Gill Bennett on Spies, Lies and Disinformation - 5 June
People might be forgiven, in the current avalanche of stories about fake news, robot social media accounts and subversion, for thinking that we live in an age where the old conventions of governance, information and public discourse no long apply. Surely, therefore, the world of secret intelligence has also been so transformed by technology as to be unrecognisable to readers of Ian Fleming, Deighton and Le Carré? This lecture will show that techniques in use today, including disinformation, are as old as human history; and that despite the march of technology, the principles, practices and requirements of the intelligence world have evolved rather than changed. In some ways the role of the human agent ‒the spy ‒ is more important than ever.
Gill Bennett was Chief Historian of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1995‒2005.
Andrew Marr on Democracy: Is British Politics Broken? - 12 June
The question of the moment: Is British politics broken? And if so, what should we do to mend it?
The Brexit referendum vote has divided the country and created turmoil within the fragile tradition of parliamentary democracy. Where are we headed? Andrew Marr steers us around an increasingly turbulent political scene.
Isabella Tree on Wilding: The Return of Nature to a British Farm - 19 June
After being forced to accept that intensive farming was unviable on their Sussex farm, Isabella Tree and her husband handed their 3,500 acre farm back to nature. The rewilded land is now heaving with life and biodiversity. The project has become a beacon of light for nature conservation in the UK, demonstrating how a hands-off approach can restore land and wildlife in a dramatically short space of time.
Daniel Rosenthal on Dramatic Exchanges: The Lives and Letters of the National Theatre - 26 June
Join Daniel Rosenthal, author of The National Theatre Story, and special theatrical guests as they explore the most compelling correspondence and performances from fifty-five years of National Theatre history.
Nicci Gerrard on What Dementia Teaches Us About Love - 3 July
After her father’s death from dementia, the writer and campaigner Nicci Gerrard set out to explore the illness that now touches millions of us, yet which we still struggle to speak about. What does dementia mean, for those who live with it, and those who care for them? What does it tell us about memory, language, identity, ageing and the notion of what it truly means to care? How do we begin to value those who become old, invisible, forgotten? What do we owe them and each other as humans? What, in the end, really matters? What, as the title of her book asks, does dementia teach us about love?
Nicci Gerrard is author of the book What Dementia Teaches Us About Love; and in partnership with her husband she is the celebrated novelist Nicci French.
David Nott: War Doctor – Surgery on the Front Line - 10 July
For over twenty-five years, David Nott has taken unpaid leave from his job as a general and vascular surgeon with the NHS to volunteer in some of the world’s most dangerous war zones. From Sarajevo to Aleppo he has carried out his life-saving operations and field surgery in the most challenging conditions and with scant resources. Driven by compassion and a thrill of danger, he is widely acknowledged to be the most experienced trauma surgeon in the world. Together with his wife, he has set up a foundation training other doctors to save lives threatened by bombs and bullets.
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The talks run from 7.00 – 8.00pm including Q & A. Bookselling follows. Doors – and the bar – are open from 6.30PM.
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