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Highlights from this year's festival.

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The New Statesman is proud to be a media partner for this year's Inside Out Festival, which starts next week. Here are some highlights from the programme.

Monday 22 October

University Challenged

Anatomy Lecture Theatre, King College London, The Strand, London WC2, 7pm

Marking the 50th anniversary of University Challenge, academics will respond to questions on life, the universe and everything in a cross between University Challenge and Question Time, with quizmaster Bamber Gascoigne.


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Tuesday 23 October

Death and Space

The Deadhouse, Somerset House, The Strand, London WC2, 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start

"Death and the Contemporary" is a series of site-specific  discussion events organised by Dr Georgina Colby and Anthony Luvera .

Confirmed panellists for the first event  include Professor Robert Hampson and artist Tom Hunter, together with a rare opportunity to visit this venue.

£5 full price; £3 students, unemployed and over 65s. A glass of wine in included in the ticket price.

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Tuesday October 23

On Some Threshold of the Air

St John’s Waterloo, London SE1, 8pm

Songs of Viktor Ullmann with English Touring Opera, the composer of The Emperor of Atlantis, composed in Terezin concentration camp.  Followed by a discussion about the work and its context with Professors Robert Eaglestone and Erik Levi.

£10; students £5; WDS £5.

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Wed 24 October

Al-Qa’ida Resurgent?

City University, 10 Northampton Square, London EC1, 6pm

This forum will feature Abdel Bari Atwan talking about the subject of his new book After Bin Laden: Al-Qa’ida, The Next Generation, with Dr Shane Brighton providing his thoughts on the implications of a resurgence in Al Qaeda activism for Western policies to counter the phenomenon.

Free, but booking required.

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Thursday October 25

Book as Artefact

Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London N1, 6.30pm

A discussion of the influence of digitalisation on the book  hosted by artist Sam Winston.

The panel of illustrious researchers, academics and practitioners from University of the Arts London, make  responses to a series of provocative questions, images and statements related to the changing face of the book in recent times.

Tickets £11.25 in advance; £13 on the door (cash only).

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Friday 26 October 

London’s Lost Playing Spaces: Walking Tour

Fix Coffee, 126 Curtain Road, London EC2, 5pm

Visit the sites of some of Elizabethan and Jacobean London’s most important theatres in east London: the recently rediscovered Curtain, where Henry V was first performed; The Fortune, for which the original dimensions still survive; and The Red Bull, notorious for attracting rowdy and occasionally criminally violent audiences. Today, with its clubs and pubs, galleries and shops, east London remains a centre for entertainment and this walking tour will seek out its origins as a place of play.

Free with £3 returnable deposit.

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Saturday 27 October

Conrad’s Secrets: London and its Others

The Johnson Bar, Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, 145 Fleet Street, London EC4, 12pm for a 12.15pm start

Join Professor Robert Hampson for a drink and a talk based around his new book, “Conrad’s Secrets”.

Conrad’s Secrets explores various secrets relevant to Conrad’s fiction – naval secrets, trade secrets, sexual secrets, urban secrets and medical secrets. Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is a Fleet Street landmark. Rebuilt back in 1667, it has strong connections to Conrad and his work.

Free event.

Explore the secrets of Joseph Conrad at the Inside Out Festival (photograph: Getty Images)
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