Festival Times

University of Roehampton Journalists are at Wimbledon BookFest reporting on our amazing events. Read their thoughts and insights below:

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Michael Fuller: "Kill the Black One First"

Sana Janjua, MA Journalism, University of Roehampton

Michael Fuller, born to Jamaican parents 60 years ago, spent much of his early years in local authority care. He then later joined the Metropolitan Police Force in London in 1975, going on to become the first and only Chief Police Constable ever appointed in the UK, with a high level of distinction and responsibility.

His practical initiatives still stand even to this day, and his inclination of fairness led to him becoming the Founding Chair of the Black Police Association, in order to reduce resignations within the sector. Read more...


Brexit panel.JPG Brexit and The Future of Politics: How should we collectively respond?

Gladys Jubane, Journalism Undergraduate, University of Roehampton

The charged Brexit debate kicked off by exposing the public’s deepening distrust in the government to negotiate in good faith and come up with the best deal.

Claire Fox, the author of I Still Find That Offensive, opened the debate with a universal response to Tom Clark’s question on what should or will happen in the coming week with the Brexit deal. She responded on behalf of both remain and leave voters, “I think there’s been a huge disillusion amongst voters having witnessed the shenanigans in parliament, and people do feel that their votes have not been taken seriously.” Read more...


Mary Robinson.JPG Climate Justice: Women leading the Fight

Amy Devese-Jenkins, Journalism Undergraduate, University of Roehampton

A few years ago, over a drink, Mary Robinson sat down with friends to talk about her memoir being published; the memoir she now says she didn’t really feel comfortable releasing.

Instead, a discussion transpired in which the 7th President of Ireland was jokingly told to release a book on her passion, Climate Justice. Read more...


Open Minds.JPG Mental Health, Anthropology and Witchcraft: Roehampton Open Minds Sessions

Megan Jackson, MA Journalism, University of Roehampton

Ever wonder what fascinating topics preoccupy the brilliant minds of leading academics? Our partner, University of Roehampton, a hub of international research, gave us an insight into some of their specialist subjects. Read more...


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Memoirs, Heroines and Education: Talk by Sally Bayley & Tara Westover

Gladys Jubane, Journalism Undergraduate, University of Roehampton

An interesting summation of BookFest in honouring powerful women came from Memoirs: Educated and Girl with Dove by Tara Westover and Sally Bayley respectively, chaired by another inspiring woman in television, journalist and BBC World presenter Razia Iqbal. Her delivery of the talk was a student journalist’s how-to Tutorial. Imbued with techniques and a questioning style that gets the best out of two very opposing writings. An aesthetic presentation with something to take away. Read more...


Sunday Paper.JPG A Brexistential Crisis

Natasha Cellupica-Towers, Journalism Undergraduate, University of Roehampton

The only things missing from the Sunday Paper Review talk were a mug and some slippers. The heating had been turned onto a warm glow and people took off their rainy boots and coats and snuggled into the Robert Graves Gallery. Hosting the event was journalist Stefan Stern, commentator and political advisor Ayesha Hazarika and former Labour General Secretary Lord Iain McNicol. The newspapers reviewed included The Daily Mail, The Telegraph and The Sunday Times, one of which Stern held up to the audience and crinkled in his hand... Read more...


Robert Plomin.JPG DNA Revolution: How Genetics Shape Us

Megan Jackson, MA Journalism, University of Roehampton

Author and Professor of Behavioural Genetics, Robert Plomin is at the forefront of using DNA to understand how individuals can be so different. He joined BookFest Chair Toby Mundy to discuss his groundbreaking research and his fascinating book Blueprint.
Robert is well versed at the nature vs nuture debate. He has forged a career out of studying the impact genes have on human behaviour, so he has come to expect criticism. A biological approach to psychology is often treated with skepticism and associated with determinism. Robert recalls how at the beginning of his career behavioural genetics was thought of as “dangerous” and he was mocked by the scientific community for having chosen the discipline. Read more...


reggie.jpg Learning from the best: How to create like Reggie Yates

Matt Pallett & Shenelle Kassie, Journalism Undergraduates, University of Roehampton

“Don’t be scared to figure yourself out in your work.”

That’s the key piece of advice Reggie Yates aimed at the slew of young creators listening to his every word at Wimbledon BookFest, but it’s a piece of advice that can resonate with anyone, young and old, regardless of their creative flair. Yates is an accomplished actor, presenter, DJ, producer and author so if there’s anybody fit to tell you that it’s okay to find yourself within your work, it’s him. Read more...


