As winds of separatism blow through the EU, and further afield, are ideals of coexistence and the nation state damaged beyond repair? President of the Spanish Council of State, Maria Teresa Fernández de la Vega Sanz, British historian Sir Simon Schama and Spanish journalist Nativel Preciado discuss in a wide-ranging conversation with FT Europe Editor Tony Barber.
The Roundhouse Poetry Collective is a group of some of the most exciting young, emerging poets in the country. Previous collective members include Jack Rooke, Caleb Femi and Cecilia Knapp. The group meets weekly to create and experiment under guidance from lead tutors Bridget Minamore (a former Poetry Collective member herself) and Cecilia Knapp. The Poetry Collective performs a mix of heartfelt, funny and challenging material, which they tour across the UK. We are delighted to present a selection of poems from this year’s collective.
After three years of being on the statute books, what has the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act 2015 achieved? Has the groundbreaking, world-leading legislation achieved world-beating results? Has the legal responsibility put on the Welsh public sector, including Welsh Government, to consider sustainability in all of its actions, actually made a difference? Jane Hutt, Welsh Assembly Deputy Minister and Chief Whip, Jane Davidson, the original architect of this Act, and Sophie Howe, the independent commissioner responsible for delivery, discuss progress.
A little more light ridicule, mockery and fun to start the day as the satirists read the tabloids and surf the social media storms for an irreverent look at what’s tickling the nation’s fancy – and driving it to splenetic fury – today.
Ben Fountain (United States) is the author of the novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, recently made into a film by the director Ang Lee. This funny and moving story is set during an American football match and features a young soldier who is back in the United States to promote the American army’s work in Iraq. Just about to return to combat, he reflects on his life, the implications and complexities of the armed conflict, and the value of propaganda as well as people’s perception of a country when building a communal image. Also the author of the book of short stories Brief Encounters with Che Guevara, Ben Fountain will talk to Eduardo Rabasa.
The new novel by the author of The Book Thief is about a boy caught in a current, a boy intent on destroying everything he has in order to become everything he needs to be. Ahead of him lies the bridge, the vision that will save both his family and himself. It will be a miracle and nothing less. At once an existential riddle and a search for redemption, this tale of five brothers coming of age in a house with no rules brims with energy, joy and pathos. Written in Markus Zusak’s distinctive style, it is a tour de force from a master storyteller of the heart.