Monthly Archives: September 2015

Bristol Festival of Ideas: Charlotte Higgins on the BBC

Our friends at the Bristol Festival of Ideas have an exciting event lined up for Thursday. Charlotte Higgins will be talking about the BBC, in a talk titled The New Noise: The Extraordinary Birth and Troubled Life of the BBC.

Here’s the blurb:

Born in the wake of calamitous war, in the high noon of empire, and at the moment of the formation of the United Kingdom as we know it, the BBC took its place as a projection of, and a power in, new ideas about nationhood, modernity and democracy.

What is the BBC? What does it mean to us now? What are the threats to its continued existence? And is it worth fighting for?

Stepping through the doors of Broadcasting House, Charlotte Higgins, the Guardian’s chief culture writer, sets out to explore this powerful, maddening and uniquely British institution. Tracing its origins, celebrating the early pioneering spirit and unearthing forgotten characters, Higgins invites us to see the BBC in a fresh way, as an organisation that,‘as well as informing, educating and entertaining, permeates and reflects our existences, infiltrates our imaginations, and forms us in myriad ways.’

Informed by the voices of figures from Lord Reith to Vita Sackville-West, as well as today’s grandees and loyalists, embattled employees and high-profile dissenters, she tells the story of an institution that has transformed Britain – and its place in the world.

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When? Thursday 1st October

What time? 19:15

Where? Waterstones, Bristol

How much? £4

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The World is Listening: Female is not a genre event

Our sisters at The World is Listening – a project devoted to supporting women musicians – have a brilliant event coming up on Sunday 27 September.

Here’s the blurb…

The World is Listening continue their quest to celebrate and represent women in music, and sparking the conversation about the cause and effect of the gender gap in the music industry.

They bring their second public discussion in Bristol to Fyfe Hall, upstairs in the Trinity Centre, debating the topic ‘Female is not a genre’, lead by 3 excellent guest speakers and our host, TWIL co-founder, Emma Hooper. The talk will be followed by an open forum where you can ask questions of our panel. Scroll below for more details on each speaker.

Expect a hands on discussion looking at the culture of musicians being labelled ‘female’ (‘female drummer’, ‘female singer’, ‘female songwriter), the sexism behind the craze (as Caitlin Moran says, to figure out if some sexism is happening at you, ask if the same applies to men), and also the benefit, need or desire to identify as female in the music industry, or just, as a human.

Speakers include Anya Pearson, a musician and writer for Fabian Society and The Guardian, Roxanne de Bastion, musician and writer for The Girls Are magazing, and Eva Lazarus, a pillar for women in music in Bristol as a performer and Patron of the new Saffron Records.
6pm Meet & Greet
7pm Debate
8-11pm DJ set with Miss Radida!
Fyfe Hall, Trinity Centre, Bristol BS2 0NW

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Erica Jong comes to Bristol Festival of Ideas

Well, this is exciting.

Erica Jong, who wrote Fear of Flying, is coming to Bristol.

She’ll be speaking at St George’s as part of the Bristol Festival of Ideas on 28 October. You can book your tickets here.

Here’s the rundown…

Erica Jong’s revolutionary bestseller, Fear of Flying, opened the door for a whole generation of women and inspired future writers and feminists from Jennifer Weiner to Lena Dunham. It has now sold more than 26 million copies worldwide.

Jong now returns with Fear of Dying to bring a powerful and lasting legacy to feminists young and old. Telling the story of a woman who never wants to give in to fear, she addresses what it really takes to be human and female in the 21st century.

Fear of Dying follows the life of Vanessa Wonderman as she watches her parents age, attends doctor appointments with her pregnant daughter, and sits by the hospital bed of her most recent husband, Asher, fifteen years her senior. With her best years as an actress behind her, she’s discovering that beginnings are easy but endings can be hard. Could her fountain of youth fantasies be fulfilled on A site inspired by the writings of her best friend, Isadora Wing, it promises ‘no strings attached’ encounters—and Vanessa is so restless, that she’s willing to try anything.

Examining the thoughts and lives of three generations of women and issues such as addiction, fame, sex and internet dating as well as grief and ageing Fear of Dying is a truly contemporary and daring novel, balancing how far we’ve come and what remains universal and timeless.

Time to dust off our copies of Fear of Flying then…!

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