2021 Programme

10:00-11:00  

End of days or a new world order?

Peter Frankopan, oracle of The Silk Road, navigates the globe with Simon Sebag Montefiore

10:00-11:00 

Queen and country: How will history define the second Elizabethan age?

Robert Hardman (chair), AN Wilson, Camilla Long and Camilla Tominey take on the Crown

11:30-12:30    

The race to a vaccine

Kate Bingham tells Jessica Pulay how she brought the life-saving vaccine to Britain

11:30-12:30    

Great men; forgotten women?

Saul David (chair), Hallie Rubenhold, Natalie Livingstone and Dan Jones discuss history versus herstory

13:00-13:45     

Rebel with a cause

The outrageous pundit and scourge of Biden’s America, Candace Owens argues her case with Matthew d’Ancona.

14:00-15:00    

Minority Report

David Baddiel talks to Simon Sebag Montefiore about how progressives foster anti-semitism

14:00-15:00     

How to write fiction in 2021: a masterclass of storytellers

Kate Mosse (chair), Sebastian Faulks, Lionel Shriver and Chibundu Onuzo on the art of their craft

15:30-16:30    

Uncivil war: can our polarised society find peace?

Anne McElvoy (chair), Lionel Shriver, Candace Owens and Sam Leith on one nation, two cultures

15:30-16:30     

Outlaws and outliers

Antonia Fraser and Catherine Ostler talk to Hallie Rubenhold about how history’s female trailblazers – Caroline Norton and the Duchess of Kingston – challenged the patriarchy and rewrote the rules of society

17:00-18:00    

Beyond Empire

Jesse Norman (chair), Zareer Masani, Peter Frankopan and Olivette Otele debate the legacy of imperialism

17:00-18:00 

Lady Black fights back

Barbara Amiel tells Andrew Roberts about her rollercoaster ride from Hendon schoolgirl to press baroness

18:30-19:30  

The Force of Fauda

Lior Raz, star of the hit spy thriller, talks to Gordon Corera about  the trauma of the front line, and the catharsis of creating cult TV

10:00-11:00  

The titans of media

Conrad Black, former newspaper baron, and Robert Maxwell’s biographer John Preston and author and journalist Simon Jenkins talk to Catherine Ostler about press potentates now and then

10:00-11:00    

Operation Phoenix: how to reconstruct Britain’s economy after covid

Anne McElvoy (chair), Mervyn King, Ian Livingstone and Dambisa Moyo map out the road to the recovery

11:30-12:30  

Crazy Rich Georgians

Andrew Roberts, Tristram Hunt and Catherine Ostler celebrate the daring and decadence of the age of beauty

11:30-12:30  

Facts, fiction and the power of words

Award-winning novelist, essayist, and advocate for women’s rights Elif Shafak explores with Yana Peel, Global Head of Arts & Culture at CHANEL, how words transform worlds.

13:00-13:45     

The brightest stars

Sam Leith (chair) talks to Jonathan Bate, and Lucasta Miller about the genius of Keats and Scott Fitzgerald

14:00-15:00     

Catastrophe in Kabul

General Petraeus, the former director of the CIA talks to Andrew Roberts about his all-star career, the hunt for Bin Laden and Afghanistan today

14:00-15:00    

Gilded cages and dynastic duties

Hannah Rothschild and Natalie Livingstone talk about facts vs fiction and the untold stories of Rothschild women

15:30-16:30     

The making of a modern classic

After the extraordinary success of A Gentleman in Moscow, banker turned breakout novelist Amor Towles discusses his singular style and success with Chris Cleave

15:30-16:30     

Rise and kill

Ronen Bergman tells Gordon Corera about the astonishing trials, triumphs and tragedies of the Israeli secret service

17:00-18:00

The Diary enquiry

Andrew Roberts (chair), Dominic Sandbrook, Simon Heffer, Sasha Swire, Emma Soames and Michael Gove discuss the power of the political journal, from Chips Channon to today, via Thatcher’s Britain

17:00-18:00     

A Promising Young Woman

The dazzling Emerald Fennell talks to Natalie Livingstone about Hollywood, her first Oscar and playing Camilla