A literary twist on TED talks, 5×15 offered five snapshot views from writers and thinkers to challenge our approach to the world.

Polly Morland eased us in with a broad and uncontroversial look at human capacity for change.

Daniel Rachel gave an engaging potted history of 1970s and 80s mixing of pop and politics, perhaps ascribing a little too much agency to activists’ action.

Katy Jon Went offered her personal reflections on gender revolutions and the changing vocabulary of sexuality.

UEA’s Rebecca Stott gave a touchingly honest introduction to her memoir on being born into the strict religious community the Exclusive Brethren; her family’s eventual separation from it; and the creative and destructive effects on her father.

David Bellos drily challenged common misconceptions about Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, focusing on seven key dates that should change how we think about the story.