This year’s festival is taking place nationally 17 – 25 November 2016. Being Human is led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.

  • A Michael Morpurgo double bill for this year’s festival

    21 October, 2016

    By Rachel Smith | Michael Morpurgo is one of Britain’s best-loved storytellers and has published over 150 books for children. This post looks at two of our Being Human events celebrating the author’s writing.

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  • Child migrant stories

    18 October, 2016

    By Eithne Nightingale | In this post, we hear about the research involved in the event Child migrant stories, which retells the emotional and physical journeys child migrants have undergone in order to reach the UK.

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  • Being Human on the radio

    13 October, 2016

    What does our thinking about animals reveal about ourselves? BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking will broadcast a special programme tackling this beastly question with a focus on upcoming festival events.

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  • Hope and fear in 2016

    27 September, 2016

    By Michael Eades | Our curator looks at the pertinence of this year’s hope and fear theme. Our programme not only focuses on today’s global challenges, but also shows how problems can prompt leaps of imagination, compassion and creativity.

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