In this week’s podcast, Ian McEwan talks about his latest novel, Nutshell, a retelling of Hamlet but through the eyes of foetus. Elsinore is transported to London’s prosperous St John’s Wood, Gertrude is transformed into wine-quaffing mother-to-be Trudy and Claudius into Claude – an insufferable bore capable only of speaking in cliches.
In a live event recorded at the Royal Geographical Society in London, McEwan talks to Mark Lawson about everything from the necessary art of hesitation to the risks of working for Hollywood, the challenges of finding a voice for an unborn character … and identity politics.
Nutshell by Ian McEwan (Vintage)
At a Guardian Live event John Irving, one of America’s greatest living novelists, discusses his new book, Avenue of Mysteries, with author and professor of creative writing Jeanette Winterson Feb 08, 2016
According to the UN, around 250,000 people have been killed in Syria and 13.5 million people require urgent help. More than 50% of Syria’s population is currently displaced, with half a million Syrians crossing the Mediterranean this year to escape.
At a Guardian Live event in London, Middle East correspondent Martin Chulov chaired an expert panel to discuss the causes of the refugee crisis.
Joining him were Tirana Hassan, crisis response director at Amnesty International, Razan Ghazzawi, an award-winning Syrian-American blogger and human rights activist, Richard Spencer, an independent journalist and former Middle East editor at The Daily Telegraph, and Steve Symonds Amnesty International UK’s programme director for refugee and migrant rights.
This Guardian Live event in association with Amnesty International took place on 15 June 2016 at the Guardian. To find out about future events, sign up as a Guardian member.
In July, after travelling for 3bn miles and nine and a half years, Nasa's New Horizons spacecraft flew past Pluto, giving us our first ever glimpse of the dwarf planet. What next in space exploration?Ian SampleMaggie Aderin-PocockKevin FongMonica Grady Sep 24, 2015
The Guardian’s political editor Anushka Asthana alongside Paul Mason, Rafael Behr, Hugh Muir, Polly Toynbee and John Harris reflect on the tumultuous battle for the heart of the Labour party and ask can Labour regain power?
How should filmmakers make documentaries about rape? Is it better to offer survivors anonymity on screen, as is their legal right in the UK, or is the message stronger if they’re clearly identifiable? A lively discussion with the audience at the screening of The Hunting Ground looks at the arguments for both points of view.
In July, after travelling for 3bn miles and nine and a half years, Nasa’s New Horizons spacecraft flew past Pluto, giving us our first ever glimpse of the dwarf planet. What else is in store during this exciting year of space exploration?
Dawn Foster asks a UTOPIA 2016/Guardian Live panel what makes us happy and whether happiness is now a marker for success that causes anxiety
What does it take for us to be happy? Is happiness just another consumer product or could it be used to help governments guide policy? What’s the difference between psychological wellbeing and happiness? And how can society stem the rise of ill health?
To debate the pursuit of happiness in today’s society, the Guardian journalist Dawn Foster joins an expert panel: Vanessa King, a positive psychology expert, board member of Action for Happiness and author of 10 Keys to Happier Living; Mark Rice-Oxley, the Guardian’s head of special projects, writer on mental health and author of Underneath the Lemon Tree; and Ruth Whippman, a journalist and author of The Pursuit of Happiness and Why It’s Making Us Anxious.
This Guardian Live event took place on 1 September 2016 and was recorded at Somerset House, London, as part of UTOPIA 2016: A Year of Imagination and Possibility. To find out about future Guardian events, sign up as a Guardian member.
With the NHS a key issue in the election campaign, Guardian Health correspondent Denis Campbell was joined by a panel of leading experts to discuss whether the NHS’s unique model of healthcare is under threat. Is a publicly funded NHS sustainable? Are the political parties promising enough money? Do we need an NHS tax or should we be charged for GP visits?
At a Guardian Live event in London, the Guardian’s cycling supremo William Fotheringham meets one of the most decorated men in British cycling, David Millar, to discuss his career and the pumped-up world of competitive cycling. Contains strong language. 30 September 2015.
By turning away from death, by ignoring its inevitability, are we making our death more distressing for ourselves and for our loved ones? Guardian journalist Giles Fraser and an expert panel shed some light on the positive things that can happen when we face this entirely natural part of life.