Programme

Saturday

Note: The Festival has two programmes of talks that run in parallel: at the Vinson and Ondaatje Lecture Theatres. Festival-goers may choose talks from either programme.

 

Coffee is available in the Vinson Building from 09:00

Vinson Lecture Theatre Programme

10:00-11:00
The Age of Decadence

SIMON HEFFER exposes the contradictions beneath the ‘pomp and circumstance’ of late-Victorian and Edwardian Britain

11:30-12:30
The Future of Capitalism

Britain’s most celebrated economist, Sir PAUL COLLIER considers what’s wrong with capitalism and what can — and must — be done to save it

Lunch 12:30-14:00

14:00-15:00
Modernists and Mavericks

MARTIN GAYFORD discusses his Post-War British art, ‘Swinging’ London’s in the 1960s, and his friendships with Lucien Freud and David Hockney, with Michael Prodger

15:30-16:30
The Prime Ministers

Sir ANTHONY SELDON surveys the occupants of Britain’s highest political office over three centuries, from Walpole to May

17:00-18:00
Living with Leonardo

The world’s leading Leonardo scholar, MARTIN KEMP, looks at the artist’s works, their authentication, and their enduring fascination, in conversation with Michael Prodger

Ondaatje Lecture Theatre, Radcliffe Centre, Programme

10:00-11:00
Commandos and the Italian Campaign, 1943

SAUL DAVID discusses Special Forces on a ‘mission impossible’ that proved a turning point in the Italian campaigns of World War II

11:30-12:30
Ancient Worlds

MICHAEL SCOTT reveals hitherto unknown connections between the Greco-Roman world and peoples and cultures far beyond the Mediterranean

Lunch 12:30-14:00

14:00-15:00
The Empress and the Raj

MILES TAYLOR shows how actively involved Queen Victoria was in British India, and the fascination India in turn exerted over its distant Empress

15:30-16:30
The Favourite

OPHELIA FIELD weigh historical truth against Hollywood fiction in accounts of Queen Anne and her alleged lesbian lover, Sarah Churchill

17:00-18:00
The Making of the Modern Monarchy

JANE RIDLEY reveals how King George V’s long reign — from 1910 to 1936 — saw the reinvention of the British monarchy in a form that survives to this day