The international view of Britain’s place in Europe from the French Ambassador to Berlin, the Colombian author of When Latin America Rules The World and the Director of the Centre for India & Global Business at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.
The poet introduces readings from his new play, which premières at the Manchester Royal Exchange in May. He is joined by the production’s director, his Helen of Troy and his Patroclus. ‘The Iliad is tense and intriguing, with moments of great tragedy and breathtaking humility. Everything we have come to expect of the great myths.’
In Glow Beauman conjures a contemporary conspiracy with global repercussions that converges on one small flat above a dentist’s office in Camberwell. Gong Ji-Young’s Our Happy Time is a redemptive love story from Korea’s rising star novelist – Yujeong is a beautiful, bright and wealthy suicide attempter, Yunsu a convicted murderer on death row. The authors talk to Ted Hodgkinson.
Two of the contributors to Ian Goldin’s overview of the world’s population and resources address key issues. Malhi takes a metabolic perspective on our human-dominated planet in Bigger Than The Biosphere? Godfray examines the practicality of food production in Can the World Feed 10 Billion People (Sustainably & Equitably)?
Spanish society’s recent massive political and economic challenges represent one of the all-time lows of Spanish culture. Glaring problems in the field of education coupled with infrequent public debates, especially on television, demonstrate the need for ‘high culture’ to be promoted more than ever. Spain’s present and Spain’s future depend to a large degree on acknowledging Spain’s past and realising what Spanish culture has to offer the rest of the world. Other problems cannot be overcome without actively promoting Spain’s great culture. Writer and politician César Antonio Molina and philosophers Javier Gomá and Gabriel Albiac talk to the Director of ABC, Bieito Rubido.
Third tribute in Segovia to Roberto Bolaño, the Chilean writer and poet who settled in Spain, by an outstanding trio. The facts speak for themselves: Juan Vicente Piqueras, recipient of the Loewe, Machado and José Hierro de Poesía awards; José Manuel Benítez Ariza, also novelist and columnist, as well as poet, with more than a dozen published books; and Jesús Aguado, winner of the Hiperion de Poesía award in 1990.
Co-organised and produced by AC/E (Acción Cultural Española)
An entertainment: a constellation of writers, artists and photographers of the Welsh Marches celebrate the first issue of The Keep, Hay’s new literary and arts magazine, with an evening of readings, stories and pictures, under the editorial baton of Iain Finlayson.
With Owen Sheers, Ben Rawlence, Nina Lyon, Jasper Fforde, Soma Ghosh, Oliver Balch, Tom Bullough, Dix and Marsha Arnold.
What happened to the European mind between 1605, when an audience watching Macbeth at the Globe might believe that regicide was such an aberration of the natural order that ghosts could burst from the ground, and 1649, when a large crowd could stand and watch the execution of a king? In this turbulent period, science moved from the alchemy and astrology of John Dee to the painstaking observation and astronomy of Galileo. And if the old ways still lingered and affected the new mindset, Descartes’ dualism presented an attempt to square the new philosophy with religious belief. By the end of that tumultuous century “the greatest ever change in the mental outlook of humanity” had irrevocably taken place.
Mark will probably but not necessarily be talking about some or all of these things: giant tortoises, nuclear war, bats, glaciers, Benjamin Britten and the naming of craters on the moon.
Wild populations, their habitats, and the benefits they provide for people, are in decline. But is the situation hopeless? The Professor of Conservation Science tells stories of success from around the world to argue the case of optimism.