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Words at Kings Place

Words at Kings Place offers an eclectic programme of events offering a wide range of international writers from all genres. Kings Place is home to Poet in the City and Jewish Book Week (the UK’s second oldest book festival), which both draw enthusiastic audiences to their sell-out events. The regular Monday night events have featured novelists Julian Barnes, David Lodge, Ali Smith and Val McDermid, biographers Robert Douglas Fairhurst and Artemis Cooper, scientists Norman Doidge and Alan Ropper, economist Barry Eichengreen, essayist Raymond Tallis, Rose Tremain, Richard Dawkins and Ian Rankin, to name but a few.

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Hall One

Baudelaire: Botanist of the Sidewalk

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 - 7:00pm /

One hundred and fifty years after Charles Baudelaire's death, join Poet in the City and the Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation as they traverse the psychogeography of the city and explore the extraordinary impact of this writer through discussion and poetry.

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St Pancras Room

Pre-concert talk: Katia and Marielle Labèque with Igor Toronyi-Lalic

Friday, 24 November 2017 - 6:15pm /

Arts Editor of The Spectator and co-director of the London Contemporary Music Festival, Igor Toronyi-Lalic, speaks to the Labèque sisters about their relationship with Mozart’s music and illustrious international career.

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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – What is Light?

Sunday, 26 November 2017 - 11:30am /

The music: It’s the end of the world as we know it as Bach explores the Last Judgement with powerful trumpets creating a dark sense of foreboding. The science: Our guest, on the other hand, brings light to proceedings. Sir John Pendry is a world-leading expert in his field who will explore the elusive question, ‘what is light?’.

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SOLD OUT – Throwing Shade Live

Friday, 1 December 2017 - 8:00pm /

Throwing Shade Live is a boundary-pushing political comedy podcast and TV show hosted by Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi who bring their fresh takes on pop culture, women’s rights, and LGBT rights live to the stage for an evening of hilarity and vulgarity.

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SOLD OUT – The Guilty Feminist

Monday, 4 December 2017 - 7:30pm /

Ever felt like you should be better at feminism? Join comedian Deborah Frances-White for her comedy podcast, recorded in front of a live audience.

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St Pancras Room

Criminal Improv: Pippa Evans, Tom Bell, Andrew Pugsley & Sylvia Bishop

Friday, 8 December 2017 - 7:30pm /

Produced and hosted by Ralph Jones and Joel Gatehouse, Criminal Improv is a comedy night and podcast recorded in front of a live audience. Join a lineup of wonderful comedy talents as they solve a murder in front of your eyes.

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Rock ’n’ Roll Politics Christmas Special with Steve Richards

Thursday, 14 December 2017 - 7:00pm /

Join award-winning columnist and broadcaster, Steve Richards, for his latest behind-the-scenes tour of British politics. An evening of high political drama is guaranteed.

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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – Antimatter Matters

Sunday, 17 December 2017 - 11:30am /

The music: It’s Christmas time, so we perform a cantata Bach wrote for the festive period, 1723. The science: Bach’s music was all about symmetries. A world expert in antimatter, Professor Tara Shears explains how these elusive particles involve symmetries that are almost, but not quite perfect.

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When Time Began: Creation myths from around the world

Saturday, 6 January 2018 - 11:30am /

Performance storytelling with Emily Hennessey, Sheema Mukherjee, Ben Haggarty & Nick Hennessey. If you’re aged 8 to 108 then this is your chance to enter a cinema of the imagination from the moment that time began.

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St Pancras Room

The Ten Thousand Year Clock and Other Stories with David Rooney

Saturday, 6 January 2018 - 4:00pm /

David Rooney, Keeper of Technologies and Engineering at the Science Museum, reveals the secrets and stories behind precision time-keeping, which rules so many aspects of the modern world and our lives.

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