Why does time appear to slow down during an accident? Why, after Roger Bannister ran a sub-4 minute mile, could all his rivals do it too? How did timekeeping come to dominate our lives and is there anything we can do about it? In this illustrated talk, bestselling author Simon Garfield will turn the Round Room into a clock and explain what makes us tick.

Simon Garfield is the author of 18 books of non-fiction, including the international bestsellers Mauve, Just My Type, and On The Map. The End of Innocence, his history of Aids in Britain, won the Somerset Maugham Prize. His latest book is Timekeepers: How the World Became Obsessed with Time (Canongate), named as a book of the year in the Observer and the Sunday Times. He lives in London and St Ives.