The Consequence of Love

Fiction

The Consequence of Love

Wed 22 Nov

What happens when the past collides with the present, passion with reason? Sandra Howard talks about her novel of lost loves, deceits and second chances.

M: MI5’s Greatest Spymaster

History

M: MI5’s Greatest Spymaster

Wed 22 Nov

Historian Henry Hemming tells us the story of Maxwell Knight, the maverick MI5 officer, better known as ‘M’, a complex, a conflicted character and an inspiration for the James Bond ‘M’ as well as John Le Carré’s Jack Brotherhood in A Perfect Spy.

Look Who’s Back

Film

Look Who’s Back

Wed 22 Nov

When Adolf Hitler reawakens at the site of his former bunker 70 years later, he's mistaken for a brilliant comedian and becomes a media phenomenon. The film, based on the bestselling novel by Timur Vermes, translated into English by Jamie Bulloch, was a huge hit in Germany.

German round table

World

German round table

Wed 22 Nov

Can Germany keep reinventing itself? From its dark 20th century history, it has emerged as the keystone of Europe, welcoming refugees fleeing war. Once a city cleaved apart, Berlin is now an open-minded cultural capital.

Partners in crime

Crime Fiction

Partners in crime

Thu 23 Nov

with Simon Booker and Mel McGrath

Killer Crime Writing

Crime Fiction

Killer Crime Writing

Thu 23 Nov

Police procedurals, literary crime, dark ‘cosy crime’…Three distinct styles from three popular crime writers in discussion with Lennox Morrison about their novels and the real-life stories that have inspired them.

Anthony Powell

Literature

Anthony Powell

Thu 23 Nov

Acclaimed literary biographer Hilary Spurling turns her attention to Anthony Powell, an iconic figure of English letters. Equally notorious for his literary achievements and his lacerating wit, Powell famously authored the twelve-volume, twenty-five year magnum opus,

A.C. Grayling on Democracy and its crisis

Politics

A.C. Grayling on Democracy and its crisis

Thu 23 Nov

Philosopher A.C. Grayling talks about the failure of the best political system we have: democracy and about how to put it right. In at least two of its leading examples in today’s world, the United States and the United Kingdom, ‘representative democracy’ has been made to fail.

Marion Deuchars on Colours

Art

Marion Deuchars on Colours

Fri 24 Nov

Internationally acclaimed, award-winning illustrator, Marion Deuchars makes us experience colour afresh by seeing how colours’ work together and apart.

The Last Art Film + Q&A with Jake Auerbach

Art

The Last Art Film + Q&A with Jake Auerbach

Fri 24 Nov

This is a film about art; not the history of art or the academic study of art or the fluctuations in the art market or the latest exhibition but it is about what starts artists off and what keeps them going.

The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington

Art

The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington

Fri 24 Nov

In 2006 journalist Joanna Moorhead discovered that her father's cousin, regarded as a black sheep had become a national treasure in Mexico, where she lived.

Susie Orbach: In therapy

Well Being

Susie Orbach: In therapy

Fri 24 Nov

Susie Orbach, the bestselling author of Fat is a Feminist Issue and Bodies, has been a psychotherapist for over forty years. Insightful and honest about a process often necessarily shrouded in secrecy, she explores what goes on in the process of therapy.

Beyond Mindfulness Workshop

Workshop

Beyond Mindfulness Workshop

Sat 25 Nov

This workshop begins where other Mindfulness courses end.

Let's Go On A Big Adventure!

Children and Families

Let's Go On A Big Adventure!

Sat 25 Nov

Every big adventure is just a lot of little adventures added together. Let Robert Twigger teach you how to catch a giant snake or find Zombies, how to avoid a charging bear or wear a Bedouin headscarf during a sandstorm but above all, show what it is really like to experience a big adventure.

Capture Your Story with artist Jim Lockey

Workshop

Capture Your Story with artist Jim Lockey

Sat 25 Nov

Explore the bizarre world of early digital photography with Jim Lockey and a Game Boy Camera.

The Gender Games

Well Being

The Gender Games

Sat 25 Nov

Juno tells not only her own story, but the story of everyone who is shaped by society's expectations of gender - and what we can do about it.

Creative Writing Workshop

Workshop

Creative Writing Workshop

Sat 25 Nov

This year's workshop will appeal to all budding authors - the importance of editing and how to get the best out of your work via the process of rewriting and editing.

Sibling Relationships

Well Being

Sibling Relationships

Sat 25 Nov

In her latest book, clinical psychologist and Telegraph columnist Linda Blair shows you how to deal with sibling conflict—and then more importantly, how to create the strongest bonds possible between siblings.

Micromastery with Robert Twigger

Well Being

Micromastery with Robert Twigger

Sat 25 Nov

Robert Twigger will show you that whether it's making a perfect soufflé, dancing a tango or lighting a fire, taking the time to cultivate small and quantifiable areas of expertise, will change everything.

The Art of Gentle Protest

Well Being

The Art of Gentle Protest

Sat 25 Nov

If we want our world to be more beautiful, kind and fair, then shouldn’t some of our activism be beautiful, kind and fair?

Miles Jupp and Damien Trench in conversation with Andy Miller

Food

Miles Jupp and Damien Trench in conversation with Andy Miller

Sat 25 Nov

Andy Miller interviews food writer Damien Trench and comedian Miles Jupp.

Baba Yaga & Other Stories

Children and Families

Baba Yaga & Other Stories

Sun 26 Nov

Come and hear about Baba Yaga, the witch who flies around in a mortar and dwells in a hut that stands on a chicken leg, a magic fish, or a firebird…

Michael Pennington: Chekhov in Siberia

Literature

Michael Pennington: Chekhov in Siberia

Sun 26 Nov

In this powerful one-man performance, actor and scholar Michael Pennington brings to life Anton Chekhov’s 4,000 miles’ journey across Russia to conduct a survey of the penal colonies on Sakhalin Island in 1890.

Unleash Your Inner Storyteller

Workshop

Unleash Your Inner Storyteller

Sun 26 Nov

Storytelling Workshop (for adults)

Russian Revolution

History

Russian Revolution

Sun 26 Nov

Two great historians, Helen Rappaport, author of acclaimed books on the Romanovs, 1917, Lenin and Stalin, and Victor Sebestyen, author of Lenin the Dictator: An Intimate portrait, retrace the origins of the revolution and its developments.

Who Lost Russia? How the World Entered a New Cold War

History

Who Lost Russia? How the World Entered a New Cold War

Sun 26 Nov

In this provocative new work, based on exclusive interviews with key players either side of the new divide, Peter Conradi addresses the failures of understanding on both sides over the past twenty-five years and outlines how we can get relations back on track before it’s too late.

The Man with a Thousand Faces: Boris Akunin

Fiction

The Man with a Thousand Faces: Boris Akunin

Sun 26 Nov

Boris Akunin (pen-name of Grigory Chkhartishvili) – famous as Russia’s leading detective and crime writer, also writes ‘serious’ literary novels as well as essays, history books and plays. He has been compared to Gogol, Tolstoy and Arthur Conan Doyle for the Erast Fandorin books.

The Anna Karenina Fix

Literature

The Anna Karenina Fix

Sun 26 Nov

Award-winning comedian and author Viv Groskop has discovered the meaning of life in Russian literature.

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