Thursday, 18 May 2017

Harrogate International Festivals

Details of upcoming events in Harrogate:


Don't forget to catch...
Berwins Salon North is one of Harrogate’s most sought after tickets after the Salon was voted as number six in the ‘Top 100 Things to do in the World’ by GQ magazine. Hosted by Harrogate International Festivals, the series consists of a cabaret-style night of the most stimulating ideas in art, science and psychology designed to change your life for the better.
With three expert speakers, each given 30 minutes to engage the audience with their subject, talks are interspersed with intervals allowing time for a well-crafted gin and tonic. A revolutionary movement for the heart and mind!
“A bit of London culture in the North” – Salon North Attendee
  • AI - 22 JUNE
  • DIY - 27 JULY
  • ISPY - 7 SEPT
Join us for the AI, DIY, ISPY Summer series with our special ticket offers - 
2 for £30 or 3 for £42!
Join our Salon Club to get tickets for the Summer series and this Autumn’s Revolution, Evolution, Constitution series for just £80 for all 6 events. What’s more, Club members benefit from priority entry and reserved seating.
Arthur Miller is emeritus professor of history and philosophy of science at University College London. He is fascinated by the nature of creative thinking and, in particular, in creativity in art (on the one hand) and science (on the other). What are the similarities, what are the differences? An experienced broadcaster, lecturer and biographer, he is noted for being able to write engagingly about complex social and intellectual dramas, weaving the personal with the scientific to produce page-turners that read like novels. Arthur’s new book is the first publication to explore how computers can be creative in art, music and other pursuits, and what the future of creativity itself will look like, surveying cutting-edge developments in AI and in ‘computational creativity’, bringing them to life through interviews with key players in the field.

Alex Evans is a Campaign Director at Avaaz, the global citizens’ movement, and a Senior Fellow at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation. Over the last two decades Alex has worked on global issues in the UN Secretary-General’s office, as Special Adviser to two UK Secretaries of State for International Development (Valerie Amos and Hilary Benn), and as a consultant for organisations from Oxfam to the US National Intelligence Council. Once upon a time our society was rich in stories. They united us and helped us to understand the world and ourselves. We called them myths. Today, we have a myth gap. Does that matter? Alex Evans argues persuasively that it does. In this time of global crisis and transition – of mass migration, inequality, resource scarcity and climate change – it is only by finding new myths, those that speak to us of renewal and restoration, that we will navigate our way to a better future. Drawing on his first-hand experience as a political adviser within British government and at the United Nations, and examining the history of climate-change campaigning and recent contests such as Brexit and the US presidential election, Alex Evans explores how tomorrow’s activists are using narratives for change, how modern stories have been used and abused, and where we might find the right myths to take us forward.

Timandra Harkness is a science writer, broadcaster and comedian. Writer and presenter of BBC Radio 4’s FutureProofing series and documentaries such as Data, Data Everywhere, and Personality Politic, she’s also resident reporter on social psychology series The Human Zoo. Since winning the Independent newspaper's column-writing competition with a short piece on goat-borrowing, she has written for many publications including the Telegraph, Guardian, Sunday Times, Evening Standard, BBC Focus magazine, WIRED and Men's Health. Big data knows where you've been and who your friends are. It knows what you like and what makes you angry. It can predict what you'll buy, where you'll be the victim of crime and when you'll have a heart attack. Big data knows you better than you know yourself, or so it claims. Starting with the basics - what IS data? And what makes it big? Timandra takes you on a whirlwind tour of how people are using big data today: from science to smart cities, business to politics, self-quantification to the Internet of Things.  Finally, she asks the big questions about where it's taking us; is it too big for its boots, or does it think too small?
Jamie Bartlett is Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think tank Demos, an author and technology blogger for the Daily Telegraph, specialising in radical and extremist political movements and technology. He has spent the last two years imbedded with radical groups, making an exploration of the individuals, groups and movements rejecting the way we live now, and attempting to find alternatives. Jamie takes us inside the strange and exciting worlds of the innovators, disruptors, idealists and extremists who think society is broken, and believe they know how to fix it. From dawn raids into open mines to the darkest recesses of the internet, his book Radicals introduces us to some of the most secretive and influential movements today. Could it be that these radicals are not only the symptoms of a deep unrest with the world today, but might also provide the most plausible models for our future.

Adam Kucharski is an assistant professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, where he works on mathematical analysis of infectious disease outbreaks. Science is giving us the competitive edge over opponents, casinos and bookmakers. But is there such a thing as the perfect bet? DIY gambling - how technology, maths and statistics have given some of the smartest people on the planet the chance to improve their odds and beat the system - totally legally! The Perfect Bet looks beyond probability and statistics to examine how wagers have inspired a plethora of new disciplines - spanning chaos theory, machine learning and game theory - which are not just revolutionising gambling, but changing our fundamental notions about chance, randomness and luck.

Justine Solomons, founder of Byte the Book whose 'help now - think later' is taking the networking world by storm. She will lead an exploratory look at the social psychology behind reciprocity as we try to create a generosity circle, live! Recent research reveals that many people would like to receive help, but don’t ask, and also that many people enjoy helping others, but don’t know what other people need or how they can help.  We’ll face this head on in an interactive reciprocity psychological experiment, so join in with a request of your own (e.g. a contact at a certain business, a workshop with a circular saw?) and let’s see if we can help you and also enable you to help others.
Author names and details for ISPY to be announced in the coming weeks! Keep an eye on our website for further details. 
All Tickets: £18. Unreserved. Cabaret style seating
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CWA Dagger News

The CWA will announce the 2017 longlists for eight of the prestigious CWA Daggers at a reception to be held at CrimeFest on Friday 19 May. The winner of the Margery Allingham Short Story Competition will also be revealed.

Shortly after they’ll be inviting the crime-reading public to submit their book reviews on Meanwhile, readers are being urged to read the books by authors longlisted for this year’s Dagger in the Library award and give their feedback at the Reading Agency website. The award will be presented at Bodies from the Library at London’s British Library on Saturday 17 June.

The shortlists will be announced this summer, and all other Daggers, including the Diamond Dagger which this year goes to the amazing Ann Cleeves, are to be awarded at a glitzy dinner at the Grange City Hotel, London on October 26.

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