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 ………

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 ………