Literature & Life Stage
Hosted by FT’s literary editor, Frederick Studemann
The Literature & Life stage is dedicated to the world of ideas and culture as expressed through agenda-setting books and authors covering a diverse range of topics - from the impact of social media on the art of the novel to the power of unchecked corporate power, from the future of Ireland in the wake of Brexit to the enduring delights of fairy-tales. We will ask why literary and intellectual giants of the past such as Shakespeare and John Ruskin are now more relevant than ever and talk with one of the greatest living novelists about a life spent breaking the rules.
11:00 - 11:45 LONG STORY SHORT: WRITING IN THE ERA OF SOCIAL MEDIA
The perils of crafting a novel in a hyper-connected age. Mark Haddon in discussion with Nilanjana Roy
12:00 - 12:45 THE DISUNITED KINGDOM
The consequences of Brexit for the UK, with Irish Times columnist and author, Fintan O’Toole; the FT’s John Lloyd and Gideon Rachman; director of the Institute of Government, Bronwen Maddox; and the FT’s literary editor, Frederick Studemann
13:00 - 13:30 THE TRANSFORMATION OF BATTERSEA POWER STATION: REDISCOVERING A BRITISH ICON
Honor Fishburn, director of placemaking at Battersea Power Station and Sebastien Ricard, director at WilkinsonEyre Architects, discuss with the FT’s Edwin Heathcote
13:30 - 14:00 BREAK
14:00 - 14:45 A LIFE OF BREAKING THE RULES AND LITERARY BRILLIANCE
Edna O’Brien talks to FT Weekend editor Alec Russell about her iconoclastic career and reads from her latest novel Girl
15:00 - 15:45 SHAKESPEARE FOR 2019
Join Allie Esiri, editor of Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year, on a year’s journey through the life and times of Shakespeare, and discover why the Bard is more relevant than ever, with soliloquies and sonnets read by actor Diana Quick
16:00 - 16:40 UNTO HIS LAST?
How John Ruskin still shapes our world. FT management editor and author of Ruskinland, Andrew Hill, explores the enduring legacy of the Victorian polymath in conversation with the FT’s US editor-at-large, Gillian Tett
17:00 - 17:45 ARE WE AS FREE AS WE THINK?
Ben Okri talks to Nilanjana Roy about his novel The Freedom Artist, the manipulation of myth and other burning issues of our times
18:00 - 18:45 ANARCHIC CAPITALISM
From the East India Company to the City of London to Silicon Valley –what happens when corporate power runs unchecked? Historian, William Dalrymple and novelist John Lanchester in discussion with FT deputy editor, Roula Khalaf