About this event

  • Date and time Wed 6 Oct 2021 from 7:00pm to 8:05pm
  • Location Online

Register here to join our In Conversation Live with Tom Holland

Award-winning historian, biographer and broadcaster, Tom Holland, will be joining Professor Sir Simon Wessely, RSM immediate Past-President, for a conversation about his career, how he came to write his recent book Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind, which has been hugely praised and described as “completely transforms your understanding of the world”. Tom will also be talking about his process and research when writing historically correct biographies, and how historical pandemics compare to COVID-19.

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Tom is the author of Rubicon: The Triumph and the Tragedy of the Roman Republic, which won the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize; Persian Fire his history of the Graeco-Persian wars, won the Anglo-Hellenic League’s Runciman Award in 2006; Millennium: The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom, a panoramic account of the two centuries on either side of the apocalyptic year 1000; In the Shadow of the Sword, which covers the collapse of Roman and Persian power in the Near East, and the emergence of Islam; Dynasty, a portrait of Rome's first imperial dynasty, and Dominion, explores why Christianity is the most enduring and influential legacy of the ancient world, published in 2019 and now available in paperback.

Tom has adapted Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides and Virgil for the BBC. His translation of Herodotus was published in 2013 by Penguin Classics, and his translation of Suetonius – also for Penguin Classics – comes out next year. His biography of Æthelstan, the first King of England, was published in 2016 under the Penguin Monarchs series, and his biography of Æthelflæd, England’s Forgotten Founder, was a Ladybird Expert Book published in 2019. 

Tom is the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Making History and co-writer and co-presenter of the podcast, The Rest is History, with Dominic Sandbrook.  He has written and presented several TV documentaries, for the BBC and Channel 4, on subjects ranging from ISIS to dinosaurs.

He served two years as the Chair of the Society of Authors and is Chair of the British Library’s PLR Advisory Committee.

He has been described in The Times as “a leading English cricketer,” and this year has been awarded a benefit by the Authors CC, the team he plays for. The money raised is going to homeless charities.

Learn more about Tom’s works by visiting his website.

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*There may be slight changes to the advertised start and end times of this webinar, subject to Mr Holland’s work requirements.


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