noun an ALSO festivaler-goer's ability to bring new and exciting ideas to their consciousness and thought
noun the action of an Also festival-goer getting information in an enchanting entertaining way.
Author of ‘Dark Net’, ‘Radicals’ and ‘The People vs Tech’ and winner of the 2019 Transmission Prize Jamie Bartlett closes our programming for our key theme of 2019 – how to grapple with technology to get the world that we want.
We’re bringing the rock and roll broadcaster, writer, naturalist aka the Urban Birder lakeside in Warwickshire to help us consider how our everyday lives are actually a chance to connect with nature helping you access a whole new dimension even on your urban hunt for lunch.
Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019 - Swan Song - is a story of friendship, high-society and romance, capturing Truman Capote's meteoric rise and self-destructive fall. Hear Kelleigh Greenbery-Jephcott in conversation with Helen Bagnall.
Take a walk around our 50 acres of lakeside parkland with Britain's best known environmental campaigner and former director of Friends of the Earth, Tony Juniper. Find out exactly what nature does for us, how and why we can protect Britain's natural capital.
Does it matter what we laugh at? Join Dr Sophie Quirk as she explores the political impact of stand-up comedy, revealing joking’s potential to do harm and the surprising ways in which comedy does us good.
Catrin Nye, the BBC's award-winning investigative reporter, documentary maker and host of the national debate show The Hour on BBC One Wales will be asking our panel of speakers to debate 'the robots are coming for our jobs...but who wants to work anyway?'
One simple way to re-connect with nature is to schedule some Wild Reading in to your ALSO weekend and brand new research shows reading in nature is extremely beneficial for your mental well-being. So we have dedicated an hour to invite you to take off into the site. Set up under a tree, on the banks of the lake or in the mid summer light to dedicate to wild reading. Grab yourself a book from our booksellers and enjoy this beautiful way to appreciate your home for the weekend.
We'll be running a Double Talk session with the award winning author, Reith Lecturer, academic and historian Margaret MacMillan to explore ideas and questions around the uses for history in more depth, in a smaller group, and in a more relaxed session.
Firework: Also Festival's Extravaganza featuring London International Choir, The Portobello LIVE choir, the Tribo Brazilian Percussion Band with leading UK vocal coach and Musical Director Juliet Russell. And featuring A FIREWORK. This is a key festival moment to bring everyone together before the procession to and lighting of the bonfire and the lighting of the Firework. Want to be involved? Join one of the voice sessions led by leading UK vocal coach Juliet Russell or one of the dance sessions by our in festival choreographer Fiona Ring. Want to sit back and be entertained - the rum shack is open for business and tell the kids - this is where the marshamallows are distributed.
Hear Salon London's Transmission Prize 2019 Winners bring us up to speed in to the realtionship between technology and democracy and the new global power grab: Jamie Bartlett (The Dark Net, Radicals, The People vs Tech) and Carl Miller (Death of the Gods).
As powerful a writer as she is fearless in the face of inequality and fake news, this classicist, author and broadcaster has, incredibly for 2019, completely rewritten the Trojan Wars. Don't miss her fast-paced, fabulous and fascinating show: Troy Story. This time it’s the women’s war. #Fascinatainment
When it comes to unlocking the secrets of success, award-winning Associate Professor of Strategy and behavioural economist at the University of Warwick, Dr Chengwei Liu has run the numbers and cracked the code. He’ll be at ALSO to reveal the number one and most overlooked factor to ensure your limitless success. Warning – there may be equations!
Wally Funk was among the Mercury 13, the first group of American pilots to complete NASA's 1961 Women in Space program and should have been the first astronaut. Hear the fascinating story of those first giant steps in to space from the award winning science writer Sue Nelson.
This ALSO Festival institution features speakers from the day's programming at the festival who will bring the broadsheets to life in our great fun, fast-paced morning session. Hosted Saturday and Sunday by the witty and wonderful broadcast star Natalie Haynes. It's an ALSO institution. Bring your coffee and start your Saturday or Sunday with us.
What does your handwriting say about you? This magical, fun session from leading forensic graphologist Emma Bache is a gorgeous way of looking at ourselves, celebrities, historical figures and all of human nature anew.
Climate Change and the coming generations. Understanding the power in your hands and how to use it, featuring UCL climatologist, Prof Mark Maslin, his climate striking daughter, Carl Miller (DEMOS, Death of the Gods) and chaired by journalist Michael Day.
This pioneering cardiac surgeon (and author of the incredible Naked Surgeon) Samer Nashef sews up the heart of surgery, exploring the health of the nation, the threadbare brilliance of the NHS, the futility of obsessing over diet and the realities of life as a surgeon.
MARK BOLITHO world renowned origami artist is in the ALSO field - he'll be unfolding the possibilities for Origami, including the chance for us all to make some origami birds in keeping with our Out of the Woods Theme. So absorbing - we're tempted to call it MindFOLDness. A perfect way to ease in to your Saturday at ALSO.
The celebrated neuroscientist and Professor of Neuroimaging has done the decades of research and can tell us when it comes to the brain and gender men are not from mars and women are not from venus! Don't miss the chance to miss the truth about The Gendered Brain.
