In the advanced economies ever-increasing consumption adds little to human happiness and may even impede it. The sustainability adviser provides a credible vision of how human society can flourish – within the ecological limits of a finite planet.
The Pleasure Seekers tells of the life and love of Babo Patel from Madras and Sian Jones from Wales, and their hybrid family. The Road to Wanting chronicles the heroine Na Ga’s passage from the tribal villages of Burma to military Rangoon and the hedonism of Bangkok.
‘In the beginning was the Word. The Word that was Creation. Its transformation into the written word came when scratched on stone, traced on papyrus, and travelled from parchment to print in Gutenberg. Now universal technology of the image threatens the book.’
To Music plays with a pianist’s family and relationships; The Forty Rules of Love engages with the ancient Sufi mystic, Rumi, who was transformed by the whirling dervish into a passionate poet and advocate of love.
Two award-winning, great contemporary European novels, epic in scale and passion, which range across the C20th. The Frozen Heart is set in war-torn Spain and Russia. Primeval and Other Times chronicles a mythical Polish village.
Supported by the Polish Cultural Institute in London
The moment man first converted a stone to a useful tool set him on a relentless path toward greater power over his environment. But have our creative ideas always produced desirable results in line with their original good intention? Chaired by Hilary Lawson, chair of the How The Light Gets In philosophy festival.
The Raymond Williams Lecture: The Country and the City, The Map and the World
Hay Festival 2010,
The author of Trading Territories and presenter of the BBC’s The Power of Maps TV series takes Raymond Williams’ work on the relations between the country and the city and explores how Williams’ insights might help us understand a related idea central to our lived space: the history of world mapping.
Two magnificent and spectacularly funny second novels. Skippy Dies is an epic and tragic comedy set in Dublin. Diamond Star Halo is a rock ’n’ roll love story down on a Welsh farm. Both Skippy Dies and Diamond Star Halo are shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction.