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Tom Sutcliffe and guests explore the pace and rhythm of life – from the heart-stopping moments to the sleep of the innocent.
His guests include Free Thinking Festival lecturer Russell Foster whose work on circadian rhythms sheds light on the mechanisms of our body clocks and sleep. The crime writer Denise Mina is more interested in counting the bodies than counting sheep, as she revels in the psychological undercurrents in her latest thriller. And the cardiac surgeon Steven Westaby understands the delicate balance between life and death: he has saved hundreds of lives, holding each heart in his hand and feeling its beat. And the mathematician Eugenia Cheng considers what it means when that beat goes on forever, with her study of the infinite.
Join them for this special recording of the programme broadcast Monday mornings on BBC Radio 4.
In addition to Start the Week, Tom Sutcliffe has presented the BBC Radio 4 arts show Saturday Review since 1998, and is also chairman of Round Britain Quiz. As a journalist he writes columns and reviews and helped launch the Independent newspaper as its arts editor.
For your information…
- A restricted number of tickets will be available on the day on a first come first served basis.
- Please take your seats 10 minutes prior to the event start time otherwise you may lose your place.
Gateshead International Jazz Festival, BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival and Folkworks Pass It On Festival take place on the south bank of the Tyne this Spring alongside Sage Gateshead’s usual programme of eclectic and high quality artists.
Join leading thinkers as they slow down to examine The Speed of Life. Former Formula One racing driver Damon Hill OBE, Harriet Harman MP, former health minister Edwina Currie, historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes, author Sathnam Sanghera, poet Simon Armitage, songwriter Richard Hawley,...