The Blackfriars Talks 2020

Sunday 13th – Sunday 20th September  


What’s Happening?

The Blackfriars Talks go virtual – and free!

Highlights this year include Mary Beard, David Olusoga and Neil Gaiman, leading historian and broadcaster Michael Wood bringing to life the history of China, Olivette Otele talking about her new book African Europeans: An Untold History, Michael Scott star of the BBC TV series Ancient Invisible Cities and Festival President Janina Ramirez who shares enthralling tales of medieval women.

We’re excited to be bringing this year’s free programme right into your home with our virtual Blackfriars Talks.

You can watch all our events on this website between Sunday 13th and Sun 20th September and most events will be available for at least 30 days afterwards. All events are free and the programme is listed below.

Would you like to put a question to one of our speakers? Please email it in advance to  by the date mentioned on each event page.

A great opportunity for everyone new to the Blackfriars Talks to enjoy them at home for free and join our live audience next year!

Blackfriars Events Below

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Event Location

Past & Future Events

september 2020

13sep6:00 pm13oct7:00 pmEvent has startedVirtual EventWriting Medieval Women Back Into HistoryJanina RamirezEvent Type :Black Friars

13sep8:00 pm13oct9:00 pmEvent has startedVirtual EventAfrican Europeans: An Untold HistoryOlivette Otele Event Type :Black Friars

14sep6:00 pm14oct7:00 pmEvent has startedVirtual Event100 Great Black BritonsPatrick Vernon & Dr Angelina OsborneEvent Type :Black Friars

15sep6:00 pm15oct7:00 pmEvent has startedVirtual EventLouis VIII: England’s Forgotten King?Catherine HanleyEvent Type :Black Friars

15sep8:00 pm15oct9:00 pmEvent has startedVirtual EventAncient Global DiscoverersMichael Scott & Janina RamirezEvent Type :Black Friars

16sep6:00 pm16oct7:00 pmEvent has startedVirtual EventHenry III: The Rise to PowerDavid CarpenterEvent Type :Black Friars

16sep8:00 pm16oct8:45 pmEvent has startedVirtual EventA Street Through Time: Gloucester's Westgate StAndrew ArmstrongEvent Type :Black Friars

17sep6:00 pm17oct7:00 pmEvent has startedVirtual EventMary Beard in ConversationEvent Type :Black Friars

17sep8:00 pm17oct9:00 pmEvent has startedVirtual EventThe Story Of ChinaMichael WoodEvent Type :Black Friars

18sep6:00 pm18oct7:00 pmEvent has startedVirtual EventThe Journey to The MayflowerStephen TomkinsEvent Type :Black Friars

18sep8:00 pm18oct8:45 pmEvent has startedVirtual EventHow Special A Relationship?US Ambassador Woody Johnson & Lord Hague of Richmond in conversation with Gloucester's MP Richard GrahamEvent Type :Black Friars

19sep6:00 pm19oct7:00 pmEvent has startedVirtual EventBettany Hughes in conversationBettany HughesEvent Type :Black Friars

19sep8:00 pm19oct9:00 pmEvent has startedVirtual EventHenry VII and the Tudor PretendersNathen AminEvent Type :Black Friars

20sep4:00 pm20oct5:00 pmEvent has startedVirtual EventPrisoners of HistoryKeith LoweEvent Type :Black Friars

20sep6:00 pm20oct7:00 pmEvent has startedVirtual EventNeil Gaiman In ConversationEvent Type :Black Friars

20sep8:00 pm20oct9:00 pmEvent has startedVirtual EventDavid Olusoga In ConversationEvent Type :Black Friars

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