Brighton Festival 2015 Days 5 & 6: Ruth Scurr & Jeanette Winterson

This post concludes my first week of volunteering. The festival ends next weekend, and I don’t want to think about writing these posts without the excitement of the next event. Ruth Scurr on John Aubrey Ruth Scurr, Historian, literary critic and biographer of John Aubrey (the man who redefined the way in which biographies were written) was in conversation with Erica Wagner. Ruth Scurr (RS) began by talking about John Aubrey and his role in ………

Brighton Festival 2015, Day 3 & 4: Liberty & Carol Ann Duffy

I’ve been very lucky this year, Brighton Festival has been packed full of some of my wonderful writers and poets. And I’ve not even told you about Jeanette Winterson yet. But I shouldn’t get ahead of myself, before Winterson there was Liberty and Carol Ann Duffy: On Liberty ‘On Liberty’ was an event to ‘highlight the role our Human Rights Act plays in protecting us all‘. Shami Chakrabarti hosted the evening of readings and music, joined by Ali ………

Brighton Festival 2015 Day 2: Kamila Shamsie, Jackie Kay & Ali Smith

Day 2 of the Brighton festival – a wonderful mash-up of Baileys prize shortlisted and poetry genius. Kamila Shamsie Shamsie is the author of A God In Every Stone (and a plethora of other novels) which is shortlisted for the Baileys Prize for Women’s fiction. Kamila Shamsie (KS) was a very interesting speaker, and it was good to get some insight into her novel as I want to read it before the Baileys winner is ………

Brighton Festival 2015: Day 1

And so my recounting of the Brighton Festival begins. Day one was a marvellous mix of politics and poetry, not exactly all at once. Zoe Williams – ‘Get it Together’ Zoe, journalist and author, was speaking about the mobilisation of the left/situation of left-wing politics. I consider myself an ill-educated lefty, in that I am left-wing but don’t delve into the politics of it. I suppose I was the target audience, as Zoe was encouraging ………