Our annual lecture is designed to stimulate debate and discussion about the transformative power of reading. Russell Brand's energetic, impassioned talk at this year's lecture on 25 November certainly achieved that: he covered libraries, the imagination, creativity and the potential of stories to transform the way we see the world.
Brand brought a pile of books onto the stage at the Logan Hall at the Institute of Education, reading from some of the books that had been given to him by others and inspired him throughout his life. He said:
People keep giving me books, everywhere I go, the car's cluttered up with books. It's not the same as being given a bar of chocolate, there is a sanctity to it, it means something to them, and it's an indication of what they feel about me.
You can see how the night unfolded on social media through our Storify.
Brand read from a selection of the books he brought onto the stage including The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton and Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. Here's the list of books in full:
The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth by Buckminster Fuller
The Sermon on the Mount by Emmet Fox
Biocentrism by MD Lanza
The Awakener by Sandy Stevens
Inner Gold by Robert A. Johnson
Kiss My Asbo by Alistair Fruish
The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge by Jeremy Narby
Austerity by Mark Blyth
History of the Russian Revolution by Leon Trotsky
The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer
Anarchism: A Collection of Revolutionary Writings by Peter Kropotkin
The Male Agenda by Barry Durdant-Hollamby
The Breaking of the Shell by Barry Durdant-Hollamby
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities by Christian and Adams
Take a look at photos from the lecture.
See how the event unfolded on social media in our Storify.