February 21, 2019
With Catharine Arnold, Stephen Roberts, Seema Yasmin, Clare Wenham
100 years since the 1918-20 influenza epidemic non-fiction writers and global health specialists discuss how pandemics through time have reshaped our societies, and explore the stories behind scientific and social data.
Women in Power
March 8, 2019
With Helena Kennedy, Gina Miller, Rachel Reeves
On International Women’s Day 2019, we bring together three women working in the fields of business, law and politics to discuss the politics of power, affecting change through writing, and what it means to be a woman with influence.
March 25, 2019
With Sarah Perry, Kate Mosse, Samira Ahmed
Sarah Perry and Kate Mosse reflect on writing Gothic fiction for a modern reader.
The Spirit of a Place
April 16, 2019
With Alan Johnson, Hisham Matar, Pascale Petit, Peter Pomerantsev, Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough
Celebrating 15 years of the RSL Ondaatje Prize, four past winners discuss the challenges and delights of writing to evoke the spirit of a place.
Literature Matters: On Memory and Migration
May 10, 2019
With Homi K. Bhabha, Shahidha Bari
Homi K. Bhabha interrogates cultural change and power, and how what we read shapes the ways in which we exist.
Literature Matters: Breaking Ground
June 27, 2019
With Val McDermid, Jeanette Winterson
Val McDermid and Jeanette Winterson to reflect on the importance of literature to society, how what we read shapes the people we are, and whether we should all be listening more closely to our writers.