Classic Events

Join us as we relive some of highlights of last year’s Spring and Winter festivals – here you’ll find stimulation, entertainment and enlightenment. 

Afua Hirsch and Preti Taneja

Recorded Spring Festival 2018

In April 2018 an event took place on our Cambridge stage that neither participant had ever imagined being part of.  The conversation was powerful, illuminating and incredibly relevant given what is happening today. 

Two BAME women, one a graduate of Oxford the other of Cambridge, were invited to talk about their books and their experience of racism in Britain.  Afua Hirsch, Guardian and Sky News journalist joined Preti Taneja, winner of the Desmond Elliot Prize to discuss Afua’s new book Brit(ish).

A book that describes the everyday racism that plagues British society.  ‘This is the book for our divided and dangerous times’ David Olusoga

Everyone should listen.

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Andre Aciman

Find Me

Recorded Winter Festival 2019

The author of Call Me By Your Name and Find Me talks movingly about the enduring power of life, the process of writing and the experience of seeing his work translated to the big screen.

Richard Ayoade

Ayoade on Top

Recorded Winter Festival 2019

Tom Gatti, of the New Statesman, talks to the wonderfully funny comedian, writer, director, presenter and filmmaker Richard Ayoade about his laugh out loud book. 

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Lucy Ellman

Ducks, Newburyport

Recorded Winter Festival 2019

Lucy Ellman 2019’s winner of The Goldsmith’s Prize was in conversation with Anna Leszkiewicz, culture editor for the New Statesman last November.

 

Published by Galley Beggar Press, a small independent publisher from Norwich, the 1000-page Ducks, Newburyport is written almost entirely in one sentence. It has been compared to the work of great modernist writers such as James Joyce.
 

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Azadeh Moaveni

Guest House for Young Widows

Recorded Winter Festival 2019

Azadeh Moaveni’s Guest House for Young Widows takes us into the world of the ISIS brides: young women who have found themselves at the heart of the 21st century’s most brutal regime. What motivates them, and where is the line between victim and collaborator? 

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Rob Hopkins

From What If to What Is

Recorded Winter Festival 2019

With the news of climate-breakdown and biodiversity-loss worse by the day, has the time come for a Transition in the way we live? Permaculture designer Rob Hopkins founded the Transition Town network in Totnes in 2006.

It's now a global movement – including a thriving Cambridge branch. Through the stories of individuals and communities around the world who are ‘doing stuff’, Rob reveals new hope for a sustainable future. In conversation with Hettie O’Brien, online editor at the New Statesman. 

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Louise Doughty 

Platform Seven 

Recorded Winter Festival 2019

Louise Doughty’s smash-hit psychological thriller Apple Tree Yard took us into the uneasy territory of coercion and deceit.

 

Her latest, Platform Seven, revisits these troubling topics, but this time with an added twist – her central character is a ghost.

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Peter Pomerantsev 

This Is Not Propaganda 

Recorded Winter Festival 2019

Truth is disintegrating; information is a weapon; reality is under siege. In This is Not Propaganda, Pomerantsev confronts this brave new world head on, taking us from the Vote Leave campaign to disinformation in Syria to the troll factories of Russia in a sobering but highly necessary journey.

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Joanna Cannon

Breaking and Mending

Recorded Winter Festival 2019

Before she became a bestselling novelist (The Trouble with Goats and Sheep), Cannon trained in medicine, eventually specialising in psychiatry. Breaking and Mending is her memoir of the NHS as viewed from the inside: the care and compassion, but also the fear and the panic; the entrenched hierarchies, the breaking of bad news – and the moments of connection that make it all worthwhile.

 

Join her In conversation with the glorious Jo Browning Wroe, writer and teacher.

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Carrie Gracie

Equal

Recorded Winter Festival 2019

Carrie Gracie’s battle with the BBC over gender pay inequality made headlines in 2018, cracking open a world of opaque and secretive man-to-man (and it was usually men) agreements, and triggering a parliamentary inquiry.

 

In Equal, the former BBC China editor tells her own story for the first time, exploring the impact of inequality in the workplace and proposing a new way forward for employees and employers, male and female alike. In conversation with Kavita Puri, journalist and author 

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Will Eaves

Murmur

Recorded Winter Festival 2019

Joint winner of the 2019 Republic of Consciousness Prize for small presses and winner of the 2019 Wellcome Prize, Will Eaves’ Murmur takes its inspiration from Alan Turing’s life in the aftermath of his conviction for homosexuality.

 

Following its protagonist Alec Pryor through his treatment and subsequent therapy, Murmur offers a haunting, dreamlike meditation on the nature of consciousness and human connection. In conversation with Elif Shafak, writer and chair of the 2019 Wellcome Prize 

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Gaia Vince 

Transcendence

Recorded Winter Festival 2019

Award-winning science writer Gaia Vince, author of Adventures in the Anthropocene and the new Transcendence, retells the story of evolution.

Exploring how humans came to dominate the planet through a combination of genes, environment and culture, she also looks forward to what we might become in the future.