Salon LXXXVII

Thursday 4th February 2016

For Your Consideration

Our Salon to celebrate The Transmission Prize for the communication of ideas is always the grandest Salon of the Year, as is it dedicated to bringing to life the ideas that captivated the hearts and minds of our audiences in 2015.

Your hostesses-in-dresses Juliet Russell and Helen Bagnall will open with a whirlwind tour of the year's themes before handing over to the nominees and panellists themselves:

We will be taking a good look at the science behind music with two nominees from the neuroscience of music. Dr Victoria Williamson will demonstrate that it's you who is the music, while Dr Catherine Loveday will explore how ridiculously clever your brain is at remembering the soundtrack to your life. Both speak from the wild forefront of this emerging area of science.

We will hear from Sarah Corbett, founder of the Craftivist Collective who has created stitch by stitch a powerful movement of peaceful protest, before the Chair of the Transmission Prize 2016, Margaret Heffernan will be in conversation with Theodore Zeldin's work, particularly how conversation can be harnessed to change the path of lives for the better.

We will hear how to achieve big strides forward in sustainability in the UK by using your considerable power as a consumer, based on Tony Juniper's work, and some simple nature hacks to make the city more liveable from the work of urban birder David Lindo.

Finally New Scientist writer and author Dr Michael Brooks will be in conversation with Rick Edwards about his work to ensure the next generation is represented in government, and to wrap up astro-biologist and UK Space Agency sponsored alien hunter Dr Lewis Dartnell will explain how to rebuild the world from scratch should you need to do it. From inventing the wheel to four crop rotation, let's hope it's a book you never need.

So join us for the biggest Salon of the year in association with Foyles London as we bring all of the ideas nominated for the prize to life at 6:30pm on the 4th February.

Tickets here.

More about The Transmission Prize here.

Venue

  • Foyles

    113-119 Charing Cross RoadLondon

    WC2H 0EB

    www.foyles.co.uk/bookstore-charing-cross