Cambridge Literary Festival

This festival runs from 23rd to 25th November 2018, and there are quite a few things of interest to Geographers this year.
There is Richard Sennett in conversation with Iain Sinclair.

More humans now inhabit urban spaces than at any time in history. But what does it really mean to live in a city?
Richard Sennett, one of the world’s leading thinkers about the urban environment, sets out a bold and original vision for the future of cities in his latest book Building and Dwelling. He’ll join us to explore how cities are built, and how people live in them, from ancient Athens to twenty-first-century Shanghai.

Sennett will be in conversation with Iain Sinclair, whose forthcoming Living With Buildings explores the relationship between art, architecture, social planning and health.

There is Lucy Siegle talking about plastic

Enough plastic is thrown away every year to circle the world four times – and at the current rate, pieces of plastic will outnumber fish in the ocean by 2050.

We might have thought that the problem would be solved by corporations and policymakers, but change isn’t happening fast enough. Rather than flailing in despondency, we need to take individual action – and Lucy Siegle wants to give us the tools to make this decisive change. It’s time to turn the tide on plastic; join Lucy to find out how.

In conversation with Rob Cameron, Chief Executive, SustainAbility.
With thanks to Cambridge Carbon Footprint and Transition

And also Melissa Harrison and Horatio Clare in conversation

There’s been an incredible resurgence in nature writing in recent years, with re-wilding, the diminishing of our wildlife vocabulary and species endangerment all hot topics.

This event brings together two great writers and journalists, whose latest books dramatise the special qualities of opposing seasons. Melissa Harrison’s new novel, All Among the Barley, set in the summer of 1933, is a masterful evocation of the rhythms of the natural world and pastoral life. Speaking with her is Horatio Clare, whose The Light in the Dark combines a scintillating portrait of the world of winter with moving personal narrative. Whether you’re a summer or a winter person, there’s something for you here.

Chaired by Tom Gatti, Head of Books and Features at the New Statesman