Matthew Stadlen

Matthew Stadlen is a broadcaster, writer and regular How To Academy host. Previously he was an LBC presenter, wrote The Matthew Stadlen Interview for the Telegraph and presented the TV series Five Minutes With and On The Road With for the BBC. He is a birdwatcher and photographer, and his book How To See Birds is out now. Twitter: @matthewstadlen
Virtual Event – MI9: A History of the Secret Service for Escape and Evasion
During WWII, Allied fighters trapped behind enemy lines were helped to escape by MI9. This branch of military intelligence, made up of secret agents and resistance fighters, established clandestine escape routes that criss-crossed Nazi-occupied Europe. Often at great risk to themselves and their families, the members of MI9 helped soldiers and airmen to find their way home. Central to its success were figures such as Airey Neave, Jimmy Langley, Sam Derry, and Mary Lindell – one o...
Escapades in Food and Wine

New Statesman wine critic, Nina Caplan, explores the history of the grape, depicting delightful portraits of the eccentric characters she meets – from Catalonia to the Sussex Downs – all sharing her passion for wine. Award-winning food writer and illustrator, Elizabeth Luard, offers an enchanting food memoir, as she tells the tales of dishes gathered from her wanderings across the globe, from Crete to Ethiopia to Tasmania.

Eve Was Shamed
What comes after #MeToo? In this ‘chilling exposé’ of British justice, Helena Kennedy QC, one of our most eminent lawyers and human rights activists, confronts a system that is discriminating against – and failing – women. The law, she argues, holds up a mirror to society and it is not serving women well. The #MeToo movement has, in part, been a reaction to those failures. So what comes next? Helena Kennedy shows with force and fury that change for women must start at the heart of wh...
Truth, Love, Jews and Food
Food: a subject close to our hearts and souls, as well as our stomachs. Two award-winning foodies —  journalist and Spectator restaurant critic, Tanya Gold, and journalist, broadcaster and Observer food critic Jay Rayner — and one incredibly successful restaurateur, Jeremy King of Corbin & King – talk about subjects including why the people of the book became so passionate about what we put into our bodies; the role of the food critic in today’s society...
Steven Berkoff: A World Elsewhere
Steven Berkoff, one of Britain’s finest actors, directors and playwrights, presents his fascinating autobiography, spanning fifty years of his work. He compellingly describes his multifarious theatrical works, outlining the methods he uses and the subtle interconnections between actor, playwright and theatre director, when one discipline melds effortlessly into another. A World Elsewhere is the part analysis and part confession of an artist whose work has been performed all over th...
The Secret World of Sleep

For consultant neurologist Guy Leschziner’s patients, there is no rest for the weary in mind and body. Insomnia, narcolepsy, night terrors, apnoea and sleepwalking are just some of the conditions that afflict many of us. With compassionate stories of his patients and their conditions, Guy illuminates the neuroscience behind our sleeping minds.

The Outsiders
The history of Europe is permeated with enforced exodus, displaced peoples and mass migration. Philipp Ther explores the major expulsions and their aftermath first set in motion throughout modern Europe by Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain in 1492, Amelia Gentleman explores the impact of the Windrush Scandal and Panikos Panayi examines the immigrants who have made London great, from those escaping the pogroms of Eastern Europe in the Victorian era to the post-war Windrush generation. In ...
Legacy
In the early 1800s Lehmann Gluckstein fled Eastern Europe for Whitechapel. He and his family created a small tobacco factory that eventually became the largest catering company in the world: J. Lyons. For over a century Lyons restaurants and corner houses were on every high street, bringing the world to the British people, democratising luxury and globalising our tastes. Legacy: One Family, a Cup of Tea, and the Company who took on the World charts the rise and fall of one of the most influen...
Clothes…and Other Things that Matter – Online Event
‘As I thought about what to do with the clothes, I became more interested in what the different items had meant to me. About why I had bought them. What I hoped I might feel wearing them. Why some things I had bought again and again. Why we wear the things we wear and why some we keep and get rid of others. Which we attach an emotional value to and why. And what could be said about the world we live in by looking at the clothes we wear.’ Alexandra Shulm...
Virtual Event – MI9: A History of the Secret Service for Escape and Evasion
During WWII, Allied fighters trapped behind enemy lines were helped to escape by MI9. This branch of military intelligence, made up of secret agents and resistance fighters, established clandestine escape routes that criss-crossed Nazi-occupied Europe. Often at great risk to themselves and their families, the members of MI9 helped soldiers and airmen to find their way home. Central to its success were figures such as Airey Neave, Jimmy Langley, Sam Derry, and Mary Lindell – one o...