Matthew Parris - Fracture: How Great Lives Take Root in Trauma The Times columnist and Radio 4's Great Lives presenter looks at shared traits in the lives of global influencers

Friday 20 November 8:00pm-9:00pm

Online video will be available from Friday 20 November 8:00pm to Sunday 22 November 10:30pm


Stratford Play House

The Times columnist and BBC Radio 4 Great Lives presenter explores a common theme that emerges from his landmark radio series: that many geniuses who have influenced our lives share a common experience - childhood trauma so severe that it should have broken them completely. He’ll be taking a long look at their lives and making the case for such towering influencers as Ada Lovelace, Frederick Douglass, Vladimir Lenin, Marie Curie, Frida Kahlo, Carl Jung, and Tupac Shakur, and asking if they succeeded not only in spite of their backgrounds, but perhaps even because of them.

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