Celebrate the Sisterhood: 150 Years of Little Women

Reading Group

Celebrate the Sisterhood: 150 Years of Little Women

Sun 25 Nov

What is the secret of the enduring popularity of Little Women? What is it about this novel that continues to speak to new generations of readers?

Pinkerton Mystery and How to Write a Great Story

Family

Pinkerton Mystery and How to Write a Great Story

Sun 25 Nov

In a lively talk illustrated by images from her books, including the Pinkerton Mystery, a new series set in the Wild West, packed with danger and deadly desperados, million-selling author Caroline Lawrence shares some of her best writing tips.

Lynne Murphy: The Prodigal Tongue: The Love-Hate Relationship Between British and American English

Language

Lynne Murphy: The Prodigal Tongue: The Love-Hate Relationship Between British and American English

Sun 25 Nov

Lynne Murphy, an American linguist living in England, dives into the war of words being waged over the Atlantic.

Dharshini David: The Almighty Dollar

Economy

Dharshini David: The Almighty Dollar

Sun 25 Nov

Have you ever wondered why we can afford to buy far more clothes than our grandparents ever could . . . but may be less likely to own a home in which to keep them all? Why your petrol bill can double in a matter of months, but it never falls as fast? Behind all of this lies economics.

Brian Klaas: The Despot's Apprentice: Trump's attack on democracy

Politics

Brian Klaas: The Despot's Apprentice: Trump's attack on democracy

Sun 25 Nov

An expert on authoritarianism, Brian Klaas argues forcefully that with every autocratic tactic or tweet, Trump further erodes democratic norms in the world's most powerful democracy.

Sarah Churchwell: Behold, America: A History of America First and the American Dream

History

Sarah Churchwell: Behold, America: A History of America First and the American Dream

Sun 25 Nov

What does it mean to put America first, and what exactly are Americans supposed to be dreaming of - personal wealth, public power, racial equality, political refuge, individual freedoms? What happens when these values collide?

Woody Guthrie and the Dust Bowl Ballad

Performance

Woody Guthrie and the Dust Bowl Ballad

Sun 25 Nov

In this talk interspersed with tunes, Nick Hayes brings a legend to life and shows how music refuses to obey the arbitrary borders set out by states, and how culture steals and appropriates as part of its organic growth.

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