Following his sold-out talk last May on Oratory, David Crystal is back with a talk on how language works. Focusing on the most simple, unassuming, innocent-looking verb – to be, he will show how it is jam-packed with more different meanings, forms, and uses than any other English word. In The Story Of Be, David Crystal will takes us through 26 of the verb’s incarnations, and in doing so, show us how our flexible and changing language works. Bringing the story to life will be a host of examples from sources as varied as Beowulf, Jane Austen, pantomime, Hamlet (of course), and Star Wars, plus twenty cartoons from Ed McLachlan and Punch. Read more.