Weekly news roundup

Weekly news roundup

Weekly news roundup

With less than one month to go until the festival opens on 15 November, we have crossed an important milestone at Being Human HQ. If you have not done so already, scour our online programme – you will see there is a lot to choose from – then check your diaries and book the trains, the planes and whatever forms of transport will take you to your selected Being Human events.

There has been a flurry of online activity about the festival this week, which includes the Being Human team joining in the celebrations for UK #chocolateweek and showing that research in the humanities can appeal to those with a sweet tooth as well as an enquiring mind.

A guest blog from Dr Sara Pennell of the University of Roehampton reflecting on the Proustian possibilities of chocolate cake, got the week off to an appetising start. It also saw the launch of a quiz on Wednesday that challenged people to guess the identity of famous chocoholics from the literary world and characters that have featured in popular movies. Thanks to everyone who joined in.

We have been very busy at Being Human HQ, but we are delighted to see that, all across the country, you have been even busier. On Monday the dynamic team behind Nottingham’s celebration of Heroes and Villains, Subversion and Rebellion posted a new blog by Professor Steven Mumford on the essential curiosity of all humans, while EcoCentrix Online, an online platform for indigenous arts performance, posted a wonderful teaser for the art featured in their online exhibition, which opens on 16 November. And the team behind the AHRC-funded ‘Chicken Project’ have also been hard at work, calling for chicken-related material  to print and exhibit at their event at Vindoolanda Trust on the 15November.

From chocolate to chickens, it  has been a fantastic  week for everyone getting ready for Being Human, and for the humanities generally. The annual Arts and Humanities Festival at King’s College London kicked off on Wednesday (15 October) with the fascinating theme of ‘Underground’. Their programme can be viewed here…. Get digging!

Dr Michael Eades, Being Human festival curator