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15 May

The Art of Conversation

David Crystal

Drawing on research conducted for his latest book, language historian David Crystal tells all.

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The Lost Decade

Polly Toynbee and David Walker

Polly Toynbee and David Walker dissect the anatomy of a dark decade, bringing hope for better to come.

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Sex, Lies & Woolf

Leïla Slimani with Rosie Goldsmith

Leïla Slimani speaks about her novels, beliefs, and her new collection of essays giving voice to young Moroccan women.

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16 MaySold out

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A Life with Lucian

William Feaver and Celia Paul with Nicholas Cullinan

Celia Paul and William Feaver reflect on their memories of Lucian Freud and what it means to live an artist’s life.

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A Room of One's Own

Kit de Waal with Cathy Rentzenbrink

Kit de Waal and Cathy Rentzenbrink discuss what it means to write if you come from a working-class background.

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The State of the US

Matt Frei and Peter Westmacott

Leading experts Matt Frei and Peter Westmacott assess the state of US politics today.

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Shaking up the System

Emma Rice with Arifa Akbar

Award-winning director Emma Rice reflects on her creative practice, driving change, and obstacles to “fighting the good fight”.

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17 MaySold out

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A Theatre for Dreamers

Polly Samson with Jenny Eclair

Polly Samson discusses her new book set in the 1960s’ bohemian heat and creativity of the Greek island of Hydra.

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Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister

Jung Chang with Hilary Spurling

Jung Chang recounts the lives of three women at the heart of twentieth-century China.

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Anne Brontë: 200 Years

Adjoa Andoh, Isabel Greenberg and Jackie Kay with Cathy Newman

To mark the 200th anniversary of Anne Brontë’s birth, celebrate her work with conversation and live readings.

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17 MaySold out

Vienna: Fin de Siècle to Fascism

Tom Stoppard with Patrick Marber

Tom Stoppard and Patrick Marber discuss Leopoldstadt, a play tracing the trajectory of the Jewish community of Vienna.

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19 May

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Decades of Change

Lennie Goodings with Joan Bakewell

Lennie Goodings and Joan Bakewell consider the ways in which society has changed since the ’70s

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Bloomsbury Rebels

Sarah Watling and Pippa Harris with Nicolette Jones

Rediscover the lives of the Olivier sisters in a conversation about family and history with Sarah Watling and Pippa Harris.

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Bricks & Mortar

Hannah Rothschild and Emily Brand with Rebecca Rideal

Hannah Rothschild and Emily Brand discuss historical fiction, family, and the wonderful inspiration that buildings can provide.

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Carol Ann Duffy & Friends: In Green

Carol Ann Duffy, Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker and Ella Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy curates an evening of poetry on the theme of the environment and artistic responses to the climate crisis.

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20 MaySold out

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Circles & Squares

Mo Moulton and Francesca Wade with Frances Spalding

Mo Moulton and Francesca Wade discuss the activists and experimenters who lived in interwar London and Oxford.

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Generations

Maggi Hambling with Robert Diament

Maggi Hambling reflects on art across the generations in light of her late father Harry Hambling, a self-taught watercolour painter.

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The Truth Will Set You Free

Gloria Steinem

Gloria Steinem speaks about her latest book, The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off!

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Jeremy Hutchinson Memorial Lecture

Lady Hale with Shami Chakrabarti

Lady Hale reflects on her legal career and celebrates Jeremy Hutchinson’s life and impact in a special lecture.

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