with Sigrid Rausing, Ayòbámi Adébáyò, Kathryn Mannix, Lindsey Fitzharris and Meredith Wadman. Hosted by Rick Edwards.
On the eve of the Wellcome Book Prize ceremony, five of the finalists gather to share their stories and, in a spirit of friendly competition, vie for the £30,000 prize. Join us to hear tales of maverick surgeons, renegade pioneers, tragic addiction, heartrending infertility, and the end that awaits us all. The Wellcome Book Prize is awarded annually to celebrate the many ways in which literature can illuminate the breadth and depth of our relationship with health, medicine and illness. This year, we’ll be taking over Cecil Sharp House to bring you a Sunday afternoon of stimulation, information and inspiration. Hosted by author and broadcaster Rick Edwards. Featuring: Sigrid Rausing on her memoir about the impact of addiction on a family, Mayhem Lyndsey Fitzharris on her story of a visionary British surgeon who changed medicine forever, in The Butchering Art Ayòbámi Adébáyò on what wanting a child can do to a person, a marriage and a family with Stay With Me Kathryn Mannix on the biggest taboo in our society and the only certainty we all share: death, With the End in Mind Meredith Wadman on the major scientific breakthrough that led to the creation of some of the world’s most important vaccines with The Vaccine Race. Also shortlisted is Mark O’Connell for To Be A Machine. Mark is unable to join us for the event. Read more.
In this unmissable conversation Jaron Lanier, one of the most celebrated pioneers of digital innovation in the world, who first alerted us to the dangers of social media, will draw on his insider’s expertise to explain precisely how social media works – by deploying constant surveillance and subconscious manipulation of its users – and why its cruel and dangerous effects are at the heart of its current business model and design. Offering ten simple arguments for liberating ourselves from its addictive hold, Jaron Lanier will also outline a vision for an alternative that provides all the benefits of social media without the harm. Read more.
An unmissable Chopin literary and musical evening in the magical setting of Burgh House, Hampstead with Paul Kildea, the former artistic director of Wigmore Hall, talking about and playing extracts from Chopin’s 24 Preludes. In November 1838 Frédéric Chopin, George Sand and her two children sailed to Majorca to escape the Parisian winter. They settled in an abandoned monastery in the mountains above Palma, where Chopin finished one of the great works of musical Romanticism – his 24 Preludes. There was scarcely a decent piano on the island, so Chopin worked on a small pianino made by a local craftsman, which remained in their monastic cell for seventy years after he and Sand had left. This talk traces the history of Chopin’s 24 Preludes through the instruments on which they were played, the pianists who interpreted them and the traditions they came to represent. It begins and ends with the Majorcan pianino, which during the Second World War assumed an astonishing cultural potency as it became, for the Nazis, a symbol of the man and music they were determined to claim as their own. Venue: Burgh House – Music Room 3 Read more.