Brighton Festival 2014: Lynn Barber and the Dark and Stormy Festival

This is a recount of the final events of the last weekend I helped with at the Brighton festival. Lynn Barber on Celebrity Interviews This event was in collaboration with New Writing South. Barber is a journalist, who is famous for her celebrity interviews. In this talks she discussed her method, the nature and value of celebrity (celeb) interviews. Barber was delightful, you can see how any celeb would become relaxed in her presence. I ………

Brighton Festival: Natalie Haynes, Lindsey Davis, Tony Parsons and the Dark and Stormy Festival

We’ve reached my final weekend of the festival now, and here I will recount two thirds of the events from the penultimate day. These events were part of the Dark and Stormy Festival, a celebration of crime fiction, which partnered with the Brighton Festival. (I failed at tacking pictures at this event, sorry!) Natalie Haynes and Lindsay Davis. Haynes and Davis write very different fiction. The former set her début novel, The Amber Fury, in modern-day Edinburgh. The ………

Brighton Festival: Modern Poetry in Translation

Those of you who have been following my blog for a while will know that I helped Modern Poetry in Translation (MPT) when they attended Brighton Festival last year. I loved it, and even though I probably wasn’t needed this year, Mathew (organiser of the literary events) kindly let me help out once again. As I didn’t have the opportunity to pick up this spring’s edition of MPT, Twisted Angels, I don’t have a poem for ………

Brighton Festival 2014: Alex Bellos and AC Grayling

Another weekend another fun two days volunteering! Alex Bellos, Alex Through the Looking Glass (Saturday 17th May) Unfortunately I forgot my note pad on Saturday so I didn’t have the chance to jot anything down. Apologies for any inaccuracies, I’m writing from memory. Alex Bellos is a writer and broadcaster, he studied mathematics and philosophy at University and thus is quite the genius, in my opinion at least. You may know of Bellos either from his ………