Today I’m off to Byline Festival-something that I have been looking forward to for nearly a year. (To put it in perspective, I bought my ticket four days after Christmas.) They have everything-music, journalism workshops, Whistleblowers on panels… These are the eleven events that you need to know about.
Collusion: with Carole Cadwalladr and Luke Harding
Carole Cadwalladr is basically my hero; she’s female, and has broken one of the biggest stories this year. She also, in my opinion, puts up with a lot of crap to find out more about the Cambridge Analytica story. (The whistleblowers have as well.) This panel is the “Inside story” of the referendum; having missed her Frontline club event earlier this year, I’ll be attending this panel.
Byline opening show.
Circus? Flying circus? Check. Add a host of other people, and you have what looks like a spectacular opening show. It also makes me curious as to what is lined up for the finale.
Monopolies of truth.
I grew up to a backdrop of the Leveson enquiry, as well as an environment that constantly questioned press ethics. (It’s ironic that I trained to be a journalist on that basis, I think.) Anyway, journalistically Nick Davies is one of my journalism heroes-along with Carol Cadwalladr, Harold Evans, Alan Rusbridger, Lesley Ann Jones… Nick, along with Tom Watson, is giving a talk. This is not to be missed.
The Bad Press Awards.
This is a slightly tongue-in-cheek event; ‘bad journalism’ is given an award…. (!) I’m not entirely sure who is hosting it this year-according to my emails, it might possibly be Hugh Grant.
Earlier this year, I attended one of the festival’s ‘warm up’ events in East Grinstead; one of the acts that performed that night were The Priscillas. With the showmanship of Freddie Mercury, the entertainment sensibility of David Bowie, and the theatricality of Madonna, I was captivated by their set. I even danced with my friend and her son! Needless to say, I cannot wait for their set.
Salena is one of my favourite poets, alongside Sylvia Plath and Spike Milligan. (She also has a new poetry book.) Anyway, there’s the live wire… She’ll be performing, alongside other poets.
The price of truth.
One of the events that has shocked me most recently was the murder of Daphne Carauna Galizia. She was a journalist doing her job! This is a panel about investigating the aftermath, and what happened next.
Leveson catch-up: Unfinished business.
If you know me, you will know that I think that part two of the Leveson enquiry should be carried out, following an event earlier this year. Unsure of the reasons why? Read this. This event is a presentation by Brian Cathcart, one of my favourite Byline writers, followed by a discussion with Alastair Morgan and Graham Johnson. I have been lucky enough to meet all three; I am not going to miss this event for anything.
Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.
Bit of an dd title I know, but this is going to be a fascinating workshop. That’s the only way I can describe it.
The world needs good Journalists.
I was intrigued by the title of this event; it seems obvious to me that we need good journalists’. Why, therefore, does that need to be said?
The Silk Road performance.
The Silk Road will be releasing their new EP, Justice For Daniel, at the festival; this is a cause that I feel strongly about, having met Alastair Morgan. I also read his book and listened to the podcast. This is a performance not to be missed.
I’ll be live tweeting some of the events, which you can view here. (My Twitter name is @Journo_Lydia.) Do come and say hello if you’re at the festival!