When a dead body is found in the Thames, caught in the chains of HMS Belfast, it sets off a search for a missing woman and confirms a sense that in London a person can become invisible once outside their community. Assuming they even have a community. The Orange Prize-winning novelist weaves a tale around ideas of home; how London can be a place of exile or expulsion, how home can be a physical place or an idea. How all our lives intersect and how coincidence or the randomness of birthplace can decide how we live and with whom.
Lee Maracle is a member of the Stó:lō nation whose territory is located in Canada. She is a poet and the author of a number of novels, short stories and non-fiction books in which her culture and traditions are represented. In 2016 she received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work promoting writing among young aboriginals. In a conversation chaired by the journalist and researcher Ingrid Bejerman, Maracle will talk to Miguel Rocha Vivas about indigenous rights and traditions.
Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available
Award-winning travel writer Nicholas Jubber journeys across Europe, exploring the great epic poems and how they have a startling resonance in contemporary times. Reaching back to the era remembered as ‘the Age of Migration’, Jubber explores how attitudes to population movement, borders, kin relations, sex, class and political structures are dramatised in the ancient and medieval epics. From Homer’s Odyssey through the devastating conflict of the French Song of Roland and the German Nibelungenlied, to the great Viking sagas such as Beowulf and the Icelandic Njal’s Saga, these are timeless tales about human nature, but also windows into other societies, with different emphases on matters of honour, kinship, fundamentalism and fate. He talks to the great storyteller Daniel Morden.
The writer and historian Giles Tremlett was awarded the prestigious 2018 Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography for Isabella of Castile, Europe’s First Great Queen. Segovia, where Isabella proclaimed herself queen, plays a central role in a controversial story of ambition, violence and success. Tremlett is a Fellow of the London School of Economic’s Cañada Blanch Centre. He has previously published a biography of Isabella’s daughter Catherine of Aragon and a celebrated study of contemporary Spain, Ghosts of Spain. He is a former Madrid correspondent for The Guardian and The Economist, and is currently Contributing Editor at The Guardian.
IN COLLABORATION WITH LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS
The curator introduces the British Library’s blockbuster spring exhibition in this illustrated lecture. He explores the remarkable evolution of writing, from ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs carved in stone and early printed text such as William Caxton’s edition of The Canterbury Tales to the art of note-taking by some of history’s greatest minds, and onwards to the digital communication tools we use today. Marvel at centuries of human innovation as writing enabled progress and opened doors to expression and art.
Chris Ryan, ex-SAS hero turned author, introduces his brand new action packed series Special Forces Cadets, which is inspired by his fascinating real-life army experiences. A top-secret government programme needs a crack team of undercover military operators. They must have awesome levels of determination, endurance and fitness. And in order to operate in circumstances where adult forces would be compromised, the recruits must be under sixteen. Only a few are tough enough and smart enough to make it… And once out in the field, they will require all their skills just to stay alive.
Set your sails east as bestselling author and historian Peter Frankopan explores the history of the world via The Silk Roads. Discover a remarkable illustrated historical voyage and find out how understanding the past gives us insight into our future.