The author of The Radleys, The Humans and Reasons To Stay Alive talks about his glorious, rollicking time-hopping novel. How to Stop Time is a wild and bittersweet story about losing and finding yourself, about the certainty of change and about the lifetimes it can take to learn how to live.
Stephanie Merritt is the comedy critic of The Observer and writes historical fiction as SJ Parris.
Drawn from more than 180 interviews with friends, rivals, lovers and collaborators, some of whom have never before spoken about their relationship with Bowie, the editor of GQ’s fabulous oral history weaves a hypnotic spell as it unfolds a remarkable rise to stardom and an unparalleled artistic path. With stories and music and film clips.
The star of BBC Radio 4’s Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics brings her unique combination of stand-up and ancient history to the Winter Weekend. History has never been such fun! Haynes’ books include The Children of Jocasta and The Ancient Guide to Modern Life.
The author brings her unique blend of humour, curiosity and honesty to the still-taboo subject of sexuality and pleasure in her runaway best-seller. This is a brave, funny and often vulnerable quest to find out how we can make our sex lives better. “I want to learn this stuff” – Russell Brand.
What does the global reaction to the revelation of Harvey Weinstein’s monstrosity mean? Is anyone surprised? Is this a tipping point for patriarchy? What do we do now?
Laurie Penny is a journalist and feminist activist, the author of Unspeakable Things, Everything Belongs to the Future and most recently Bitch Doctrine.
In this last bicentenary session, the academic and author plays with the engaging and entertaining puzzles of the novels and Austen’s life. What are the right and wrong ways to propose marriage? What do the characters call each other, and why? And which important Austen characters never speak? Join us for a delightful celebration of the genius of English literature’s greatest comedian. There will be prizes for best frock coat and bonnet.
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.
Andrew is one of the key figures in modern rugby history: an outstanding international who won three Grand Slams with England and toured twice with the Lions, he also played a central role in the game's professional revolution with his trailblazing work at Newcastle. As Director of Elite Rugby at the Rugby Football Union he did not merely have a ringside seat as one of the world’s major sports went through its greatest upheaval in a century: more often than not, he was in the ring itself. Hitt is a star columnist and rugby writer for the Western Mail.
A message from the Finnish embassy launches Horatio Clare on a voyage around an extraordinary country and an unearthly place, the frozen Bay of Bothnia, just short of the Arctic Circle. Finland is an enigmatic place, famous for its educational miracle, healthcare and gender equality – as well as Nokia, Angry Birds, saunas, questionable cuisine and deep taciturnity. Aboard the icebreaker Otso Clare gets to know the crew, and explores Finland’s history and character. His most recent books include Down to the Sea in Ships and Myths and Legends of the Brecon Beacons. Chaired by Peter Florence.
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. Introduced by Kitty Corrigan.
From Dean to Epping, Hatfield to Sherwood, the author covers the natural history of our forests and how they have changed the face of our landscape. Covering the different species of trees that give our woods their unique character, the plants and animals that inhabit them and the way their appearance changes throughout the seasons, Woods is a fascinating and beautifully illustrated celebration of Britain’s trees and the ancient stories that surround them.
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.
The gardening writer and Gardener’s World star follows his fabulous bestseller Nigel: My Family and Other Dogs by sharing gardening wisdom from his 50 years of experience. Tips, soil and wonderful stories.
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
The British youth fiction writer Jenny Valentine is touring the world to talk to teenagers in various countries to find out what matters most to them. Fernando “Nando” López is a novelist, playwright and author of several works of children’s and young adult fiction, including Los nombres del fuego and La edad de la ira. His play #malditos16 examines suicide, anorexia and self-harm, and is inspired by his work as a volunteer at a hospital, where he runs literary workshops with teenagers who have tried to take their own lives. Both will talk to the publisher and writer Carlos Sánchez Lozano about worrying, the imagination and what it means to be a teenager in the 21st century.
