BookTalk event, 22nd October 2018: Ted Chiang’s Story of your Life and the film adaptation Arrival


Following on from last year’s diverse BookTalk schedule, we are pleased to announce our first event of the year, which will draw on themes from literature and film. We will begin this year’s BookTalk schedule in the Science Fiction genre, with discussion of Ted Chiang’s Story of Your Life, and Arrival (Denis Villeneuve, 2016), the film based on Chiang’s novella.

BookTalk will be joined by four expert speakers to discuss Story of Your Life and its film adaptation:

Dr Orestis Palermos is a Lecturer in Philosophy at Cardiff University. Orestis works at the intersection of philosophy of mind, epistemology and philosophy of science. He is interested in the way philosophy can impact the design of emerging technologies.

Dr Catherine Laing is a Lecturer in Language and Linguistics at Cardiff University. She is interested in psycholinguistics – how language is manifested in the mind – particularly in relation to how children and adults learn language.

Jenifer Millard is a Postgraduate Researcher in the Galaxies Department of the School of Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff University. Her research focuses on exploring dust in galaxies, throughout space and cosmic time. She is also co-host of a bi-monthly astronomy and space podcast called Awesome Astronomy, where she discusses the latest news, debunks conspiracy theories, debates the greatest dilemmas facing modern astronomy and space travel, and interviews anyone she can get her hands on, from astronauts to engineers to scientists.

Matthew Allen is an astrophysicist, working in education and science engagement, to excite and educate people about all things space! He first became amazed by astrophysics and space by watching and reading sci-fi, so he now hopes to inspire other people in the same way!

The speakers will present and there will be plenty of opportunity for audience questions and discussion. You may want to read Story of Your Life or watch Arrival prior to this event.

As usual, the main event will be preceded by a reception with tea, coffee and biscuits at 6.30pm in Cardiff University’s School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Maindy Road, Cardiff CF24 4HQ.

All welcome! Book your free tickets via Eventbrite by clicking here.


Emily Brontë at 200: Catherine Paula Han on The Conversation

A summer news special from Cardiff BookTalk! Over the next week, which marks the bicentenary of Emily Brontë’s birth, the three brilliant speakers from our June event will be publishing articles exploring Brontë’s legacy at The Conversation UK. The first of these articles is by Cardiff University’s … Continue reading Emily Brontë at 200: Catherine Paula Han on The Conversation

Cardiff BookTalk to be filmed for Channel 4 documentary

Cardiff BookTalk is pleased to announce that our final event of the year, marking the bicentenary of Emily Brontë, will be filmed by a Cardiff TV company producing a new arts documentary on Brontë and her novel Wuthering Heights. The documentary will be aired on Channel 4 later in the year and will be presented by the actress and activist Lily Cole.

So brush up on your Brontë knowledge and make sure to come along on Monday night to Cardiff University’s Main Building, where there’ll be fascinating papers by three expert speakers and a chance to share your views – with Cardiff BookTalk, and with Channel 4! Tickets are going very fast to make sure to grab yours here.

(If you’re attending the event and you’d prefer not to be filmed, that’s no problem; just let the production team know on the night.)


EVENT UPDATE 11/06/18: Wuthering Heights Panel Alteration

With our final event of the 2017/18 year now only a week away comes a last minute panel change: Professor Stevie Davies is unfortunately no longer able to join us, but in her place we are thrilled to be hosting Dr. Márta Minier, Lecturer in Drama at the University of South Wales. Márta will join our two other expert speakers, Dr. Amber Pouliot and Dr. Catherine Paula Han, to discuss Emily Brontë and Wuthering Heights.

If you haven’t yet grabbed your tickets, they are free on Eventbrite but going quickly – get yours here!

BookTalk event, 11th June 2018: Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights

Our final BookTalk event for the Spring will celebrate the bicentenary of Emily Brontë with a discussion of her only – confirmed – novel: Wuthering Heights. When Wuthering Heights was published in 1847, one reviewer remarked that ‘the reader is shocked, almost sickened by details of cruelty, inhumanity, … Continue reading BookTalk event, 11th June 2018: Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights