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.
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Broadcaster and award-winning science writer (she was the first woman to win the Royal Society Science Book of the Year for ‘Adventures in the Anthropocene’), Gaia Vince is at ALSO to explore the astonishing story of how culture enabled us to become the most successful species on Earth and help us reflect on the way we now want to evolve beyond the pandemic.
No offence, David but who would have thought that a book on statistics would have been such a big seller in 2020. There’s a reason why and it’s a hopeful one. Surrounded by fake news, we are all trying to learn more about stats to make sure the information we are taking on is real. Statistics has played a leading role in our scientific understanding of the world for centuries, yet we are all familiar with the way statistical claims can be sensationalised, particularly in the media. We are so pleased to have the leading risk, probability, chance and uncertainty academic in the UK, Prof Sir David Spiegelhalter to guide us through the essential principles we need in order to derive knowledge from data. You'll never think about information in the same way again.
Struggling to get enough Tinder matches as Covid carries on? Join this interactive session with dating expert and author Nichi Hodgson who'll give you her top tips for feeling the love, irrespective of social distancing. Drawing on age-old wisdom from plagues and pandemics of yore, you'll learn some creative and safe ways to flirt and meet others looking for love while the world goes up in flames. Viva l'amour!Info & Booking
Love fashion? Love the environment? Committed to both, and concered you might have to give up your love of fashion to protect the planet. Wait a minute. Why not go deep into your commitment and love of fashion with this double talk with Lauren Bravo interviewed by Sophie Lewis, fashion designer, and author of Dressology: Words for How We Wear for many, many ideas on how we can keep fashion in our lives and why we should.Info & Booking
Join us for an extraordinary double talk as we go deep into the role music can play in rest. With neuropsychologist Prof Catherine Loveday who's long-term fascination with music in the brain has led to a number of leading academic studies looking into cognitive and neuronal aspects of music processing and award-winning broadcaster, author and psychology lecturer, Claudia Hammond who's book THE ART OF REST explores the relationship between music and rest. This event has now sold out. More spaces may be available on the day, please check at the venue.
Love reading? Love ideas? Been let down by book recommendation engines once too often? Looking for some wilder more unusual recommendations to spend a few hours with? Well, we have got an ALSO session for you. Come meet the Salon London team who have been reading hundred of non-fiction books in preparation for this attempt to be the world’s first book recommendation algorithm in HUMAN form. Simply answer a few questions to be matched by the Salon London team with the book of your dreams. Limited Numbers. Bring tea. Bring booze.
Hear from Tim Finch, a leading campaigner & writer on refugee and migrant issues as he discusses his gorgeous new novel, PEACE TALKS - a taut and luminous love story about peace, violence, and conflict negotiation; of the ceaseless mediation between loss and the human heart. Tim will be in conversation with Byte The Book's Justine Solomons as we ask, is fiction - or art more generally - a better way of approaching difficult problems?Info & Booking
Want to take back the future; inspiration for a new decade? That’s why we’re here, isn’t it? But how can we think about the future? What do we need to do – and who do we need to be? For all the big questions in our lives we like to look towards Margaret Heffernan for answers, and so we are so glad she is beaming in for ALSO20. Do not miss the chance to see the award-winning business psychologist (her TED talks have been viewed by over 7 million people) as she explores why we need less tech and messier human skills - imagination, humility, bravery - to create the futures we want and can believe in.
Symbolising the escape from the urban to the country, this sunset experience will capture our ALSO communal spirit, excitement and ownership of each participant's place in the country. Make you mark on this one-off event by signing up to Citrus Arts' daytime lantern workshops, creating your own lanterns in the form of small houses. These will be positioned in little hamlets, scattered across the site, forming individual constellations of gathering points for each bubble of family and friends. Echoing beacon communication of the past, at sunset a trail of flame and rope will spread across the site as each hamlet is illuminated. Look out for our special treat at the end!
ALSO Directors Helen Bagnall and Juliet Russell will be running through the big ideas, music, workshops and wellbeing at ALSO Social to help guide you through the weekend and decide what you want to see. And yes we'll be taking requests, and answering questions on how to get the most from the weekend!
How can we lessen our impact on the world without giving up the experiences and escapes that make life so rich? We’ll be taking a good hard look at how we travel with Juliet Kinsman (eco-travel writer, author of The Green Edit: Travel, founder of Bouteco and founding editor of Mr & Mrs Smith), exploring how we can do it in a way that benefits the planet and lets us enjoy the planning part from our sofas while we consider how to have the best holidays in the future which happen to be more eco-friendly. This event has now sold out. More spaces may be available on the day, please check at the venue. Pre-buy Juliet's new book, The Green Edit: Travel: Easy tips for the eco-friendly traveller from us here: https://www.also-festival.com/books/#how-to-travel-now (published 10 September 2020).Info & Booking
In an extraordinary session, Prof David Tong - the Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge - takes us on a tour of his favourite images of space taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.
Award-winning writer and broadcaster, and star of BBC's All in the Mind, Claudia Hammond will be inviting us all to re-establish a positive relationship with rest and recovery - two things essential for our health and well-being. Her book, THE ART OF REST, draws on the ground-breaking research 'The Rest Test' and she'll be explaining the science so we can understand what really works and how we can master a more restful and balanced life.
Here for the ideas? Want to know how we can make the most of this slowdown? The Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford, Danny Dorling has answers and he'll be talking us through the coming slowdown and just how we can make the most of it.Info & Booking
A love-hungry goddess of the sea arrives on an island inhabited by eunuchs. A girl from Martinique moonlights as a Grace Jones impersonator. Dimension-hopping monks sworn to silence must face a bloody reckoning. And a homeless man goes right back, to the very beginning, through a gap in time… Join the award-winning author, Irenosen Okojie on a journey into the boundaries of reality as she discusses and reads from her gorgeous short story collection, NUDIBRANCH. Irenosen will be in conversation with Ben Pester.Info & Booking
175 countries, four billion dollars, one scam: the inside story of the world’s biggest crypto con and the woman who got away with it. In a world exclusive, award-winning writer and journalist Jamie Bartlett is at ALSO Social 2020 to present The Missing Cryptoqueen - the subject of his new BBC podcast and forthcoming book. Yes, for the last nine months, Jamie has been on the hunt to find Dr Ruja Ignatova, a convicted fraudster best known as the founder of a Ponzi scheme called OneCoin. What he uncovers is a lot more than a missing woman. It's a story of greed, deceit and herd madness that takes him all over the world - and gets far weirder than he thought possible. Jamie is in conversation with Salon London’s Helen Bagnall.
Also Festival’s favourite psychotherapist, Philippa Perry - author of Sunday Times bestselling, The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did) - is 'in residence' in our wonderful Capability Brown setting. This is a chance to hear about Philippa's brand new edition of 'Couch Fiction' (published later this year) which offer her keen insights to the power of therapy as she talks us through the story of a year's therapy sessions and how they can help with our search for understanding and truth. With plenty of time for questions. Pre-buy Philippa's new book, COUCH FICTION: A Graphic Tale of Psychotherapy from us here: https://www.also-festival.com/books/#ask-philippa (published 26 Nov 2020).
We’re delighted to have poetry from Zafar Bhatti from Poets for Peace. Poets for Peace aims are to bring poets together from across the community to break down barriers and promote social cohesion. We think poetry is a wonderful means to achieve this. The artistry of the spoken word gives life to inner thoughts and feelings, flowing from one heart to the next. ‘Poets for Peace’, an initiative of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, intends to present a range of Poetry from a variety of inspirational Poets, hoping their words will touch upon your heart, helping us to realise the beauty contained within every faith and community.
