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...