19 Jul 2017, Imperial College Union
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Proms 2017 Proms Extra: Talk

Proms Extra: Talk
Proms Extra: Talk
17:45 Wed 19 Jul 2017 Imperial College Union
Author Richard Davenport-Hines and BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker Daisy Hay consider how opium became a stimulus to creativity in 19th-century Paris.
Author Richard Davenport-Hines and BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker Daisy Hay consider how opium became a stimulus to creativity in 19th-century Paris.

About This Event

Ahead of tonight's performance of Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique, Richard Davenport-Hines, author of The Pursuit of Oblivion: A Social History of Drugs and historian and BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker Daisy Hay consider how opium became a stimulus to creativity in 19th-century Paris, where writers such as Baudelaire, Apollinaire and Mallarmé wrote under the drug’s influence.

Edited version broadcast on BBC Radio 3 during tonight's interval.

Booking is not required for this event. Entry is on a first-come-first-served basis (doors open from 30 minutes before the event begins; capacity is limited).

Image: Dr Daisy Hay © Steven Haywood

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