18 - 28 February 2016
There is such a great programme this year that we could recommend almost every one of their talks. If we had to pick, however, these would be our top events: Simon Sebag Montefiore on The Romanovs and Hadley Freeman on the best 80s films (both are preview events on 8th and 13th February). Followed by Meg Rosoff talking to Rowan Pelling about her first book for adults; writer and illustrator Judith Kerr, author of The Tiger Who Came To Tea, on her own life; Natalie Livingstone and Claudia Renton both discuss their hit books The Mistresses of Clivedon and Those Wild Wyndhams; Ben Okra and Marcus du Sautoy explore narrative form in literature and maths; Simon Schama on a selection of Jewish British Artists; Edmund de Waal discusses his obsession with porcelain; Jason Solomons on Woody Allen films; Julia Peyton-Jones talks to Francine Prose about her new book on Peggy Guggenheim; Howard Jacobson on his latest novel, a re-telling of The Merchant of Venice and Tracy Chevalier and Esther Freud discuss Reader, I Married Him, an anthology of stories inspired by Jane Eyre to which they are both contributors. Finally, don’t miss a late addition to the programme, a discussion between Simon Kuper and Jonathan Fenby called What is Going On in France? A fascinating subject and if you’ve read Kuper’s columns in the FT, you’ll know he’s a writer and journalist definitely worth listening to.