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LSE's fifth annual literary festival: 'Branching Out'

LSE's fifth literary festival is taking place this year from Tuesday 26 February to Saturday 2 March.

Notable speakers include winner of the 1995 Booker Prize and LSE alumna Pat Barker who will be discussing art’s responsibility to war and the links between art, literature, science and history. Award winning author P D James will be one of the panel in ‘The Forum: The Challenge of Ageing’, one part of a BBC World Service series about tackling the big challenges of our age.

pile of booksAuthor and politician Ken Livingstone will be speaking about his continuing life in politics, whilst author of international bestseller Labyrinth Kate Mosse will be one of a panel of distinguished women which will discuss the role of women in literature in celebration of the opening of the Women’s Library at LSE.

LSE Emeritus Professor of European Thought and author John Gray will explore the conundrum of our existence that we decorate with myths and ideas, to avoid acknowledging that we are animals. TV historian Michael Wood will be discussing the art of storytelling following a performance by the highly acclaimed story teller Vayu Naidu. Writer and TV presenter Mike Parker will make up a panel discussing the influence of maps on contemporary events and our view of the world.

Other events taking place include writing workshops, children’s events and discussions surrounding this year’s title theme ‘Branching Out’, chosen in homage to the 300th anniversary of the birth of Denis Diderot, who developed the figurative system of branches of human knowledge. LSE academics will be exploring the work of Diderot along with professor and writer Russell Goulbourne.

All the events are free but you will need an e-ticket. E-Tickets for Festival events can be booked online via the LSE E-Shop.

Please visit the literary festival web page for more information.

Posted 12 February 2013 

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