BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival: New Generation Thinker: Emma Butcher from the University of Leicester

Kids with Guns

Sage One

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Throughout history, millions of children have been caught up in war, but, we rarely hear from them. Join Dr Emma Butcher, literature historian at the University of Leicester, to uncover hidden histories of children on the battlefield from the Napoleonic Wars to the present. Her essay will look at war writings from famous child authors, such as the Brontës and Robert Louis Stevenson, and everyday children caught up in war, including Robert Sands, a powder monkey in the Battle of Trafalgar, and John Clem, the youngest recruit of the American Civil War. Images of children in the heat of war are shocking and unsettling, yet as this talk will show, their presence makes us grapple with our own ethics and emotions, transforming the battlefield into something much more complex, and more human.

New Generation Thinkers is a scheme run by BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council to select ten academics each year who can turn their research into radio.


For your information…

  • Phase one tickets will be available from 12noon on Monday 5 February, with phase two tickets available from 12noon on Monday 19 February.
  • Tickets are strictly limited to four per person.
  • To guarantee your ticket book in advance. There will be some tickets 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.


Part of BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival 2018

Part of BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival 2018

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