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George Saunders: Crafting Short Stories
Wed 21st April | 6:00pm | Live Online

George Saunders: Crafting Short Stories

LIVE EVENT

George Saunders presents his latest work A Swim in a Pond in the Rain, a literary masterclass on what makes great stories work.

In partnership with the New Statesman
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Maggie O’Farrell: Hamnet
Wed 21st April | 7:30pm | Online

Maggie O’Farrell: Hamnet

Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet is a bold, clever and flawless re-imagining of Shakespeare’s family life and the deserving Winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020. Join her as she shares its genesis and genius. 
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Rachel Long & Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan: An Evening of Poetry
Wed 21st April | 8:45pm | Online

Rachel Long & Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan: An Evening of Poetry

We are disappointed to announce that this event is cancelled owing to unforeseen circumstances. If you've already purchased a ticket for the event, we'll be in touch as soon as possible with details surrounding ticket refunds.
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Giles Fraser: Between Christianity & Judaism
Thu 22nd April | 10:00am | Online

Giles Fraser: Between Christianity & Judaism

Admired and controversial preacher and broadcaster Giles Fraser presents his most improbable of books, Chosen: Lost and Found Between Christianity and Judaism.

Part of the Baillie Gifford Non-fiction Series
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Naomi Ishiguro & Julianne Pachico
Thu 22nd April | 11:15am | Online

Naomi Ishiguro & Julianne Pachico

Come and meet two talented writers, Naomi Ishiguro and Julianne Pachico, as they discuss their writing, identity, multiculturalism, and diversity. 
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Martin Shaw & Jay Griffiths: Looking to the Wild
Thu 22nd April | 12:30pm | Online

Martin Shaw & Jay Griffiths: Looking to the Wild

Jay Griffiths and Martin Shaw share concerns about the threats to our existence – the climate crisis, misogyny, racism, fascism, addictive technology, and fake news amongst them. Part of the Baillie Gifford Non-fiction Series
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Debut Writers: Megan Nolan, Robert Jones Jr & Jo Lloyd
Thu 22nd April | 2:00pm | Online

Debut Writers: Megan Nolan, Robert Jones Jr & Jo Lloyd

Join Alex Clark to meet some of the brightest new stars in contemporary fiction: Megan Nolan, Robert Jones Jr and Jo Lloyd. 
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John Preston: The Mystery of Robert Maxwell
Thu 22nd April | 3:30pm | Online

John Preston: The Mystery of Robert Maxwell

Join John Preston, author of the recently released film The Dig and A Very English Scandal, to present his jaw-dropping life story of notorious business tycoon Robert Maxwell.

Part of the Baillie Gifford Non-fiction Series
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Tim Dee & Stephen Moss
Thu 22nd April | 5:00pm | Online

Tim Dee & Stephen Moss

Two of our finest nature writers, Tim Dee and Stephen Moss, join forces to discuss their new books, the spring equinox, bird migration, and why the natural world is an endless source of awe, wonder, and concern.

In partnership with New Statesman
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Mike Berners-Lee & Caroline Lucas: There Is No Planet B
Thu 22nd April | 6:30pm | Live Online

Mike Berners-Lee & Caroline Lucas: There Is No Planet B

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As humans, we still have a chance to live better than ever on Planet Earth. But how do we halt the unfolding climate disaster? Join Mike Berners-Lee, author of There Is No Planet B, and Caroline Lucas MP to find out.

With thanks to the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust
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Brian Bilston: An Evening of Poetry
Thu 22nd April | 8:00pm | Online

Brian Bilston: An Evening of Poetry

Let Brian Bilston warm your heart and make you laugh for the joy of it as he reads from his latest book of poems: Alexa, what is there to know about love?   
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Simon Garfield in Conversation with Nicky Campbell
Fri 23rd April | 10:00am | Online

Simon Garfield in Conversation with Nicky Campbell

Attention dog lovers! Join Simon Garfield and Nicky Campbell to investigate the unique bond between dogs and humans and their innate ability to enhance our lives.

Part of the Baillie Gifford Non-fiction Series
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Maeve McClenaghan: Life and Death Among the UK's Forgotten Homeless
Fri 23rd April | 11:15am | Online

Maeve McClenaghan: Life and Death Among the UK's Forgotten Homeless

Homelessness is on the rise. Award-winning journalist Maeve McClenaghan’s book, No Fixed Abode, offers the first comprehensive picture of homelessness in Britain today. Come along to find out the facts and how we can all help.

This event is supported by Cooke Curtis & Co
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Maria Stepanova & Sasha Dugdale: In Memory of Memory
Fri 23rd April | 12:30pm | Online

Maria Stepanova & Sasha Dugdale: In Memory of Memory

Maria Stepanova, award-winning Russian poet, essayist and journalist is joined by her translator, Sasha Dugdale, to discuss In Memory of Memory, a bold exploration of cultural and personal memory published in English for the first time.

Part of the Baillie Gifford Non-fiction Series
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