Friday 7 September, 7 PM

The Roost, Floor 14, Thames Tower, Station Rd, Reading RG1 1LX

"Conversation is a meeting of minds with different memories and habits. When minds meet they don’t just exchange facts, they transform them… Conversation doesn’t just reshuffle the cards: it creates new cards, and it involves being willing to emerge a slightly different person." –Theodore Zeldin

Join renowned Oxford University philosopher, historian and author Theodore Zeldin for his Feast of Strangers on 7 September. You will be invited to enjoy a delicious meal opposite a total stranger. By working through a menu of different questions, each diner will reflect on how they are spending their lives, drawing new conclusions from their own experiences and gaining an understanding of one another.  Your encounter will be both absorbing and permanently memorable; it will change your world, even if just for a short time.

Theodore Zeldin CBE, Oxford University historian and philosopher, has been a pioneer in revealing how relationships and emotions such as love, fear, loneliness, friendship and ambition have evolved in different civilisations over the centuries, and most importantly, how they can be changed again today through a new kind of conversation that creates trust between strangers, new ways of working that avoid boredom, and new attitudes to rebellious youth and forsaken old age.

He has been an adviser to the President of France, made a Commandeur de la Légion d’Honneur and awarded The Wolfson Prize.

Feast of Strangers is a Reading on Thames Festival commission, with funding by the Arts Council / Heritage Lottery Fund.

Ticket Price: £10 Full Price / £5 Concessions