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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site


London Review of Books winter lectures
Nicholas Spice: Is Wagner bad for us?

Monday 25 February,

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No composer before or since has divided taste and opinion as violently as Wagner has. A lecture by Nicholas Spice on Wagner.

In every generation of musicians and listeners there are those who worship Wagner, those who cannot abide him and those who feel love and distaste by turns.

At the start of the Wagner bicentenary year, Nicholas Spice asks: how do we get Wagner straight in our heads? How does his music work on us and what does this tell us about our relationship with music in general?

Nicholas Spice has written on music, psychoanalysis and fiction for the London Review of Books, where he has been publisher since 1982.

London Review of Books winter lectures

Hilary Mantel: Undressing Anne Boleyn
Monday 4 February

David Runciman: The crisis of American democracy
Monday 11 February

Nicholas Spice: Is Wagner bad for us?
Monday 25 February

In collaboration with the London Review of Books

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Nicholas Spice. Photo: Sebastiaan ter Burg.