Protest at Ilkley Literature Festival

6 Oct 2017 - 7.30PM - 7.00

Making or Faking? New Approaches to the News

Whatever happened to British protest? For a nation that brought the world Chartism, Suffragettes and the Tolpuddle Martyrs, Britain rarely celebrates its long tradition of people power. Comma Press asked twenty authors to re-imagine key moments of British protest, from the Peasants’ Revolt to the anti-Iraq War demo. Their stories, in consultation with historians, sociologists and eyewitnesses, follow fictional characters caught up in real-life struggles. Tonight authors Maggie Gee, Jacob Ross and Martyn Bedford read excerpts from their stories and discuss how, in the age of fake news and post-truth politics, this book fights fiction with (well researched, historically accurate) fiction.

Tickets are available HERE

Venue: St Margaret's Hall