Grassroots Protest: Activism from Below
Change begins from below. Conway Hall and Bloomsbury Festival host two grassroots activists as they describe their protests and outcomes of their campaigning. Leila Hassan and Andy Worthington discuss marching against racism in the 1980s, protesting the New Cross Fire murders, seeking justice for British Guantanamo detainees and much more.
She Who Struggles: Revolutionary Women Who Shaped the World
Rosa Luxemburg, Claudia Jones, and Leila Khaled may have joined Lenin, Mao, and Che in the pantheon of twentieth-century revolutionaries, but the histories in which they figure remain unjustly dominated by men. In this talk, activists Sorcha Thomson and Marral Shamshiri set the record straight, revealing how women have contributed to revolutionary movements across the world.
Spirit of Place: Landscape and Self
When we look at the landscape, what do we see? Do we experience the view over a valley or dappled sunlight on a path in the same way as those who were there before us? How does our own vision of the landscape reflect – and be affected by – art and literature? Authors Will Ashon and Dr Susan Owens explore what we see in the British landscape and how place and history shape us.
Thinking in Pictures: Adventures in Trying to be Smart
Why think in pictures? Short answer: because the words seem to need help. Using illustrations and photographs, Michael Blastland shows how pictures can help put ideas to the test, making them vivid, showing them in action.
Free and Equal: What Would a Fair Society Look Like?
Taking a humane and egalitarian liberalism as his starting point, Daniel Chandler builds a careful and ultimately irresistible case for a progressive agenda that would fundamentally reshape our societies for the better.
Utopian Dreams on the Streets of London
For centuries London has been the captial of utopian thought. A city of fervent imaginings and courageous aspirations. Niall Kishtainy draws us into the imaginative worlds of Thomas More, the Diggers, William Morris, Extinction Rebellion protestors and the queen of Claremont Road.
Food is an ethical issue. Join the discussion with author of Avocado Anxiety, Louise Gray, alongside Ruth Westcott, Campaign Coordinator for Sustain, as they explore the stories of our five-a-day, from farm to fruit bowl food and discover the impact that our appetite has on the planet.
Autism and ADHD: Living and Loving on the Spectrum
There are way more autistic and ADHD, and many other neurodivergent people, out there. As diagnosis increases, society is getting an ever-deepening understanding of the differing minds within us. ADHD Love's Roxanne Emery and Richard Pink, together with comedian Ria Lina, discuss living as an undiagnosed ADHD and autistic person, what diagnosis means, life, relationships, work and what it means to be on the spectrum today.
The Lost Paths: A History of How We Walk from Here to There
Hundreds of thousands of miles of paths reach into, and connect, communities across England and Wales. By 2026, 10,000 miles of undiscovered footpaths around Britain stand to be lost. Jack Cornish has dedicated the last five years of his life to walking these forgotten routes. After dedicating his time and energy to fighting for their survival, The Lost Paths is Jack’s personal journey and exploration of the deep history of English and Welsh footways.