Tsitsi Dangarembga, Daniel Gorman, Rachael Jolley and Richard Ovenden

The Future of Freedom of Expression

with Tsitsi Dangarembga, Daniel Gorman, Rachael Jolley and Richard Ovenden

The Great Reset/
Fri 20 November 2020

Crowdcast

The Future of Freedom of Expression

with Tsitsi Dangarembga, Daniel Gorman, Rachael Jolley and Richard Ovenden

Tsitsi Dangarembga, Daniel Gorman, Rachael Jolley and Richard Ovenden
Fri 20 November 2020,

Crowdcast

Next year Festival of Ideas and other partners around the UK are working with English PEN on events and debates to mark the 100th anniversary of PEN through their Common Currency programme. What is the current state of freedom of speech and knowledge under attack? Is it worse now than ever before – as might be judged from some coverage? What’s the state of international censorship? What difference has social media made? Are we, in fact, more tolerant now? It’s a deeply complex issue and one we’ll be exploring throughout 2021.

In this event which starts the debate, writer and director Tsitsi Dangarembga – recently shortlisted for the Booker Prize for This Mournable Body and currently freed on bail after her arrest during anti-corruption protests in Zimbabwe – talks about her work, Zimbabwe’s history and her activism in a special pre-recorded interview. Her interview will be followed by a panel discussion with Daniel Gorman (director, English PEN), Rachael Jolley (award-winning editor-in-chief of Index on Censorship magazine for seven years) and Richard Ovenden (Bodley’s Librarian and author of the recent Burning the Books).

Cover of This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga      Cover of Burning the Books by Richard Ovenden

This Mournable Body is published by Faber & Faber. Buy a copy from our friends at Waterstones.

Burning the Books is published by John Murray Press. Buy a copy from our friends at Waterstones.

This is part of The Great Reset programme, in which we look at the challenges facing us and the solutions to these. The programme starts in November 2020 and runs to November 2021. Future themes include: freedom of speech and democracy (Spring-October 2021); the Bristol Constitutional Convention (Spring 2021) and a new future for cities in Festival of the Future City (October 2021). Ongoing events in our Festival of Ideas throughout 2021 will also focus on challenges and solutions.

It is also part of English PEN’s Common Currency programme – marking 100 years of English PEN with a celebration of freedom of expression, creative campaigning, and the best literature the world has to offer.

This is an online event and will take place on our Crowdcast platform. You can find out more about how this works in our blog.

Image credits: Tsitsi Dangarembga by Hannah Mentz; Rachael Jolley by Perugia; Richard Ovenden by John Cairns.

 

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