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The Forum: reflections on love, laughter and friendship

BBC World Service LSE Literary Festival event

Date: Thursday 27 February 2014 
Time: 7-8.30pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Tracy Chevalier, Daniyal Mueenuddin, Professor Sophie Scott
Chair: Tim Marlow

BBC World Service's flagship ideas programme The Forum (@BBCTheForum) returns to the LSE Literary Festival to record a special show exploring the value of friendship, and the science and art of laughter with a panel of expert guests.

Tracy Chevalier (@Tracy_Chevalier) is a best-selling novelist, whose books include the award-winning Girl with a Pearl Earring and most recently The Last Runaway.

Daniyal Mueenuddin is an award-winning Pakistani short story writer who divides his time between Oxford and his farm in Pakistan's southern Punjab.

Sophie Scott (@sophiescott) is a neuro-scientist and stand-up comedian. She is Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow at UCL.

Tim Marlow is an art historian and commentator on the contemporary cultural scene with impressive and wide-ranging experience in broadcasting and writing. He is currently director of exhibitions at White Cube in London.

Update, Tuesday 25 February: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Bridget Kendall is no longer able to chair this event.

This recording is scheduled to be broadcast in the UK on Saturday 8 March 2014 at 10pm.

This event forms part of  the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2014, taking place from Monday 24 February - Saturday 1 March 2014, with the theme 'Reflections'.

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