Reggie 2.JPG Reggie Yates: From Acting to Producing and Directing

Chloe Chambers Grant, Journalism Undergraduate, University of Roehampton

Outstanding actor and self-proclaimed director and producer Reggie Yates talks us through his venture from reading script to creating it himself. Through the launch of his first book Unseen: My Journey, he aims to show people from all walks of life the untold stories of those who are commonly overlooked.

Reggie Yates, who was “thrust into the world” of entertainment at the young age of 8, had a starring role on Desmond’s, a British sitcom. However, years later he explained how he knew this wasn’t the direction he wanted to take. Read more...


LBD.JPG Chloe Fox tells us why you’ll never go out of style in a Little Black Dress

Nadia Catherine Zegmott, Journalism Undergraduate, University of Roehampton

The topic of conversation at Wimbledon BookFest with Chloe Fox and Camilla Morton was, of course, fashion and more specifically highlighted two rather compelling trends: leopard print and the little black dress (LBD). Read more...

 


LBD 3.JPG How Leopard Print Reclaimed Lux – From Cheap to Chic

Chelsea Harper, Journalism Undergraduate, University of Roehampton

As Hilary Alexander puts it in her new book, leopard print simply is ‘fashion’s most powerful print’. It provokes confidence, luxury and dominance; it gives a sense of seduction, whilst providing you with a pattern that is aesthetically and visually pleasing, making it one of the most successful and talked about fashion trends to date. Read more...

 


LBD 2.JPG Little Black Dress or Leopard Print: The history, evolution and the most iconic fashion moments

Taylor Spalding, Journalism Undergraduate, University of Roehampton

In a world where fashion is a continuous evolution, there is no denying the little black dress and leopard print will always be iconic staples in the fashion world. The debate - held at Wimbledon BookFest on Wednesday 10th October- was between Chloe Fox, author of Little Black Dress, and Camilla Morton, supporting the feisty leopard print. Read more...


Slay in your lane pic.JPG “You don’t have to be a Beyoncé or a Serena”

Monica Charsley, Journalism Undergraduate, University of Roehampton

You can be a Solange or Venus, or better yet, yourself.
On Wednesday 10th October, 'Slay in you Lane' made an appearance at Wimbledon BookFest on the Common.
Authors Yomi Adegoke, 27 and Elizabeth Uviebinené, 26 captivated the room as they led the talk with eye-opening stories from their childhood up until their university years which gave them inspiration for their book. Read more...


Rachel Wang.JPG Quotes that Slayed.

Natasha Cellupica-Towers, Journalism Undergraduate, University of Roehampton

What an inspirational talk by a duo of empowered black women. Elizabeth Uviebinené and Yomi Adegoke have been juggling event after event since the huge success of their new book Slay in Your Lane. The book is a tool box, empowering and encouraging black women across the country since its release in July 2018. There was total silence in the room as they spoke, each word being swallowed up by the audience of young women. Here are 5 of the quotes from the talk which I think completely “slayed”. Read more...


Alan Rusbridger.JPG The State of the British Press

Megan Dickson, Journalism Undergraduate, University of Roehampton

Former editor of The Guardian, Alan Rusbridger, reflects on the future of journalism amidst a world of fake news, with the release of his book ‘Breaking News: The Remaking of Journalism and Why It Matters Now.’

“What is your concern about the state of the news now?” Journalist Samira Ahmed opened the talk with. Read more...


Alan Rusbridger 3.JPG Fake News

Davide Montagner, Journalism Undergraduate, University of Roehampton

The news industry is like a machine, always changing and adapting to the world around it. The spread of information has always been a fundamental part of our society because a state that does not guarantee a free share of information to its citizens does not conform to the definition of democracy. Newspapers and news media are the channels through which citizens keep track with what’s going on around them and could also be considered as a defense mechanism towards possible cases of fraud or wrongdoing by the government. Read more...


Christie Waston.JPG Why I want to hug the NHS

Charlotte Leask, Journalism Undergraduate, University of Roehampton

The NHS is arguably one of our greatest accomplishments of the past century, along with military tanks, televisions and the electric kettle.
All the above have significantly contributed to our modern society but the NHS really is a cut above the rest, providing 24/7 non-stop care, countrywide since 1948. Read more...


Speeches of note.JPG Speeches of Note: What Makes Them Memorable?

Megan Jackson - MA Journalism, University of Roehampton

Phillip Collins, former speechwriter to Tony Blair, and author, Shaun Usher, joined us to discuss what makes a speech powerful. Actor Alex Gwyther and Mara Huff recited some of the most famous speeches, and a few forgotten ones, to allow the audience to hear for themselves what extraordinary writing sounds like. Read more...


