Brighton Festival 2020Public booking opens: Wed 19 Feb, 9am

Past Festivals

Past Event

The New Writing South Annual Lecture

Lynn Barber

Britain’s most ferocious interviewer asks whether celebrity interviews serve any useful purpose and ponders the ethical problems they raise. ‘I’m a great believer in prurient curiosity,’ she says, ‘but I also believe that interviews can serve a wider purpose. They also raise tricky ethical dilemmas. What is a fair interview? Is it wrong to be judgemental? And what about the practical problems of ever-tighter time constraints, the increasing power of PRs, the growing insistence on copy approval?’ In this revealing and thought-provoking lecture, Lynn Barber makes a plea for us to read interviews with greater critical awareness.

Sat 24 May, 6pm