Has COVID-19 been the worst pandemic in Britain in living memory? The Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford, Danny Dorling has answers and he'll be talking through key infographics to help us understand the pandemic numbers and what's to come. And Salon London’s Helen Bagnall will be channelling her inner Melvyn Bragg and taking on Danny’s claims so we can get lots of answers in one innovative session.
Getting dressed every day should be one of life’s joys. But for too many it’s not. We are all slaves to bad body image, slow self-esteem, and terrible trends. This needs to change. Nobody should tell you how to dress. You need to find your own rules. Understanding your body-shape will unlock your unique set of rules. Every body has good bits and bad bits and bits we love and bits we hate. Don’t let fashion dictate a terrible outfit for you. Know your own rules and boss your own look.Info & Booking
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 by the award-winning author and journalist Nichi Hodgson. It's an ALSO institution. Bring your coffee and start your Saturday with us.
Star of science on screen and author of Wellcome Trust prize shortlisted 'Creation', Dr Adam Rutherford presents 'How to Argue with a Racist' - his vital manifesto for a twenty-first-century understanding of human evolution and variation, and a timely weapon against the misuse of science to justify bigotry. Come along and find out how to arm yourself against racism, both overt and casual with this pugnacious mix of bleeding-edge science and history.
Almost 100 years ago, we learned that the Universe is expanding. But do we know how fast? We all agree Professor David Tong is one of the greatest science communicators on the planet, and for ALSO20, the Professor of Theoretical Physics from Trinity College at the University of Cambridge will explain how scientists have recently discovered that we don't understand as much about this as we thought.
This brilliant Uehiro Centre Professor of Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford explains the case for more research into "love drugs" and "anti-love drugs" exploring their ethical implications for individuals and society. Get insight into this cutting-edge field of medical research that could have profound effects on us all. Will relationships be the same in the future? Will we still marry? It may soon be up to you to decide whether you want a chemical romance.
Who will be crowned the winners of ALSO's Great Big Fat Festival Quiz in 2020? Hosted by Matt 'Gold Jacket' Morgan log in for a magical, musical, memorable session and massive *prizes! *there MIGHT actually be prizes this year! Book on to register your team!Info & Booking
Author, Refinery29, Stylist and Grazia journalist, thrift-lover and reformed fast fashion addict, Lauren Bravo makes a brilliant case for How To Break Up With Fast Fashion: a guilt-free guide to changing the way you shop with a session especially for ALSO with hundreds of ideas for how to sustainably, ethically and stylishly redefine your relationship with your wardrobe. Lauren will be in conversation with Salon London’s Helen Bagnall.
The Greek myths are among the world's most important cultural building blocks and they have been retold many times, but rarely do they focus on the remarkable women at the heart of these ancient stories. Hear from “the nation's muse” and the critically acclaimed writer and broadcaster, Natalie Haynes in a world premiere for her extraordinary new book, PANDORA'S JAR as she redresses this imbalance and puts the women of the Greek myths on equal footing with the menfolk. Pre-buy Natalie's new book, Pandora's Jar: Women in the Greek Myths from us here: https://www.also-festival.com/books/#pandora-s-jar (published 1 October 2020).
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 by the witty and wonderful broadcast star Natalie Haynes. It's an ALSO institution. Bring your coffee and start your Sunday with us.
Join the founder of The Street Tree and author of the acclaimed LONDON'S STREET TREES and LONDON IS A FOREST, Paul Wood as he takes us on a very special Guided Tree Walk through the gorgeous Also Festival forest. Uncovering remarkably diverse habitats, venerable individual trees, as well as the intriguing history, plants and animals that have shaped it, he'll offer us a whole new way of experiencing the festival.Info & Tickets
To give you just that little bit more, more, more - we'll be running Double Talk sessions with our incredible speakers. Double Talk gives you time to get your thoughts together post-talk, and to explore the speakers’ ideas in more depth, in a smaller group, and in a more relaxed session. Double Talk sessions will need to be booked on.