Afua.JPG What does it mean to be Brit(ish)?

Megan Jackson, MA Journalism, University of Roehampton

What is Britishness? How is it defined and who does it exclude? Afua Hirsch discusses how her own experiences of being questioned about her identity led her to look for a sense of belonging.

Afua’s book Brit(ish) explores how race and identity intersect. Her experiences of feeling ‘other’ as a teen, and her realisation that society wanted to put her in a box because of the colour of her skin, inspired her to unpick why British people of colour are excluded from the notion of Britishness. Read more...


John Bew.JPG Realpolitik: What is it and how does it work? A Talk with John Bew

Megan Jackson, MA Journalism, University of Roehampton

Realpolitik is a word that’s coming back in fashion says author and academic, John Bew. In conversation with Tom Clark, Editor of Prospect Magazine, John sheds some light on the origins of Realpolitik, what it looks like in practice, and how the UK could benefit from adopting it as an approach to foreign affairs. Read more...


Accidental Memoir.JPG How to Beat Writers Block

Megan Jackson, MA Journalism, University of Roehampton

So you’ve got a brilliant idea for a book, but you don’t know where to begin. Anthony Cropper and Eve Makis, authors of The Accidental Memoir, share their expertise about how to get those initial words and ideas flowing. With these quick and useful prompts, you might just be able to start that book. Read more...


Future of Universities.JPG Future of Universities and Bloody Brilliant Women: A Source of Fascination

Gladys Jubane, Journalism Undergraduate, University of Roehampton

British history resonated in a fascinating fashion at the Wimbledon BookFest 2018, from the history, present and future of universities, to the rise in equality.

As modern society grapples with the uncertainty of BREXIT, universities in the UK are relaunching their vision statements by becoming more society focused. On October 6th, the afternoon kicked off with Gemma Malley chairing discussions on the panel of four: David Willetts, Paul O'Prey, Jack de France and Alex Beard. Read more...


Adam Kay.JPG Laughs, Tears and Bodily Fluids: The Life of a Junior Doctor

Megan Jackson, MA Journalism, University of Roehampton

Doctor turned Comedian, Adam Kay worked in obstetrics and gyanaecology - or brats and twats as he calls it - for six years until a truly traumatic event unfolded before his eyes. He joined us at BookFest to share his highs and lows, and everything else in between.

This is Going to Hurt is Adam’s wonderfully hilarious, gut-wrenching, and brutally honest account of what it’s like to be a junior doctor. During his time of serving on the front line on the NHS Adam kept a diary about his experiences, which he turned into a bestselling book that has opened up the discussion about the reality of being a junior doctor. Read more...


Cathy Newman.JPG Paving the way for future generations of Bloody Brilliant Women.

Natasha Cellupica-Towers, Journalism Undergraduate, University of Roehampton

“I wanted to put these women in the pantheon of history where I think they belong”.
This is how Cathy Newman, Channel 4 journalist, introduced her new book Bloody Brilliant Women on Saturday at Wimbledon BookFest. A book which, along with many other books today, rides the “4th wave” of feminism. Without hesitation she jumped straight into her reasons for wanting to write the book, (an explanation which it seems she may have been tired of giving). However, she spoke with genuine care and passion, recounting with excitement, her favourite women from the book. Read more...


Cathy Newman 3.jpg 5 Bloody Brilliant Women you don't know about but you should.

Charlotte Leask, Journalism Undergraduate, University of Roehampton

Heavyweight journalist Cathy Newman’s new venture into book writing has birthed what should be the new modern woman’s bible. It provides a witty insight into forgotten women in history.

My article comes from the Newman’s argument that so many women of instrumental importance in history had been completely overlooked and unmentioned. Having previously been unaware of all these women, as I’m sure ashamedly most of us are, I feel it is now my duty as a woman (a hopefully brilliant one at that also) to raise awareness of these incredible, underappreciated women. Read more...


Cathy Newman 2.JPG 500 ways women have women have made the world better in the 100 years.

Anna Ciereszynska and Jaqueline Fernandes, Journalism Undergraduates, University of Roehampton

In a world where "feminism" has become a toxic word, we might be risking losing sight of the true reason why it exists in the first place. Cathy Newman's Bloody Brilliant Women, published on October 4th, is here to celebrate incredible women who were never given the right credit for their accomplishments.
During Newman’s talk on her book at Wimbledon BookFest, she acknowledges that many literary works concerning great women in history are becoming more common. The need of recognizing female role in shaping the world as we know it now, is louder than ever. Read more...