BOOKS STAGE

The Books Stage will feature some of the world’s best-selling authors, reading extracts from their most celebrated works.

11.00 - 11.45
Identity matters
Roula Khalaf talks to authors Kwame Anthony Appiah, Afua Hirsch and Jason Cowley on identity politics and nationhood in the age of Brexit 

11.45 - 13.00
Break

13.00 - 13.45
On the couch – truth or fiction? 
Susie Orbach, psychotherapist and writer, with Susie Boyt, novelist, on the similarities between psychotherapy and creative writing, what exactly happens in a therapy session and what sort of loyalties do therapists develop towards their patients?

14.00 - 14.45
Simon Russell Beale reads poems for the year
Selected by poetry powerhouse Allie Esiri from her anthology, A Poem for Every Day of the Year

15.00 - 15.45
Pat Barker: Iliad for the #metoo era
The Man Booker Prize-winner talks to Alec Russell, FT Weekend editor, about her new novel, The Silence of The Girls, retelling the Iliad from the women’s perspective – plus an extract from Charlotte Eagar’s film Queens of Syria

16.00 - 16.45
A new gilded age
Edward Luce,
author of books on the US and India, with James Crabtree author of The Billionaire Raj, Sarah Churchwell, author of Behold America, and Tash Aw, novelist, on the rise of a new plutocracy – and its echoes with earlier periods of massive wealth creation and social divide

17.00 - 17.45
Birth of the modern: the fallout of the first world war
On the centenary of the end of the first world war, Michèle Barrett, biographer, Elif Shafak, novelist, Margaret MacMillan, historian, talk to Frederick Studemann, the FT’s literary editor, on a world born out of the conflict


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