Also Festival Directors Helen Bagnall and Juliet Russell will be running through the big ideas and music featuring at ALSO19 to help you decide what you want to see this weekend. From thought leadership to forest bathing, via neuroscience, genetics and creativity - this is a whistle stop tour of the ideas of the weekend to help you plan your weekend with us.
Bestselling author of Stuffocation, James Wallman has distilled the work of leading social scientists into a seven-point checklist to help you avoid unfulfilling experiences, giving you ideas for fill your free hours with exciting and enriching experiences instead.
Are we increasingly going to comedy as a means of taking on information and understanding big ideas? Hear Joel Morris (writer of Philomena Cunk, Charlie Brooker's ScreenWipe), Alexis Dubus (creator of Marcel Lucont) and academic Dr Sophie Quirke (Why Stand Up Matters). Hosted by Helen Bagnall.
Everyone is invited to take part in our 'Out of the Woods' Scavenger Hunt. Bonkers clues. Fabulous Fun. Big Prizes. Go to Info Tent anytime before Sun at 3pm for info on how to use your Golden Hour to get a head start on our Classic Rock Album Photography Round.
The lungs of our planet - and home to half of our animals and plants. Be inspired by the UK's best known environmental campaigner Tony Juniper who will take you deep in to the forest, explaining what is already being done to protect them and what is possible in the near future. Be prepared for sheer wonderment at Tony's tour of the world's rainforests.
The psychologist is pride of programming place at ALSO 19 with her brand new project exploring the most challenging of all personal relationships – family - the subject of her best-selling book 'The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Gone To And Your Children Will Be Glad You Did.'
Former undercover police officer and best selling author, Neil Woods pieces together the terrifying complexity of the drug war in Britain. Understand how Britain succumbed to a self-defeating war on drugs, the hidden role the US plays and how our policy helps no-one. Truly fascinating.
Featuring AI expert and Senior Research Fellow at UCL Robert E Smith, Senior WIRED Editor Victoria Turk, and Professor of Behavioural Science at Warwicks Business School and author and leading political technology journalist Jamie Bartlett. This is one of our big themes for ALSO19 is looking at ways we can redefine our relationship with tech. What is our responsibility? The responsibiltiy of business? The responsibility of government? This panel will be hosted by journalist and author Nichi Hodgson.
'Don’t expect robot butlers anytime soon,’ the University of Oxford’s Chief Computer Scientist and AI expert Michael Wooldridge will explain how far we are on the road to conscious machines - as part of our realistic relationship with tech strand.
The leading UK behavioural economist Nick Chater has made a startling discovery - in 30 years of academic research - he can find no evidence that the subconscious exists - instead we are the masters of improvised story telling. But WHAT are the repercussions?
Prof Maslin examines how the changing environment of Africa and our own sexual preferences ended up with an ape with a very large brain and sexual organs that suggest we are at the very least semi-monogamous. Why do we have a mating system so different from or closest relative the chimpanzee and gorilla. The Professor will also argue our biggest sexual organ is our...... brain.
An indispensable guide to behaving well in the digital world from the Senior Editor at WIRED Victoria Turk and technology broadcast journalist Nichi Hodgson. Explore the art of work, the art of romance, the art of friendship and the art of community. Bring your questions.
UCL’s Dr Robert Elliott Smith has 30 years’ experience designing and teaching Artificial Intelligence and his latest research delves into a story of prejudice, questionable ideology, error, and miscalculation, to unveil the dangerous consequences of algorithmic bias on society. Hear how modern scientific perspectives suggest an alternative direction and how we can use algorithms to create a more progressive and unified technological world.
Let Head of Policy at KCL and ex Head of Ipsos Mori Bobby Duffy lead us through the latest research into media and decision science to explore the perils of our perception and the power in realising we're wrong about nearly everything. For those of you who are familiar with Mike Reid's 1980s show Runaround - this session will have a nostalgic feel. For those of you who haven't had the pleasure - this could be the most fun you've ever had with statistics. Don't miss it!
BAFTA award-winning animator, Greg McLeod explores creative thought, how to generate ideas and what to do with them once you've had them. By guiding you through examples and working methods, he'll demonstrate techniques to help release your unique creative potential. Warning: there will also be a cat video and some shouting!
How we love him. Embodying our fascinatainment heartland Robin brings his brand new extraordinary exploration of the human mind - 'I'm a Joke and So Are You. A Comedian's Take on What Makes Us Human' is a moving, beautiful, hilarious exploration of consciousness. Don't miss it.
The award-winning author, Reith Lecture delivering, renowned academic and historian Margaret MacMillan will be with us at ALSO to help us understand our complex relationship with and need for history. Can understanding history help us understand ourselves?
Be welcomed to ALSO by the renowned psychotherapist and best-selling author Philippa Perry by experiencing her unique take on how to get the most out of your special relationship with ALSO and with your fellow guests.
The award-winning science journalist, author and broadcaster will explore the murky history of race science and the ways in which it is being resurrected in the 21st century. Combining science, history and politics, this is an extraordinary study of race and society. Unmissable.
The celebrated UCL based climatologist and author of the best selling book "Human Planet" will explain how our recent dominance of the Earth comes with great responsibility towards our planet and how all of us can contribute to saving it for future generations.