Lectures & Events

Lectures and discussions from the LRB, including our yearly Winter Lecture series held at the British Museum.

Akihito and the Sorrows of Japan

Richard Lloyd Parry, 28 June 2021

11 March 2020 · 55mins

In his 2020 LRB Winter Lecture, Richard Lloyd Parry considers the paradoxical figure of Akihito, who abdicated in April 2019: a hereditary monarch, the son of the wartime emperor, Hirohito, strictly barred from political utterance, who even so stood out against the historical revisionism of the nationalist right.

Is it OK to have children?

Meehan Crist, 11 May 2022

26 February 2020 · 1hr 22mins

Given what we know about the future of the planet, Meehan Crist asks: is having children a matter of consumer choice, of political conviction, or something an authority will eventually decide for us?

Fiction and the Age of Lies

Colin Burrow, 28 June 2021

12 February 2020 · 1hr 09mins

Colin Burrow ranges from Homer to Ian McEwan in his search for the truth about the relationship between lies and fiction, in this LRB Winter Lecture.

The LRB at 40

Mary-Kay Wilmers, Alan Bennett, Andrew O’Hagan, John Lanchester, Yun Sheng and Nicholas Spice, 18 August 2020

11 October 2019 · 1hr 30mins

We look back at 40 years of the LRB in our anniversary event at Conway Hall.

Defying Gravity

Adam Tooze, 18 August 2020

27 March 2019 · 1hr 36mins

Adam Tooze examines an alternative, counterintuitive vision of America, as a power defying gravity.


Christopher Clark, 8 July 2021

27 February 2019 · 1hr 10mins

Christopher Clark explains why the revolutions of 1848 weren’t failures, and why we should think about them now.

The Communal Mind

Patricia Lockwood, 14 July 2021

21 February 2019 · 1hr 04mins

Patricia Lockwood travels through the internet and wonders why we're talking like this.

What does she think she looks like?

Rosemary Hill, 18 August 2020

28 March 2018 · 46mins

Rosemary Hill looks at women and clothes, and what happens between them, in life and literature, in her 2018 LRB Winter Lecture.

The Genesis of Blame

Anne Enright, 18 August 2020

6 March 2018 · 35mins

Anne Enright delivers her lecture on how corruptions of the Adam and Eve story have poisoned relations between men and women.

Women in Power

Mary Beard, 1 March 2022

8 March 2017 · 1hr 13mins

From Medusa to Merkel, Mary Beard considers the extent to which the exclusion of women from power is culturally embedded.

Let Them Drown

Naomi Klein, 1 November 2021

4 May 2016 · 1hr 28mins

In her 2016 Edward W. Said lecture, Naomi Klein examines how Said's ideas of racial hierarchy, including Orientalism, have been the silent partners to climate change since the earliest days of the steam engine.

Easter 1916

Colm Tóibín, 18 August 2020

5 April 2016 · 1hr 06mins

Colm Tóibín tells the story of Easter 1916, following the main personalities involved, including Thomas Clarke and Patrick Pearse.

Where on earth are you?

Frances Stonor Saunders, 18 August 2020

29 February 2016 · 56mins

Frances Stonor Saunders inspects the complex apparatus of today’s border regimes and their obsession with the verified self.

Robbing the Poor

James Meek, 3 November 2020

15 February 2016 · 1hr 22mins

James Meek argues that the Robin Hood myth has been turned on its head by the wealthiest and most powerful, so that those who were previously considered 'poor' are now accused of wallowing in luxury.

Translating Kafka

Will Self, 18 August 2020

24 September 2015 · 1hr 42mins

Will Self talks to leading translators Dr Anthea Bell, Dr Joyce Crick, Dr Karen Seago and Professor Amanda Hopkinson about the complexities of Franz Kafka’s German.