Sat 9 May 2020
10.30 am
Chipping Campden School Hall
£8 Free to full-time students

Doors open 10am for TOKE’S Coffee Bar

NB TOKE’S Coffee Bar is only open between each event. The doors to the school hall are closed while events are in progress and there is no admission to hall or Pop-up Coffee Bar until the event ends.

A morning for ages from seven up:

Michael J. Benton goes behind the scenes on exhibitions and in museum laboratories to explore how new technologies reveal secrets locked in prehistoric bones and how palaeontologists read the details of the lives of dinosaurs from fossils – their colours, their growth, feeding and locomotion, how they sensed the world, and whether we will ever be able to bring them back to life.

‘This book…is the movement from something being uncovered to something being understood.’ Scotsman

‘I defy anyone who is, like me, a non-scientist to read it and not feel a sense of wonder at what palaeontologists now understand.’ Tom Holland Guardian

Michael J. Benton Professor of Vertebrate Palaeontology and head of Palaeobiology Research Group at the University of Bristol, identified by the Centre for World University Rankings as the top palaeontology research group in the world, was a consultant on the BBC’s Walking With Dinosaurs and is the founder of an education programme to take palaeontology into schools. He regularly offers media comment on new dinosaur discovery and has written more than fifty books, including When Life Nearly Died.

12.00 noon
Chipping Campden School Hall
£10 Free to full-time students

Doors open 11.30am for TOKE’S Coffee Bar

NB TOKE’S Coffee Bar is only open between each event. The doors to the school hall are closed while events are in progress and there is no admission to hall or Pop-up Coffee Bar until the event ends.

A morning for ages from seven up:

Emily Grossman uncovers scientific explanations behind all sorts of questions: Can an egg bounce? How much does the Internet weigh? Why is your elbow called your funny bone? Which animal can breathe through its bottom? And Tom Whipple introduces the essentials for GCSE Physics: magnetism via floating frogs, the particle model of matter via farting cows, energy via a hapless dinosaur, and radiation through the example of a 20’s speak-easy where people drank glow-in-the-dark cocktails. Plus Chemistry in a witty accessible narrative: from atomic structure to the periodic table and the properties of matter.

Emily Grossman, Honorary STEM Ambassador, for her pioneering work in STEM education, and as a role model to young girls (her TEDx talk at UCL on ‘Why Science Needs People Who Cry’), is an expert in molecular biology and genetics; and has worked as an actor and singer, maths and science teacher. She is best known as a Resident Science Expert on ITV’s The Alan Titchmarsh Show and Sky1’s Duck Quacks Don’t Echo; for her fun YouTube videos for BBC Britlab and The Royal Institution; and for her inspirational talks in schools, universities and at The Hay Festival, The Science Museum and Cheltenham Science Festival. She has been interviewed in many newspapers including the Guardian, Times, Mirror, Sun and Daily Mail and on radio programmes about the value of emotion in science. She was on the Bank of England’s Advisory Committee that chose Alan Turing to be the face of the new £50 note and author of DKFindout! Science


Tom Whipple is the science editor at The Times and has also been a feature writer for Times2 and writes freelance features for The Economist’s Intelligent Life among other magazines. His books include How to Win Games and Beat People.




This morning’s events are sponsored by
Richard  Hayhurst  Associates  Ltd  Communicating  science  and  sustainability  worldwide

2.00 pm
Chipping Campden School Hall
£8 Free to full-time students

Doors open 1pm for TOKE’S Coffee Bar

Angela Saini combines science, history and politics to explain how race maps out biologically; the abuse of the idea of race; and how those on the far-right are attempting to repackage racism. In the words of Reni Eddo-Lodge, author of Why I Am No Longer Talking To White People About Race, Angela’s writing ‘Roundly debunks racism’s core lie – that inequality is to do with genetics, rather than political power’ A Guardian, New Statesman, Stylist and Bitch top book of the year to look out for in 2019, a Financial Times 2019 top summer book pick and a Guardian, New Statesman, Telegraph and Library Journal book of 2019.

‘essential reading’ TLS

‘brilliant and devastating book’ Telegraph

‘as impassioned as it is elegant’ New Statesman

‘superb’ Guardian

Angela Saini, MScs in Engineering from Oxford University and in Science and Security from King’s College London, became an ITN news trainee, before joining the BBC as a reporter, where she won a Prix Circom European award for her News at Ten investigation into bogus universities. She presents science programmes on the BBC, and her BBC Four twopart documentary series Eugenics: Science’s Greatest Scandal was shown in October 2019. Her writing features in the Guardian, Times, Prospect, New Scientist, New Humanist, Wired, Vogue, Stylist and The Economist. Angela is an advisory board member of the Royal Institution and the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry. In 2019 she was made an Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association and gave the UCL Women Flagship Lecture. Her other books are Geek Nation a best seller in India, and Inferior, translated into eleven languages, and Physics World Book of the Year 2017.

