The 'American Dream' and 'America First' are two of the most loaded phrases in America today, and also two of the most misunderstood. Celebrated critic and professor of American Literature, Sarah Churchwell tackles the thorny topic of American identity in her enthralling new book Behold, America. Churchwell joins us to explore US political history and reveal a nation in a state of constant war with itself.
For twenty years Francis Spufford wrote very novelistic non-fiction, and in 2016 won the Costa, Ondaatje and Desmond Elliot Prize for his first novel Golden Hill, a piece of fiction steeped in fact. Francis discusses his most recent book, the essay collection True Stories, which reflects on different kinds of storytelling.
Gina Miller came to prominence when she brought one of the most significant constitutional cases ever to be heard in the British Supreme Court, successfully challenging the UK government's authority to trigger Article 50. In her memoir Rise, Miller draws on a lifetime of fighting injustice to demonstrate that sometimes just one person can make a difference.
Helen Pankhurst is a women’s rights activist and great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst. She is also the author of Deeds Not Words, a biography of the Suffragette movement published on the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote. In this talk, Helen explores the Suffragette movement, what has changed, and what there is still to achieve.
Trans Britain chronicles the struggle for trans rights in Britain. Editor and activist Christine Burns shares the testimonies of those who were there to witness a marginalised community grow into the visible phenomenon we recognise today. Everything you always wanted to know about the background of the trans community from the community itself.
Acclaimed historian Jenny Uglow joins us to discuss her sumptuous new biography of Edward Lear, the celebrated poet and illustrator whose ‘nonsense’ popularised the limerick, and his times. From giving Queen Victoria drawing lessons to suffering from epilepsy and depression, Lear’s biographer will be with us to discuss the great man and what drew him to her.
In his new book, Dave Haslam documents his encounters with inspiring characters like Tony Wilson, Nile Rodgers, Neneh Cherry, Tracey Thorn, John Peel, Mark E Smith, Ian Brown, and John Lydon. Morrissey comes to tea; he discusses masturbation with Viv Albertine; he has a gun pulled on him at the Hacienda, a drug dealer threatens to slit his throat; Sonic Youth sleep on his floor; and a crew of lesbians in Paris save his life. Dave is an inimitable delight for fans of music and memoir.
Danny Dorling explains how the widening chasm between rich and poor has had dire implications for health, housing, education, demography, and politics in the UK. Today more than 99% are losing out. So how do we become more equal in an age of peak income inequality? And without a full-blown civil war? Inequality may have reached a peak, but it never falls without a fight.
She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England by Helen Castor has been adapted for performance by physical theatre artist Laura Careless with Dr. Castor as Historical Consultant and debuts in Edinburgh this August. Learn about the process of bringing the stories of England’s forgotten female rulers from page to stage!
Award-winning, playwright, poet, screenwriter and performer Sabrina Mahfouz joins us to discuss her diverse body of work. Already a celebrated figure in the arts, since 2017 Mahfouz has earned critical acclaim for her poetry- How You Might Know Me– her contributions to The Good Immigrant, She Grrrowls, and Don’t Panic I’m Islamic as well as editing The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write.
The legendary Terry Eagleton draws on both his most recent work, Radical Sacrifice, and his newly-reissued classic Why Marx Was Right to consider the concepts which have underpinned our political thought for centuries, and shows that, when it comes to diagnosing the ills of modern society, some ideas don’t have a shelf life.
Over the last 35 years, Victoria Crowe has established herself as one of Scotland’s leading painters whose work is instantly recognisable. Tying in with A Certain Light, an exhibition of her work at The Scottish Gallery this summer, Victoria discusses her work with Scotsman art critic Duncan Macmillan, who has literally written the book on the subject.
Russia is reshaping the world order to its advantage: this should trouble us all. Award-winning journalist Luke Harding discusses the true nature of Trump's decades-long relationship with Russia. In Collusion Harding tells an astonishing story of offshore money, sketchy real-estate deals, mobsters, money laundering, hacking and Kremlin espionage.
Award-winning reporter Rania Abouzeid addresses the unravelling of a nation- peaceful protests collapsing into violence, families shattered by shelling, religious conviction sharpened to a radical point. Abouzeid shows Syrians continue to live and resist even as al-Assad's regime - and the threat of Al-Qaeda and Islamic State - tears their homeland apart.
Monstrous Regiment’s Bi-ble collected intersectional bi voices and shared unique stories, voices and identities. That first anthology showed the need to elevate as many bi voices as possible- so the Bi-ble’s authors and editors join us for a bi book fringe bash; it's time to spread the good word.
From the tip of Cornwall to the Isle of Mull, Amber Massie-Blomfield takes the road less travelled to discover Britain’s most astonishing and unexpected theatres. A ruined playhouse, haunted halls, a stage hewn from granite cliffs. Will your favourite theatre be in there? Come and prepare for August’s plethora of festivals with this enchanting event, and fall in love with theatres all over again.
Owl Sense is a book about the wild in nature and in the unpredictable course of our human lives. In her watching and deep listening to all thirteen species of European owls, and in the ways her family changes whilst she does so, Miriam Darlington cleaves myth from reality and brings the strangeness and magnificence of these creatures to life.