Books stage

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.

Lorien Kite, Books Editor, FT Weekend

Lorien Kite, Books Editor, FT Weekend

Rebecca Rose, Deputy Books Editor, FT Weekend

Rebecca Rose, Deputy Books Editor, FT Weekend

Sessions include:

11.00am – 11.45am | Istanbul: a city in literature
Bettany Hughes, historian, broadcaster and author of Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities, and Elif Şafak, author most recently of the novel Three Daughters of Eve, talk to FT deputy editor Roula Khalaf about religion, gender and politics where east meets west.

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 | Nicole Krauss in conversation with Rebecca Abrams
Award-winning and bestselling author of The History of Love and Great House Nicole Krauss talks to FT critic Rebecca Abrams about about metamorphosis, self-realisation and Jewish identity in her new novel, 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 by actor Naeem Hayat.

3.00pm– 3.45pm | History close to home
International human rights lawyer Philippe Sands and Columbia University professor Mark Mazower talk to FT Columnist Gideon Rachman about unravelling the mysteries of their own families - and what personal stories can tell us about world-changing events.

4.00pm– 4.45pm | 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, in fact and in fiction.

5.00pm– 5.45pm | Blood and words: the poetry of war
The Olivier-award winning actor 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.


It was a superb opportunity to listen to interesting people.

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