James Shapiro talks to Jerry Brotton: Hay Festival

The Samuel Johnson Prize-winning author of 1599 offers an intimate portrait of one of Shakespeare’s most inspired moments: the year of King Lear, Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra. 1606, while a very good year for Shakespeare, is a fraught one for England....

Tim Whitmarsh at the Hay Festival

Long before the Enlightenment sowed the seeds of disbelief in a deeply Christian Europe, atheism was a matter of serious public debate in the Greek world. But history is written by those who prevail, and the Age of Faith mostly suppressed the lively, free-thinking voices of antiquity. The A G...

Brix Smith-Start at Stoke Newington Literary Festival

Brix’s memoir, The Rise, The Fall, and The Rise is an extraordinary tale of 10 years in possibly the most powerful and influential post-punk band in the world, of growing up in a dilapidated pink mansion in the Hollywood Hills and a life of extreme ups and downs: from luxury to...

Julia Copus at Fertility Fest London

In the first event of its kind in the UK, Fertility Fest will bring together over twenty of the country’s leading writers, visual artists, theatre-makers, film-directors and composers alongside some of the country’s foremost fertility experts in...