The Books Stage will feature some of the world’s best-selling authors, reading extracts from their most celebrated works. This stage is hosted by Lorien Kite and Rebecca Rose.
11.00am – 11.45am | India and Pakistan at 70
Award-winning novelists Neel Mukherjee and Kamila Shamsie, former FT Delhi bureau chief and author Victor Mallet and FT managing editor James Lamont discuss the challenges of writing about modern-day South Asia.
12.00pm – 12.45pm | Hearts and Minds -The Allure of the Medical Memoir
Leading lights in their fields, heart surgeon Stephen Westaby and brain surgeon Henry Marsh talk to writer Erica Wagner about a life the other side of the knife
1.00pm – 1.45pm
Bestselling author of Great House and a History of Love Nicole Krauss talks to Rebecca Abrams about her new book, Forest Dark
2.00pm– 2.45pm | Alas Poor Dominic…
Former director of Shakespeare’s Globe Dominic Dromgoole talks to Alexander Gilmour on the trials of taking the Globe’s Hamlet to every country in the world. Plus readings from Naeem Hayat
3.00pm– 3.45pm | History close to home
International human rights lawyer Philippe Sands and Columbia University professor Mark Mazower talk to Lorien Kite about unravelling the mysteries of their own families - and what personal stories can tell us about great political events.
4.00pm– 5.00pm | Turkey unveiled: the female perspective
Bettany Hughes and Elif Şafak in conversation with Roula Khalaf
5.00pm– 6.00pm | Blood and words: the poetry of war
The Olivier-award winning actress Tamsin Greig and Sanjeev Bhaskar OBE join poetry powerhouse Allie Esiri to perform poems on the theme of war. It will be a journey from the early Anglo Saxon Battle of Maldon up to the present day poetry of Simon Armitage on Afghanistan, via Shakespeare's Henry V on the eve of Agincourt and Wilfred Owen on the Great War.