There are some fantastic talks coming up this autumn – here are a selection of our favourites:
The annual Kew Gardens writers Festival, Write on Kew, starts Thursday 22nd September and there are still some great tickets to be snapped up. We’re particularly keen to hear Alexander Masters, Rose Tremain, Sarah Raven, William Sitwell, Tracy Borman, Marina Lewycka, Brian Blessed, Anne Sebba, Joan Bakewell, Oliver James & Alexander McCall Smith.
On Wednesday 28th September, Vivienne Westwood is giving a free talk as part of the LSE Resist Festival about how to oppose the current Financial and Political systems. If you haven’t ever heard Westwood in person, be prepared for political debate rather than any fashion frippery.
The Serpentine Gallery have come up trumps with their selection of guest speakers for their eleventh annual Marathon, starting 8th October. Centred on the theme ‘Miracle Marathon’, i.e. the way that the imagination can predict and even play a part in affecting long-term futures, speakers include Neil MacGregor, Es Devlin, Alice Rawsthorn, Adam Thirlwell, Edna O’Brien, Andrew O’Hagan, Marcus du Sautoy and Christo.
And Alan Bennett reads from Keeping On Keeping on, his follow-up book to Writing Home and Untold Stories on the 23rd November, part of the excellent series of Platforms talks at the National Theatre that also includes Ruth Wilson, Ivan van Hove and Patrick Marber talking about their latest production of Hedda Gabler as well as David Hare and John Simenon on The Red Barn.