BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival
The New Age of Sentimentality
Charles Dickens. Walt Disney. The Romantic poets. These renowned artists and entertainers were all accused of being “over-sentimental”. But is our own age topping them all – with its culture of grief memoirs, gushing obituaries and feel-good fiction? Three Fellows of the Royal Society of Literature take a hard look at whether contemporary culture has “gone soft”.
Lisa Appignanesi is the author of books including Everyday Madness: On Grief, Anger, Loss and Love; Mad, Bad, and Sad: A History of Women and the Mind Doctors; All About Love: Anatomy of an Unruly Emotion and Trials of Passion: Crimes in the Name of Love and Madness. She is Chair of the Royal Society of Literature Council.
Irenosen Okojie is author of a novel Butterfly Fish and a short story collection Speak Gigantular – surreal tales of love and loneliness. She has written for The New York Times, The Observer, and The Huffington Post and is currently running a writing workshop at London’s South Bank.
Rachel Hewitt’s books include A Revolution of Feeling: The Decade that Forged the Modern Mind and Map of a Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey. She is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Newcastle University, where she is also Deputy Director of the Newcastle Centre for Literary Arts.
Chaired by Rana Mitter – Professor of History at the University of Oxford where he is director of the China Centre. A Fellow of the British Academy, he has written books including China’s War with Japan 1937-1945: The Struggle for Survival. He is a regular presenter of radio documentaries, among them BBC Radio 4’s Chinese Characters and BBC Radio 3’s Japan’s Never-Ending War, and Radio 3’s Arts and Ideas programme Free Thinking.
For your information…
- Phase one tickets will be available from 12noon on Friday 15 February, with phase two tickets available from 12noon on Friday 1 March.
- 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.
To guarantee your ticket, book in advance. There will be some tickets available on the day on a first come, first served basis.
Venue: Northern Rock Foundation Hall
Tickets: Free, ticketed (Max 4 per person)