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The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


Join neuroscientist Professor John Aggleton FRS and President of the Royal Society of Literature, Colin Thubron FRSL who will be discussing their different approaches to the subject of memory.

Burning thoughts - Colin Thubron talks about his book Night of Fire exploring the nature of memory

Professor Aggleton is a world expert in the neural basis of memory. Using a mix of anatomical, behavioural and clinical methods, his research has widely expanded our understanding of how memory is stored in the brain.

Colin Thubron’s recently published novel Night of Fire, focuses on the pivotal points in the lives of the inhabitants of an apartment block about to be set on fire. As part of his preparation for the novel he researched Professor Aggleton’s own work, and the character Walford – also a neurosurgeon – acts as a cypher for Thubron’s thoughts on neuroscience.

In a discussion chaired by Guardian Books editor Claire Armitstead they will explore the ways in which we conceptualise memory and discuss how artistic and scientific approaches to such an abstract subject can aid one another in helping make these ideas more concrete.

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On memory The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK