Brighton Festival: a strong global program of books and debates

Michael Rosen

The Brighton Festival continues its reputation as a leading platform to engage in lively discussion and debate with 35 books and debate events for all ages from 7-29 May.

Spokesperson Claire Andrews said: “Highlights include one of this year’s Festival co-directors, Syrian architect and author Marwa Al-Sabouni, examining the role architecture can play in creating a community during a discussion around her latest book, Building for Hope, on May 14. At a joint event with the 2021 Charleston Festival Nobel Prize in Literature winner, Abdulrazak Gurnah will discuss the inspiration behind his work and his childhood in Zanzibar on May 19; and former Brighton Festival guest director Michael Rosen, along with Cressida Cowell and AM Dassu are among the authors exploring their latest books and sharing their inspiration via our Young Readers program from May 7-29.

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The COP Conversations and Global Conversations online series offer Brighton Festival audiences new perspectives on nature, identity and new realities for just £5 a ticket. The Change our Planet (COP) series is inspired by Marwa Al-Sabouni’s references to generational differences in Building for Hope. The Brighton Festival will explore the potential of finding game-changing solutions via an intergenerational approach, with conversations between Trafik author Rikki Ducornet and Libia Brenda, literary critic and first Mexican woman nominated for the prestigious Hugo Award for the anthology A Larger Reality /Una realidad más amplia, which she edited.

This year’s Global Conversations will allow for cross-border dialogue between some of the most creative minds on the planet, including Ghanaian architect Cecil Abbey in conversation with Asian-British architect Kieren Majhail on cities of the future on 21 May. In Moving Spaces, British author Anita Sethi joins acclaimed Malaysian author Tan Twan Eng on May 15 to explore ideas of belonging and how our natural environments shape our life experiences.

The Festival of Ideas returns in partnership with the University of Sussex and the Attenborough Center for the Creative Arts (ACCA), through a series of thought-provoking screenings and discussions that explore new ways of thinking about the past, present and future. coming. The series includes the untold story of 1990s anarcho-pop band Chumbawamba in I Get Knocked Down on May 18 and Making Space, a panel discussion on May 16 that explores some of the imaginative ways that curators, artists and activists have used to combat cultural inequalities in public art institutions.

Discover the city through the eyes of its youngest residents with The Book of Brighton & Hove on May 24. A guide like no other, this collaborative project written by 200 schoolchildren across the city reveals their favorite places, hopes and fears for the city at a time of great uncertainty. The project debuts at Riwaq, a bespoke temporary arts space based in Hove Lawns which hosts an eclectic program of free cultural and community events during the Festival.

In Thrones & Bones on May 16, Tasha Suri and Samantha Shannon, authors of popular series Burning Kingdoms and Bone Season respectively, read excerpts from their work and discuss how speculative fiction can help us understand the value of life. humanity, justice and fear of the unknown.

On May 21, acclaimed writer Leone Ross shares his atmospheric novel This One Sky Day (shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize and the Woman’s Prize). Its memorable characters live in the sunset-pink world of Popisho, held in check by the Fateful, an incredibly funky council of visionary women. In conversation with Naana Orleans-Amissah, creative strategist and host of the found IG series, ART, Leone shares her gripping third novel and how place creates reality.

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