Fri 4 December 2020

Our sister organisation Byline Festival will be kicking off tomorrow, with four days of thought-provoking talks, workshops and performances.

Here at Byline Times, we are looking forward to spending some quality time with our big sister, Byline Festival, this weekend.

Kicking off tomorrow through to Monday afternoon, August 23 to 26, the event at Pippingford Park in Ashdown Forest, East Sussex “combines music, comedy and spoken word with talks, investigations and workshops that tackle the big issues facing us today,” according to its co-founders Stephen Colegrave and Peter Jukes, who are also the executive editors of Byline Times.

Defending democracy, the climate emergency, the Brexit cliff edge, the power of journalism, race and representation are key themes which will be explored at the festival.

Headliners this year include The Feeling, Pussy Riot, Carole Cadwalladr, the Blow Monkeys, Salena Godden, Hardeep Singh Kohli, Nick Davies, Matt Bianco, Bonnie Greer, Don Letts, Lowkey, Gina Miller, Gavin Esler and Sanjeev Bhaskar.

There will also be a number of immersive experiences such as the Human Library, where people with interesting experiences to share act as books for readers to explore; and the Empathy Museum’s A Mile in my Shoes, allowing festival-goers to wear another person’s shoes and listen to their story as they walk in them.

A number of Byline Times writers will be attendance, taking part in various debates and discussions over the four days:

  • Salena Godden will be performing some of her poetry at the opening show
  • Byline Times‘ executive editor Peter Jukes will join Peter York, Kirsty Lang and Patrick Howse to discuss how we can best defend the BBC
  • Mike Stuchbery and Otto English will be debating far-right funding networks with Caolan Robertson
  • Caroline Orr will be coming over from the US to discuss how to challenge the politics of fear and the rise of populism and to explore whether Boris Johnson is Britain’s Donald Trump
  • Byline Times editor Hardeep Matharu will be leading three panels on Brexit and Empire, Racism and Integration, and Diversity in Journalism with Shahmir Sanni, Lord Victor Adebowale and Brian Cathcart
  • Byline Times writers including Stephen Colegrave and John Mitchinson will also dissect what’s missing from the Sunday papers and make an appearance at this year’s Bad Press Awards…

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Byline Times and Byline Festival are separate organisations.

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