest living as a teacher and organist, set off on a long journey by foot to Lübeck to visit the composer Dieterich Buxterhude, a distance of more than 250 miles. This journey and its destination were a pivotal point in the life of arguably the greatest composer the world has yet seen. Lübeck was Bach’s moment, when a young teacher with a reputation for intolerance of his pupils’ failings began his journey to become the master of the Baroque. Chaired by Kirsty Lang.
From the genetics of insects and groundbreaking x-ray technology to measuring the world’s forests with lasers, three Royal Society Research Fellows discuss their work at the forefront of science with neuroscientist and broadcaster Hannah Critchlow.
Two authors from different countries and regions that are not part of the hegemonic centres of literary production will talk to Ingrid Bejerman about their latest books and about how their locations on the periphery define their writing. With Roland Brival (France), author of Sato San, le maître des corsets, and Carlos Velázquez (Mexico), author of the recently published book of short stories La efeba salvaje.
El escritor mohawk Gerald Taiaiake Alfred es profesor del Departamento de Ciencias Políticas de la Universidad de Victoria, Canadá. En el año 2010 la Asociación de Estudios Indígenas y Americanos Nativos nombró su libro Wasáse: Indigenous Pathways of Action and Freedom como uno de los trabajos más influyentes en los estudios de los nativos. El escritor zapoteco Pergentino José Ruiz (México) es Maestro en Literatura Hispanoamericana por la Universidad Austral de Chile. Sus publicaciones más recientes incluyen el libro de relatos Hormigas rojas (2012) y el poemario Lenguaje de pájaros (2014) en edición trilingüe: zapoteco, español e inglés. Su obra ha sido incluida en México20, un recopilatorio de los mejores escritores mexicanos menores de 40 años, publicado por la editorial Malpaso. Los entrevistará la periodista y escritora Ingrid Bejerman, coordinadora de la iniciativa Canadá en las Américas (CITA) del Instituto de McGill para el Estudio de Canadá.
Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español
Fiction provides children with an important space to learn how to make sense of the world. It is also a crucial source for role models. Fictional worlds are not so unlike the real world – especially when it comes to gender inequalities. Based on their work with large collections of texts, Professor Mahlberg and Dr Cermakova from the University of Birmingham's Centre for Corpus Research will explore fiction from Dickens to modern children's books, to demonstrate how repeated language patterns reflect a gendered view of society.
Sophie Ratcliffe’s book is about the things we hide from other people. Love affairs, grief, domestic strife and the mess at the bottom of your handbag. Part memoir, part imagined history, Ratcliffe combines her own experience of childhood bereavement, a past lover and the reality of motherhood and marriage with undiscovered stories about Tolstoy and trains, handbags and honeymoons, to muse on the messiness of everyday life.
Evaristo’s fabulous Girl, Woman, Other follows the lives and struggles of twelve very different characters. Mostly women, black and British, they tell the stories of their families, friends and lovers, across the country and through the years. Joyfully polyphonic and vibrantly contemporary, this is a gloriously new kind of history, a novel of our times: celebratory, ever-dynamic and utterly irresistible. Evaristo also appears in Busby’s New Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Writing by Women of African Descent.
Seventy years after the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, and thirty years on from the Tiananmen Square massacre, the editor of Index on Censorship hosts a debate about China’s contemporary society and the leadership’s attitude to freedom of expression. Xinran is author of the global bestseller The Good Women of China, based on her groundbreaking radio show. Her latest book is The Promise. Karoline Kan is a former New York Times reporter who writes about millennial life and politics in China. She’s currently an editor at China Dialogue. Her new book is called Under Red Skies: The Life and Times of a Chinese Millennial.