11/10/2015, 16:30 - 17:30
The Story of Wearside Jack, with Mark Blacklocak and Northumbria University
In his novel I'm Jack, Mark Blacklock portrays the true and complex history of John Humble aka Wearside Jack, the Ripper Hoaxer, a timewaster and criminal both sympathetic and revolting. Mark will be joined by a panel of experts from Northumbria University to discuss the intricacies of Humble's case and how it impacted upon the Yorkshire Ripper investigation. Contributions from Professor of Criminology Mike Rowe and legal experts Adam Jackson and Dr Michael Stockdale are sure to make this a fascinating discussion. Mark Blacklock was born in Sunderland in 1974 and I'm Jack is his first novel. Chaired by Peter Guttridge In partnership with Northumbria University
Durham Town Hall (Burlison Gallery), Market Place, Durham, DH1 3NE
11/10/2015, 11:00 - 12:00
Cheltenham Festival - Not In God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence
The 21st century has witnessed a surge of extremism and violence supposedly in the name of God. Jonathan Sacks (Not in God's Name) and philosopher Richard Norman discuss with Julian Baggini whether the true principles of religion can and will prevail.
Cheltenham Festival, University of Warwick stage, Cheltenham, Gloucester
11/10/2015, 6:45 - 7:45
Cheltenham Festival - Our Sunburned Planet
Climate change presents a harsh reality for those on the front line of the battle. Leader of the Green Party Natalie Bennett, journalist Oliver Morton (The Planet Remade) and climate scientist Chris Rapley (2071) discuss solutions for countries feeling the heat, and at what point the global community will take decisive action. Chaired by Ben Tuxworth.
The Sunday Times Garden Theatre, Cheltenham, Gloucester
Coastlines: Patrick Barkham at Mr B's Emporium
Forget Hawaii, Thailand, Spain even, there's no need to travel the world in search of a pretty beach when the British Isles is blessed with an impressive 10,800 miles of stunning shoreline. In "Coastlines", natural historian and journalist Patrick Barkham explores and celebrates The Neptune Coast: 742 miles of the most beautiful shorelines of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, all owned by The National Trust. With Patrick's poetic informative prose as our guide, we are lead on a series of engaging thematic walks which introduce these distinctive shore-side landscapes; from the chalky cliff-tops of Dover to Dunwich's rugged heaths, from tree-lined coast paths of The Carrick Roads to Whiteford Burrows' sandy dunes. Join us and the author of "The Butterfly Isles" and "Badgerlands" for a night beside the sea (from the comfort of the bibliotherapy room) as we discover the rocks, plants and animals; the views, pathways and history; and the people who have made their lives within the sound of the waves along Britain's dramatic coastline. No bucket and spade required, seaside snacks will be provided!
Mr B's Emporium, 14/15 John Street, Bath, BA1 2JL
Ilkley Literature Festival - Planet Remade
Oliver Morton, author of The Planet Remade, examines the history of climate change and the science and politics that underpin it, offering a new - and controversial - response: geoengineering. From a stratospheric veil against the sun through to a fleet of unmanned ships seeding clouds, Morton unpicks the moral implications of human intervention in the biosphere and analyses whether geoengineering can change the world.
Ilkley Literature Festival, 9 The Grove, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 9UW
Manchester Literature Festival: Rising Stars - Louise Stern and Benjamin Woods
A pair of gifted young writers discuss their ambitious novels exploring the nature of community and creativity. Benjamin Wood's new novel, The Ecliptic, is a literary mystery following a celebrated painter who arrives at an artists' colony off Istanbul and finds herself drawn into the orbit of a young man walking the border between creative genius and madness. His first novel, The Bellwether Revivals, won the Commonwealth Book Prize and the Prix du Roman Fnac. Louise Stern grew up in Fremont, California, the fourth generation born deaf in her family. She has written for radio and theatre and Tracy Chevalier described her short story collection Chattering as 'Exactly what I want of fiction'. Set in an insular Mayan community in rural Mexico, her debut novel Ismael and His Sisters is a wondrous tale of love, family, identity, language and what happens when daily rhythms are disrupted. Beautifully paced, it's brimming with rich language and vivid imagery. The event will be hosted by MLF's Kate Feld.
Manchester Literature Festival, The Engine House, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester, M1 5BY
25/10/2015, 11:30 - 12:30
Rising Ground Philip Marsden at the North Cornwall Book Festival
Shortlisted for this year's Wainwright Award, Philip Marsden's latest book, Rising Ground, is several things at once, all of them fascinating. It's the haunting account of an interrupted walk the length of his beloved Cornwall, set against his slow restoration of a fine old house on the Fal and his memories of a lifetime of walking and exploring, it's a meditation on landscapes and why we accord certain aspects of them special significance and it's a celebration of Cornish eccentrics and achievers. Admirers of Philip's The Levelling Sea will need no encouragement to attend, newcomers to his work couldn't hope for a better introduction to it. Philip will be in conversation with fellow polymath, John Lanchester.
North Cornwall Book Festival, Cornwall, PL29 3
The Planet Remade: How Geoengineering Could Change the World’
'The way a society imagines its future matters. And who gets to do the imagining matters.' With his bold new book The Planet Remade: The Challenge of Imagining Deliberate Climate Change, Oliver Morton chronicles the rich history of climate change and the science and politics that underpin it. Accepting that getting humans to stop warming the planet is proving impossibly hard, he examines some of the dramatic technological and geoengineering alternatives that could slow or stop the warming, from a stratospheric veil against the sun to a fleet of unmanned ships seeding clouds. Come and hear him explore the science, history, politics and plausability of these new technologies and consider why they are so passionately opposed. Oliver is an award-winning writer and journalist. His books include Eating the Sun: How Plants Power the Planet and Mapping Stars: Science, Imagination and The Birth of a World.
Manchester Literature Festival, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6ER