Vital Discussions On Demand is a series of conversations created by the Royal Society for Literature.
Ruth Padel is joined by Lisa Appignanesi for a timely discussion about loss and memory, parents and children, the fragility of life, and the Holocaust on Crete. In reflections on art, music and archaeology, two RSL Fellow writers explore eras of instability and how culture helps us to understand them.
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On a rare visit to Britain Thomas Keneally, author of the Booker Prize-winning Schindler’s Ark, talked to Margie Orford about his new work The Book Of Science & Antiquities, a bold, millennia-spanning novel about what it means to be human. This event was livestreamed from the British Library on 29 August 2019 to public libraries across the UK. All views expressed are the speakers' own. Please note this event contains strong language.
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This event took place on: 28 September 2021.
As home to multiple indigenous populations as well as more than 40,000 plant species, 2.5 million insect species and 2,000 mammals, the Amazon comprises the larges rainforest in the world. Increasingly under threat from encroaching development and human activity, its destruction threatens to unbalance the global eco system and decimate the rainforest’s indigenous communities.
Join anthropologist Dr Eduardo Kohn, writer Pola Oloixarac and curator Dr Elisabeth Heyne as they draw from their research to reflect on the potential for engaging with, learning from and protecting the Amazon world.
Part of the British Library's environment event series, <a href="https://www.bl.uk/events/the-natural-word" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Natural Word</a>, which celebrates the underrepresented voices harnessing the power of imagination to change the world.
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This event took place on: 18 October 2021.
CW: This event contains discussion of mental illness and racial slurs.
Actor and writer David Harewood and Gary Younge discuss the themes of David’s new book Maybe I Don’t Belong Here, a deeply personal exploration of the duality of growing up both Black and British, and of recovery from crisis. This event stages a rallying cry to examine the systems and biases that continue to shape our society.
RSL 200 is the Royal Society of Literature’s bicentenary event series bringing together some of the world's best-known writers to explore the impact of literature on their lives. This event is available to the audiences and users of public libraries through the Living Knowledge Network.
You can purchase David Harewood's book 'Maybe I Don't Belong Here' from the British Library bookshop <a href="https://shop.bl.uk/collections/october-2020/products/maybe-i-dont-belong-here" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">here</a>, or borrow from your local library.
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This event took place on: 31 October 2020.
Black Lives Matter has focused attention on the impact of lived experiences of racism. But to what extent has anti-racism been incorporated into the fight for gender equality? This panel explores the legacy of racism on feminist movements, and how women of colour have challenged understandings of gender. How can we better acknowledge different experiences of oppression, and overlapping identities?
This event celebrates Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women's Rights, a UK-wide exhibition by the British Library and public libraries.
Two leading performance writers talk through the process of writing for stage, screen or page. Inua Ellams, a UK-based poet, playwright and performer, and Kieran Hurley, a writer, performer and theatre maker, are both leaders in their field and share their insights in telling stories across all forms. This event is part of Storytalks, a series of talks from the UK’s storytelling experts programmed as part of Evolve, an imaginative programme of events and artworks within Devon’s Libraries. This event was livestreamed from Exeter Library on 7 November 2019.