BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival: Faster, Faster, Faster?

Sage Two

A restricted number of tickets will be available on the day on a first come first served basis.

Can the steady tortoise still beat the rapid hare in today’s world? Our panel chaired by Free Thinking presenter Anne McElvoy compare experiences of life in the fast lane with taking the slow route – in business, writing, leisure time.

Pinky Lilani is an author, motivational speaker, food expert and women’s advocate and nominated in the Woman’s Hour Power List. She was appointed a CBE in 2015 for services to women in business.

Denise Mina wrote her first crime novel Garnethill while studying for her PhD at Strathclyde University. Now the award winning writer of twelve novels, plays and graphic fiction she has presented radio and television programmes including a film about her own family. Her most recent novel featuring detective Alex Morrow is Blood Salt Water and her new novel The Long Drop was inspired by real historical events in Glasgow in 1957.

John Gallagher is a New Generation Thinker who is a historian of early modern Britain and Europe at the University of Cambridge. His work looks at the study of foreign languages in 16th and 17th century England, and asks how English-speakers abroad made themselves understood.

Jay Griffiths is the author of Pip Pip which explores attitudes to time across the world. Other books include Tristimania: a Diary of Manic Depression and Wild: an Elemental Journey.


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  • 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.


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