I am giving a number of talks over the next couple of months, both about my new book The Quest for a Moral Compass and on other issues from freedom of expression to the Enlightenment. Do come along if you are able.
Free as a Bird?
The Exchange Place
23 Donegall Street
Belfast BT1 2FF
A discussion about artistic freedom of expression with Johnanna Schwartz, John Johnson, Sinead O’Donnell and myself. There will also be a preview of Johnanna Schwartz’s documentary about the Islamist silencing of music making in Mali. Part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, the event is organised by Index on Censorship.
Start the Week
BBC Radio 4
The other guests are Natalie Haynes, author of a new novel The Amber Fury, Simon Armitage whose The Last Days of Troy, a reworking of The Iliad, is currently playing at Manchester’s Exchange Theatre, and Frank McGuinness, who has written the libretto for the forthcoming ENO opera, Thebans. We will be discussing ancient Greek myths and modern moral thought.
In conversation with Julian Baggini. Details and tickets from the Watershed.
What does the history of moral thought tell us about the nature of morality?
Details and tickets from the RSA.
Details and tickets from the Hay Festival.
Enlightenment and the Death of God
Bruno Kreisky Forum
One of a series of lectures on the Enlightenment and its legacy organized by the Bruno Kreisky Forum für internationalen Dialog.
The Quest for a Moral Compass
London Philosophy Club
Details from the London Philosophy Club.
Further down the road…
9 July, Dartington, Way with Words Festival.
21 July, Cambridgeshire, Institute of Ideas Academy.
9 August, Oxford, World Humanist Congress.
20 August, Edinburgh, Edinburgh International Book Festival.