Paul Strathern – Dark Brilliance

Tickets £11/£9


Between the end of the Renaissance and the start of the Enlightenment, Europe lived through an era known as the Age of Reason. It was a period which saw advances in art, science, philosophy, political theory and economics. However, all this was achieved against a background of extreme turbulence. Focusing on key characters from the seventeenth to the eighteenth centuries, including Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Newton, Descartes, Spinoza, Louis XIV and Charles I, Paul Strathern offers a fascinating and wide-ranging history that explores the human costs of imposing progress and modernity.

Chaired by Will Mackie




‘Strathern’s canvas is immense, yet the picture he paints is never less than pellucid, and packed with lively detail and fascinating facts.’ – John Banville, Wall Street Journal on The Other Renaissance


Booking Information

  • Priority Booking for Festival Friends opens at 08.00 on Friday 1st of March. Tickets go on general sale from Monday 4th March.
  • Hearing loops are available for Theatre and Library events. Carers qualify for free ‘essential companion’ tickets. Wheelchair spaces are limited. In all cases, please call the Box Office on 01434 652477 to book or email:
  • Tickets cannot be refunded but can be exchanged for other Book Festival events.


Theatre, Queen's Hall Arts Centre
Theatre, Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE46 3LS


28 Apr 2024


12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

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