Brighton Festival 2012: Granta debate – Is Britain still Great? @ the Brighton Dome 9 May 2012

Start Date:May 9, 2012
Venue:Brighton Dome, Brighton.

Brighton Festival 2012: Granta debate - Is Britain still Great? @ the Brighton Dome 9 May 2012Granta is the British quarterly magazine that showcases new writing, without political or cultural manifesto. Its mission centres on a ‘belief in the power and urgency of the story’.

On Wednesday 9 May 2012, as part of the launch of the next edition of Granta on 10 May in which 20 artists will ‘respond to the question of British identity’, the Brighton Festival 2012 will host a debate at the Dome featuring the question: ‘Is Britain still Great?’

It is a firmly and sometimes romantically held opinion throughout the political spectrum that Britain is in a permanent, irrevocable decline, that our national institutions are crumbling, morality and public-spiritedness is in decay, bankers and ruinous financial policy is driving people into despondency and poverty, and that we will soon be under the thumb of new masters in the Far East.

Of course, it is an idea that has been held since well before what some call the summer of our civilisation, at the turn of the last century, and will be held long into the future, or as long as newspapers sell.

The debate will feature Guardian regular Polly Toynbee, Booker Prize shortlisted poet and author Adam Foulds, journalist and broadcaster Sarfraz Manzoor and Orange Prize nominated author Kamila Shamsie. Together they consider all these questions – and raise more – in a lively and timely debate.

For more information and tickets, visit the Brighton Dome or the Brighton Festival website. For more information on the magazine itself, visit the Granta website.

Venue: Brighton Dome, Brighton.

Start Date: 2012-05-09

End Date: 2012-05-09

Price: £10 – includes latest issue of Granta

WRITTEN AND POSTED BY FREDERICK HARRIS

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