A wonderfully accessible introduction to chemistry’s central concepts that shows how it contributes not only towards our material comfort, but also to human culture. Atkins shows how chemistry provides the infrastructure of our world, through the chemical industry, the fuels of heating, power generation and transport, as well as the fabrics of our clothing and furnishings.
The astronomer will share his excitement about recent cosmic ideas and discoveries. Since last festival there have been new searches for life (even intelligent life) in space. One of Einstein’s greatest predictions has been confirmed with the detection of gravitational waves from colliding back holes. Images of Pluto have surprised us, and astronomers have discovered thousands of planets orbiting other stars, some resembling Earth. And there is speculation that physical reality encompasses more than the aftermath of our big bang: we may inhabit a multiverse.
Luiselli’s The Story of My Teeth is an idiosyncratic journey in the company of Gustavo ‘Highway’ Sanchez, an eccentric auctioneer on a mission to replace all his teeth. Herrera’s Signs Preceding the End of the World explores the crossings and translations people make in their minds and language as they move from one country to another (in this case Mexico to the United States), especially when there’s no going back. Busquets’ This Too Shall Pass is a lively, sexy and moving novel about a woman facing life in her forties, set on the idyllic Spanish coast.
A second chance to choose what gets published by the award-winning crowd-funded Unbound publishing house as authors pitch their ideas direct to the audience in a real-life, literary Dragons’ Den. Meet comedian Katy Brand and her hilarious alter-ego Brenda Monk, hear Adrian Teal tell how utterly scandalous the C18th really was, join David Bramwell on his quest to find Utopia, and learn how everything is connected to everything else with Steve Colgan. Light poetic and extremely humorous relief from performance poet, George Chopping.
The award-winning novelist discusses her reworking of the Mabinogion story ‘How Culhwch Won Olwen’ with Corisande Albert, great-great-grand-daughter of Lady Charlotte Guest, the first English translator of the ancient tales of the Mabinogion.
The well-known landscape artist Martha Schwartz, Honorary Fellow of RIBA, design consultant to the Mayor of London and lecturer at the Harvard GSD, talks to Martha Thorne, executive director of the Pritzker Prize and city planning professor.
Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish.
What are the key factors for sustainability and change, for disruption and catastrophe? The Director of the London School of Economics considers the threats, internal and external, to global capitalism.
The intimate story of tsars and tsarinas; some touched by genius, some by madness, but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition. The historian’s gripping chronicle reveals their secret world of unlimited power and ruthless empire-building, overshadowed by palace conspiracy, family rivalries, sexual decadence and wild extravagance, and peopled by a cast of adventurers, courtesans, revolutionaries and poets, from Ivan the Terrible to Tolstoy, from Queen Victoria to Lenin. Sebag Montefiore is the author of Catherine the Great & Potemkin and Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar.
The Sky News Foreign Affairs Editor discusses whether the phrase ‘Arab Spring’ is harmful to our understanding of what has been happening in the Middle East. Chaired by Oliver Balch.