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Hilary Mantel: Shaking hands with Satan

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From rumours that Anne Boleyn sold her soul for her crown to the Faustian pacts of the technology age, Hilary Mantel investigates the history of the human relationship with the devil in this specially commissioned talk. Read More

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Bill Frisell Trio - A Welcome Return

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It is a real coup for the Howard Assembly Room to be putting on Bill Frisell. It has been over 20 years (too long) since his last appearance in June 1990 in a concert promoted by the former Leeds Jazz at the Irish Centre.  Read More

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Imagining Hy Brasil

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Chris Watson, sound artist for BBC TV's award-winning Frozen Planet, describes his creation Hy Brasil - an enchanted island, hidden in fog somewhere off the coast of Ireland.  Read More

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Penguin Café: Reflections On A Dream

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The story goes that Penguin Café Orchestra was conceived in a dream. The Orchestra played in the Penguin Café, a place of warmth and happiness in an otherwise spiritless monotonous country, empty of emotion, life or community. Read More

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