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Prof John Sutherland and John Crace - Celebrating Dickens - 200 years
Town Hall 10.30am £6
John Sutherland is Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London. He specialises in Victorian fiction, 20th century literature, and the history of publishing.
John Crace is a feature writer for the Guardian. He writes the Digested Read for G2 His latest books illustrate both his passions and abilities. In Brideshead Abbreviated, he shows his wicked sense of humour as he deconstructs English literature for fun;
Those of us who were fortunate enough to listen to their irreverent view on “The Classics” last year will be delighted to listen to them discussing “Dickens” on the 200th anniversary of the great writer’s birth.
If you haven’t heard them before then this is the best reason you will have had for a very long time to get up on a Sunday morning!
Richard Smith - Britain’s Most Eccentric Sports
Museum 11.30am £6
The truth is, ladies and gentlemen, Britain has provided the world year after year with true global champions in shin-kicking, medieval football re-enactment, gravy wrestling and the pantomime horse grand national.
“Britain’s Most Eccentric Sports” covers the madcap, hilarious and sometimes downright dangerous sports still surviving in Britain today!
The perfect antidote to Olympic overkill….
Town Hall 12.30pm £6
Join the BBC's witty and energetic Arts Editor Will Gompertz on his dazzling tour that will change the way you look at modern art - forever!
What is modern art? Why does it incite so much loathing? And why on earth is it worth so much money?
Will’s lively, accessible and enlightening history of modern art from the Impressionists to the present day allows those of us who have never heard of Gombrich (and who has?) to discover its joys and revelations for ourselves.
Be it water lilies or pickled sharks, hear the stories behind the masterpieces and meet the artists as they really were - and in doing so discover the real point of modern art….You will learn that - surprisingly - not ALL conceptual art is just a load of nonsensical rubbish, how a urinal changed the course of modern art and how Dali painted with his moustache.
Refreshing, irreverent and straightforward, What Are You Looking At? cuts through all the pretentious art speak and asks the questions you would never ask out loud.
What Are You Looking At? will be published in September 2012.