By Adam Roberts | February 2, 2011
Categories: Events and Appearances
So, what are you doing this weekend? Me, I delivering the New Year's Lecture at the Universiteit Leiden, Campus Den Haag (Friday 5th February, starting at 7pm) at the invitation of the LUC Brill Nijhoff Writing Institute. Here's a (PDF) document detailing this interesting and diverting occasion; I believe it's not too late to register. If you happen to be in the vicinity of the Hague that Friday evening, it would be lovely to see you. I shall talk about democracy, about giants, about headlessness, about ignorance, and if I have time I shall cover the meaning of life and the optimum strategy for eternal happiness. A splendid time is guaranteed for all.
Afterwards: as recorded on twitter -- I delivered a lecture on democracy/ignorance/internet and New Model Army to a very lively, intelligent audience of mostly University of Leiden/Den Haag social policy/international law undergraduates. It went extremely well: the students had all read the novel, and the questions and after-lecture discussion was intelligent and informed and really stimulating. All were fluent in English (their classes are all given in English). This in turn made me wonder: when the UK brings in £9,000 annual fees, come September, won't all the best students simply go to the Continent? Much cheaper, and just as good.