Greenwich Book Festival: The Rise and Fall of the Working Class by Selina Todd

Selina Todd has issue with the idea of referring to the working class as the ‘forgotten’ or ‘marginalised.’ They, like her when she was growing up and starting her role as a historian, are just living their lives. It’s these lives that she explores in The Rise and Fall of the Working Class. At Greenwich BookContinue reading “Greenwich Book Festival: The Rise and Fall of the Working Class by Selina Todd”

LIFT – where the city meets the stage

One city, 30 productions, 13 countries, 15 venues, 30 days, and a million emotions, passions, voices and subjects, LIFT festival is back in London for its 20th anniversary. Combining poetry, performances, acting, immersion and experiences that cover the sometimes surprising, shocking, variegated and vast nature of this amazing world in which we live, the festivalContinue reading “LIFT – where the city meets the stage”

No Future: has pop lost its radical edge?

Pop and politics – are the two inextricable or has music lost its political power and radical layer? One of the great debates from previous Battle of Ideas event, two days of high-level, thought-provoking, public debate organised by the Institute of Ideas at the Barbican.

Sonia Gandhi: An Extraordinary Life, An Indian Destiny – by Rani Singh

Sonia Gandhi’s life story is the stuff of novels. Growing up in an Italian working class village, she met her Rajiv Gandhiwhilst learning English at college in Cambridge, and after a long distance relationship, married into the Gandhi family and its political life. After her mother-in-law Indira’s assassination in 1984 and her husband’s death  in 1991, whenContinue reading “Sonia Gandhi: An Extraordinary Life, An Indian Destiny – by Rani Singh”