Five different experts speaking for fifteen minutes each. First, Martin Gayford spoke candidly about his interviews with the artist David Hockney. Next, Elif Shafak weaved a magical tale of superstition and childhood in Turkey. This was followed by an entertaining look at Angela Carter’s postcards and literary legacy, through the eyes of Susannah Clapp. Then we were treated to poetry on loss and identity from Tishani Doshi. The evening was rounded off by a powerful talk by photographer Giles Duley, on his experiences in war zones, and with Medecins sans Frontiers. The result was a thought-provoking, interesting, and engaging evening.
Corn Exchange, Brighton Dome, 19 May 2012