Location: The Lantern, Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol BS1 5AR
Speaker: Stephen Johnson
Information: Tickets £8 incl. booking fee
In advance of our publication of Stephen Johnson's book How Shostakovich Changed My Mind, Stephen presents an insight into a number of selected pieces by Shostakovich, performed by The English Piano Trio at The Colston Hall in Bristol.
Shostakovich’s haunting and haunted Op. 67 is a valedictory work remembering a close friend. But interior lament turns to universal indignation as the finale recalls concentration camp victims forced to dance beside their newly-prepared graves.
"Stephen Johnson is not merely the most engaging broadcaster, but with his encyclopaedic knowledge of classical music he makes natural connections between different composers and their music which continue to entrance and enthuse musicians and non-musicians alike." - Robert Winston
The English Piano Trio has been delighting audiences for over twenty years with their interpretation of the classical repertory, in the UK and abroad. The Trio also promotes contemporary music through commissioning, performing and recording new works, such as those of David Matthews and Roger Steptoe, among others.
- Shostakovich 5 Pieces (arranged for Piano Trio)
Shostakovich Piano Trio No.2 in E minor Op. 67
Location: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage, In a tented village in Hay-on-Wye, on the edge of the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park. We’re between Hereford and Brecon just off the A438.
Speaker: Tim Parks
Information: Event 297, Tickets £7.30
Parks is a profoundly European writer, steeped in Italian culture as a travel writer and a translator. He has published an introduction to a selection of Montaigne’s essays: Drawn From Life, and his new novel In Extremis is one of the most implacable, but also one of the funniest novels about death and family you will ever read.
Location: Starlight Stage, In a tented village in Hay-on-Wye, on the edge of the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park. We’re between Hereford and Brecon just off the A438.
Speaker: Lavinia Greenlaw
Information: Event 399, Tickets £7.30
Morris’ intimate journals unconsciously explore questions of travel, noting his reaction to the idea of leaving or arriving, to hurry and delay, what it means to dread a place you’ve never been to or to encounter the actuality of a long-held vision. Poet Lavinia Greenlaw draws out these questions as she follows in the footprints of Morris’ prose, responding to its surfaces and undercurrents, extending its horizons. The result is a new and composite work, which brilliantly explores our conflicted reasons for not staying at home.
Chaired by William Sieghart.
Location: Rye Books, 45 Upland Road, London SE22 9EF
Speaker: Jon Day
In Cyclogeography, Jon Day, King's Lecturer, Booker Prize judge and former Cycle Courier, looks at how cycling brings a unique take on our relationship with the physical world. Like a two-wheeled Ian Sinclair, Day looks specifically at how cycling remaps London and at the historical and philosophical implications of understanding a city via the bike.
This is a wonderful opportunity to hear Jon talk on this most profuse of subjects- he is a lucid, witty and compelling speaker.
The book is so much more that the memoir of a courier, it is an elegantly written philosophical treatise, and in person Jon is just as engaging.
Location: 2 Audley Square LONDON W1K 1DB
Speaker: Rosalind Porter, Travis Elborough
Information: Ticket information to be advised
The Winner of this year's competition and five worthy runners up will receive their prize and discuss the art of the essay with Chair of Judges Rosalind Porter and judge Travis Elborough.