Our memories make us who we are. But what is memory? What is it to remember a person or a place? Author Mark Rowlands grew up not far from Hay-on-Wye, but has lived much of his adult life in America. Returning to a place that is full of memories, he examines the idea of remembering through the medium of two of his books, the international bestseller The Philosopher And The Wolf, and his new book Running With The Pack.
There has been an explosion of interest in stem cells within the scientific and medical communities and also among politicians, pharmaceutical companies, ethicists and religious groups. They may have great potential to treat diseases that cannot be cured with current medicines. But how realistic are those expectations? Chaired by Brenda Maddox.
Can climate fiction ever change minds, or does it merely confirm existing attitudes in the mind of the reader who chooses to read a book of that nature? Are more climate-related books aimed at children because their enquiring minds are supposed to be more open? Author and founder of Climate Outreach Information Network George Marshall talks to INSPIRE’s Jane Davidson, and authors Saci Lloyd and David Thorpe.
Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust, is joined by Malorie Blackman, Melvin Burgess and Hayley Long to ask and answer all the big questions about YA.
Jonathan Douglas leads a provocative discussion around the idea of whether there are certain books that teenagers ought to read, and certain books they ought not to. He is joined by Melvin Burgess, whose multiple-award-winning novel JUNK is the seminal novel of teen addition and a modern classic. Melvin continues to attract both praise and blame with each new work, most recently The Hit.
Malorie Blackman tackles big themes in her fiction but often from an unexpected viewpoint as with the phenomenally successful Noughts & Crosses series and more recently Boys Don't Cry, a story of teenage fatherhood. Her new novel, Noble Conflict, will be published shortly.
Hayley Long, whose novel What's Up With Jody Barton has readers questioning their assumptions and their attitudes about gender, relationships and sexuality.
The novelist revisits his classic Great War novel, first published in 1993. He describes the genesis, research and resonance of the book. Chaired by Stephanie Merritt.
The novelist discusses his essay collection Dæmon Voices and his novel La Belle Sauvage with Daniel Hahn.
The brilliant new novel from the Orange Prize-winning author of We Need to Talk about Kevin centres on three generations of the Mandible family as an extreme fiscal crisis hits a near-future America. This is a frightening, fascinating, scabrously funny glimpse into the decline that may await the United States all too soon.
When BBC Radio 4’s Material World announced a search for the UK’s top amateur scientist, the winning experiment involved one of our humblest garden pests. Ruth Brooks asked the question: Do snails have a homing instinct? The Telegraph’s Louise Gray chairs.
How and why do we survive, and what makes us unique? A conversation between a novelist and a scientist exploring the worlds they inhabit in Doctorow’s superb new speculative fiction Walkaway and Rutherford’s A Brief History of Everyone who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes.