Brighton Festival 2015: Gillian Beer & Alice in Wonderland, and Masha Gessen

Another Brighton Festival has come to an end (the Fringe lives on for another week) and the buzz of heading to event after event is slowly dissipating. I still have no idea what I’ll do this month, but a succession of dinner dates with lovely friends has helped bridge the gap thus far. Gillian Beer on Darwin & Alice in Wonderland Gillian is a is a British literary critic and academic. ‘Are you animal, vegetable or ………

Brighton Festival 2015: French Resistance in WW1, Elif Shafak & Rachel Holmes

Another Brighton Festival has come to an end (the Fringe lives on for another week) and the buzz of heading to event after event is slowly dissipating. I still have no idea what I’ll do in June, but a succession of dinner dates with lovely friends will help bridge the gap this week. Resistance Historian Roderick Kedward, writer Caroline Moorehead spoke with Martin Evans This was a talk on the role of the resistance during ………

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 ………