This afternoon’s events are sponsored by Cotswold House Hotel and Spa

3.30 pm
Chipping Campden School Hall
£8 Free to full-time students

Doors open 3pm for TOKE’S Coffee Bar

Geoffrey Robertson in conversation with Caroline Stanford addresses the biggest question in the world of art and culture: ‘Elgin’s Loot and the Case for Returning Plundered Treasure’. In delving into the crucial debate over the Elgin Marbles, Geoffrey also offers a system for the return of cultural property based on human rights law principles that are being developed by the courts, and he examines how the past can be experienced by everyone, as well as by the people of the country from which it originates.

‘Elgin’s heist prevents the modern world from appreciating this ancient wonder – created by the same people who gave us democracy, philosophy and (best of all) comedy. Other cultural crimes must also be redressed, and in this important book Geoffrey Robertson shows why, and how.’ Stephen Fry

‘This is a powerful cry for justice – it deserves a response.’ Amal Clooney

Geoffrey Robertson QC is founder and head of Doughty Street Chambers, the UK’s leading human rights legal practice. His books include Crimes Against Humanity (a textbook on the development of human rights law); The Tyrannicide Brief (the story of how Cromwell’s lawyers mounted the trial of Charles I); an acclaimed memoir, The Justice Game; Mullahs without Mercy; Stephen Ward Was Innocent, OK; and Rather His Own Man. In 2011, he received the Award for Distinction in International Law and Affairs from the New York State Bar Association.

Caroline Stanford  has been Historian for the Landmark Trust since 2001. She has spent a lifetime thinking about history, and the last two decades interpreting its physical remains and thinking about how best preserve and present them to the general public. A particular current interest is the 18th-century Grand Tour, and the dissemination and reproduction of sculpture in Britain during the period. She is co-author of Landmark: A History of Britain in 50 Buildings.

This afternoon’s events are sponsored by Cotswold House Hotel and Spa

5.00 pm
Chipping Campden School Hall
£8 Free to full-time students

Marking 30 years since German reunification, Iain MacGregor shares his vivid and poignant exploration of the history of the Berlin Wall through the lens of interwoven first-person experiences. East Germany committed a billion dollars to the creation of the Berlin Wall in the early 1960s, an eleven-foot-high barrier consisting of seventy-nine miles of fencing, 300 watchtowers, 250 guard dog runs, and twenty bunkers, operated around the clock by guards who shot to kill. Iain’s book includes never-before-heard interviews with the men who built and dismantled the Wall; children who crossed it; relatives and friends who lost loved ones trying to escape over it; military policemen and soldiers who guarded the checkpoints; CIA, MI6, and Stasi operatives who oversaw operations at and across its borders; politicians whose ambitions shaped it; journalists who recorded its story; and many more whose living memories contributed to the full story.

‘A vivid account’ Times

‘a story as gripping as any wartime escape drama’ Mail on Sunday

Iain MacGregor as an editor and publisher of nonfiction, has over twenty-five years’ experience of working with authors such as Melvyn Bragg, John Nichol, Simon Schama, and Max Hastings, to name but a very few.

This event is sponsored by Draycott Books Tel: 01386 841392 2 Sheep Street Chipping Campden

7.00 pm
Chipping Campden School Hall
£10 Free to full-time students

Marking 250 years since Beethoven’s birth in our joint event with Chipping Campden Music Festival, Charlie Bennett, Artistic Director of the Music Festival, discusses with expert new voice Laura Tunbridge her forthcoming biography. Each chapter focuses on a period of Beethoven’s life, a piece of music and ‘a revealing theme’ from family to friends, heroism to liberty. Much of the material has not been available to the wider public before. Daniel Crewe publisher at Viking says, ‘[Laura’s] writing is a breath or fresh air, and sheer joy to read.’ The book will be published in the autumn.*

Laura Tunbridge, Professor of Music, Henfrey Fellow and Tutor, St Catherine’s College, joined the Oxford Faculty of Music in 2014, having previously been Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester (2004-2014) and Lecturer at the University of Reading (2002-2004). Laura has been a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in New York and at the History of Listening Emmy Noether Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. Editor of the Journal of the Royal Musical Association from 2013-2018, in 2017 she was elected to the Directorium of the International Musicological Society. She regularly gives pre-concert talks for Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Halle, the BBC Proms, the Oxford Lieder Festival, and the Southbank Centre; writes programme and liner notes for Wigmore Hall, Barbican, Chandos, and Southbank Centre; and book reviews for The Oldie and Times Literary Supplement; and appears on BBC radio Record Review, In Our Time, and Start the Week. She has contributed to numerous academic publications.

*Borzoi Bookshop will be taking pre-orders and will provide bookplates for Laura to sign

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