Proms 2021Music Programme

LitFest Programme will be announced in May
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The 2021 LitFest Programme will be announced closer to the event date. We are looking forward to a very full and interesting programme.

Saturday, 19 June 2021

Online Only - Available through July

Hilary Mantel
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David Cohen Memorial Lecture

Double Booker prize winner Hilary Mantel delivers the inaugural Memorial Lecture in honour of our late patron, Dr David Cohen CBE, whose eponymous literary prize she won in 2013. Billed as the publishing event of the year, The Mirror and the Light brings to a close the trilogy which has brought Thomas Cromwell into our lives. Her brilliant portrayal of the 1530s has won acclaim from historians and reviewers and made us all experts on the ‘other’ Cromwell. She will be in conversation with Mark Lawson, journalist, broadcaster, author and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Literature. 


This is a Free of Charge, On Line Only event. You can watch the event from 7.00pm on June 19th on the Proms website: https://www.promsatstjudes.org.uk/hilarymantelvideo


The Video will remain on the website at this address through out July.


Saturday, 26 June 2021

Sathnam Sanghera
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In conversation with Kavita Puri

Event Cancelled

DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED


Empireland explores the ways imperialism has shaped Britain and examines the culture wars making the headlines - from statue toppling to Rule Britannia at the BBC Proms. Acclaimed journalist Sathnam Sanghera argues that imperialism is everywhere although we often choose not to see it. 

He is in conversation with Kavita Puri, journalist and author of Partition Voices. 

Saturday, 26 June 2021

Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason
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In conversation with Bridget Galton

Recording Free to View

House of Music is a story about a mother and her children – seven extraordinary musicians who have become national phenomena. Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason opens up for the first time about what it was like to raise a family in a Britain divided by class and race with everything stacked against them. She is in conversation with Bridget Galton, acclaimed Features Editor of the Ham & High and long-time Proms supporter.

Photo: Antonio Olmos

Saturday, 26 June 2021

Philippe Sands
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In conversation with Claire Berliner

Recording Free to View

A Holocaust mass murderer on the run, an international race to bring him to justice ... this is the compelling background to Philippe Sands' part memoir, part detective story The Ratline. Fugitive Brigadeführer Otto von Wächter, responsible for the murders of hundreds of thousands of Jews in Poland – including Sands’ grandfather and other family members – came tantalisingly close to evading retribution. He is in conversation with Claire Berliner,  writer, editor and Programme Manager at The London Library, formerly Literature Programmer at JW3.

Sunday, 27 June 2021

Rory Cellan-Jones
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In conversation with Simon Lewis

Recording Free to View

The BBC's technology correspondent reveals the inside story of how tech became personal ... and pernicious. In his latest book Always ON, Rory Cellan-Jones also looks ahead to the implications of self-driving cars, AI and the unforeseen impact of the digital revolution. In a personal epilogue, he considers his own struggles with Parkinson's, glaucoma and Covid and probes the technology being used to combat these ills. He is in conversation with Simon Lewis, Vice-Chair at FTI Consulting, and former director of communications at 10 Downing St and the Prime Minister's official spokesman.

Sunday, 27 June 2021

David Nott
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In conversation with Marie-Elsa Bragg

Recording Free to View

In his book War Doctor, he tells the gripping story of life in the front line, carrying out life-saving operations in the most challenging conditions in the war-torn Middle East and Africa. He was awarded an OBE in 2012 and a film based on his life is in development. He is in conversation with Marie-Elsa Bragg, lecturer, a Priest in the Diocese of London , a Duty Chaplain of Westminster Abbey and author of Sleeping Letters and Towards Mellbreak.

Sunday, 27 June 2021

Marina Wheeler
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In conversation with Dame Jenni Murray

Recording Free To View

In The Lost Homestead, famed human rights lawyer, Marina Wheeler tells the dramatic story of her Sikh mother’s desperate escape from her home, never to return, during the 1947 Partition of India. As an Anglo-Indian – her father was the distinguished BBC journalist Charles Wheeler – Marina succeeds in making sense of her mother’s experience through accounts from her Indian family plus her own research and travels. She is in conversation with Dame Jenni Murray,  journalist, author and broadcaster best known for presenting BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour from 1987 to 2020.

Sunday, 27 June 2021

John Preston
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In conversation with David Aaronovitch

Recording Free to View

What happened to turn war hero, MP, media mogul and would-be English gentleman Robert Maxwell into a bloated, amoral wreck? In his gripping book, Fall, journalist John Preston delivers the definitive account of Maxwell's extraordinary rise and scandalous fall. His previous book A Very English Scandal became a BAFTA-winning BBC drama series.  He is in conversation with David Aaronovitch, The Times journalist, radio presenter and author of books including Voodoo Histories: the Role of Conspiracy Theory in Modern History.

Sunday, 27 June 2021

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AT A GLANCE
LitFest Programme will be announced in May
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Hilary Mantel
19/06/2021
Sathnam Sanghera
26/06/2021
Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason
26/06/2021
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Philippe Sands
26/06/2021
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Rory Cellan-Jones
27/06/2021
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David Nott
27/06/2021
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Marina Wheeler
27/06/2021
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John Preston
27/06/2021
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Purchase a LitFest Pass
27/06/2021
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