On Sunday 4th November we’ll be visiting West Norwood Feast – the monthly community-run street market festival that takes place in nearby West Norwood on the first Sunday of every month from April to November.
With Tim Bird
Local place names such as Forest Hill, Honor Oak and, of course, Norwood remind us that this area was once covered in woodland. The Great North Wood, of which only small patches now remain, has a past rich in legend and folklore.
With Giles Milton
D-Day, 6th June 1944. An epic battle that involved 156,000 men, 7,000 ships and 20,000 armoured vehicles. Almost 75 years have passed since this day when the outcome of the Second World War hung in the balance.
Melissa Harrison in conversation with Alex Preston ‘What a brilliant and timely novel All Among The Barley is. Deeply evocative of a historical moment – rural England between the wars, before mechanisation – it is also, unmistakably, about questions that press hard on us now…. This is an important book by a writer of great gifts.’ Robert Macfarlane
Jo Brand in conversation with Brenda Gilhooly
In this centenary year of partial women’s suffrage, we are thrilled and honoured to have the inimitable Jo Brand with us to talk about what it means to be female today. One of the UK’s best and best-loved comics, Jo is renowned for her sharp wit, self-deprecation and feminist values.
Kamal Ahmed in conversation with Anita Sethi Britain has found it hard to have the conversation about what it has become, now it has arrived in the 21st century. Our very Britishness has stopped us talking about our very Britishness.
The folk-memory of Britain in the decades before the Great War is of a powerful, prosperous and proud country. Yet below the surface, this was a time of turbulence and transformation. From ‘Votes for Women’, Irish Home Rule and the radical Labour movement to the invention of the motor-car, the sensationalist press and the science fiction of H. G. Wells.
Louis de Bernières
Poetry was Louis de Bernières’ first literary love. He returns to the form with his new work, The Cat in the Treble Clef, in which he reflects on family and the connections we make, and break, with other people. This beautiful collection contains moving poems to and about his family, about places near and far, the passing of time, music and about love in its various forms.
Jean Moorcroft Wilson in conversation with Matthew Green
Sunday 11th November 2018 marks the centenary of the signing of the Armistice. Throughout this day we have events that explore the idea of war in different ways. We begin with a special event about the poets of the First Word War and the idea of Remembrance.
Sulaiman Addonia and Michael Hughes with Stephanie Cross
Silence is my Mother Tongue tells the story of Saba, who arrives in an East African refugee camp as a young girl. Challenging our expectations of the refugee experience, Sulaiman Addonia lyrically depicts love in a time of conflict and reflects on the stories we must tell to survive. The story of The Iliad moves to Northern Ireland in 1996, a time of uneasy ceasefire, in Michael Hughes’ Country. A visceral and gripping tour-de-force, Country explores the brutal glory of armed conflict and the bitter tragedy of those on both sides who offer their lives to defend the honour o...
Jane Glover in conversation with Elizabeth Nicholson
Enter the world of music-making, theatrical rivalries and high society in eighteenth-century London, as celebrated conductor Jane Glover talks to Elizabeth Nicholson, the Director of the Handel House Trust, about the story of Handel’s life in the capital. Jane’s profound understanding of music and of musicians and her experience of conducting Handel’s work in opera houses and concert halls throughout the world makes her the perfect chronicler of his life and his music.
Lindsey Hilsum ‘It has always seemed to me that what I write is about humanity in extremis, pushed to the unendurable, and that it is important to tell people what really happens in wars.’ Marie Colvin, 2001
July 1985, Moscow. A middle-aged man stands on a busy pavement, holding a plastic carrier bag. In his grey suit and tie, he looks like any other Soviet citizen. The bag alone is somewhat conspicuous, printed with the red logo of Safeway, the British supermarket….