Three authors who combine writing with other occupations, in this case publishing, journalism and language teaching, talk about what it means to move between the different worlds in which they live and work. They will also talk about their latest books with the literary critic and columnist Camilo Hoyos: Mariana Torres, Diego Erlan (Argentina) and Eduardo Plaza (Chile).
The levels of economic, gender, police and organized criminal violence in Latin America are among the highest in the world. Literature is one of the few ways of fleeing from it or responding to it without perpetuating its vicious circle. In this discussion, three of Latin America’s finest writers will talk about the degree to which the writings of the region’s writers are permeated in this violence. Jesús Miguel Soto (Venezuela) and Luciana Sousa (Argentina), authors from the Bogotá39 selection, will talk to Marta Orrantia about these matters.
Rosemary Sullivan is the author of 15 books, including five biographies, three poetry books, travel diaries, short fiction and essays. Her most recent work, Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva, won the 2016 Plutarch Biography Award and other Canadian prizes for non-fiction, and was named Book of the Year by the UK’s Daily Mail. She will talk about this fascinating biography with the journalist Emma Tucker.
Technology means that the world of publishing is undergoing constant changes; Michael Bhaskar has drawn a map of the future of publishing, the media and the creative industries. In his book The Content Machine he explains the financial rules that technology has imposed on newspapers, magazines and blogs. He also produced one of the first e-books for iPhone and is currently visiting lecturer at the Oxford Brookes International Centre for Publishing as well as writer in residence at DeepMind. He will talk to the audience about the future of publishing.
Could novels be a source of information for those who write history? Should the novelist who tackles historical themes ensure that the story is in line with the facts of the past? The historian Eduardo Posada-Carbó, lecturer at the University of Oxford, and the writer Juan Esteban Constaín, author of various historical novels, will talk about the work of García Márquez and the way in which historians and literary critics have given his novels an historical interpretation.
With the support of Banco de la República
Friendship threatened by social prejudices, compassion in a world full of avarice, happiness just around the corner from sadness. These are areas dealt with in the truest and most humanly complex stories, and also themes touched on by Pilar Quintana, who recently published her fourth novel, La perra, a raw yet beautiful story about maternity and the jungle of the Colombian Pacific. The writer will talk to the journalist Jorge Eduardo Espinosa.
En noviembre de 2017 el escritor nicaraguense Sergio Ramirez fue elegido ganador del Premio Cervantes. Su amplia obra literaria incluye, entre otros libros, , Margarita, está linda la mar (1998) , El cielo llora por mí (2008) y Sara (2015), Ya nadie llora por mí (2017). Es miembro del Consejo Rector del Premio Gabriel García Márquez de Periodismo. El escritor nicaraguense Sergio Ramirez participó en la lucha para derrocar la dictadura de la familia Somoza y tras el triunfo de la revolución fue electo vicepresidente en 1985. Juanita León es directora de La Silla Vacía y ganadora del Premio Gabo 2016 en la categoría innovación. Jaime Abello es director de La Fundación Gabriel García Márquez para el nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano.
Con apoyo de SURA y del Premio Gabo
Carmen Boullosa is a Mexican novelist, poet, playwright and essayist, author of the novel Texas: The Great Theft and, together with Mike Wallace, of the non-fiction work A Narco History: How the United States and Mexico Jointly Created the “Mexican Drug War”. The writer Edurne Portela’s most recent works are El eco de los disparos: Cultura y memoria de la violencia, a non-fiction book about the armed group ETA’s disarmament, and the novel Mejor la ausencia. The two will talk about the scars of armed violence with the Colombian writer Giuseppe Caputo.
With the support of Acción Cultural Española. Foco Cultura Europea
Four of Latin America’s best writers aged under 40 choose one or two female writers from any Latin American country, plus an international author, whose work they admire. At this event Natalia Borges (Brazil), Juan Cárdenas (Colombia), Damián González Bertolino (Uruguay) and Brenda Lozano (Mexico) will tell the publisher José Hamad and the audience why they recommend these writers.
With the support of the Mexican Embassy