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.
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
UNTO HIS LAST?
How John Ruskin still shapes our world. FT management editor and author Ruskinland, Andrew Hill, explores the enduring legacy of the Victorian Polymath in conversation with US editor-at-large, Gillian Tett
SHAKESPEARE FOR 2019: WHY THE BARD IS MORE RELEVANT THAN EVER - readings by Allie Esiri and actors
THE DISUNITED KINGDOM
The consequences of Brexit for the UK, Irish Times columnist and author, Fintan O’Toole; FT columnist, Gideon Rachman; director of . the Institute of Government, Bronwen Maddox; and the FT’s literary editor, Frederick Studemann
Fairy-tales and storytelling, Nilanjana Roy in discussion with Ben Okri
A LIFE OF BREAKING RULES AND LITERARY BRILLIANCE
Edna O’Brien talks to Alec Russell about her iconoclastic career and her latest novel Girl
From the East India Company to the City of London to Silicon Valley –what happens when corporate power runs unchecked. Historian, William Dalrymple; novelist, John Lanchester; in discussion with FT deputy editor, Roula Khalaf