NEWS: Annie Nightingale, John Grant, Laura Barton and Viv Albertine amongst speakers for Green Man’s Talking Shop

Green Man has announced the speakers for Talking Shop at the 2018 edition of the festival. They include Annie Nightingale, John Grant , Laura Barton and Viv Albertine, who are amongst the speakers and authors involved this year.

Green Man’s Fiona Stewart says: “Talking Shop is just one of many wonderful Green Man areas, and a celebration of ideas, unique thoughts and the power of chatter. Prepare to be surprised and challenged by the music and literary legends included in the line-up.”

One of a trio of headline guests, Annie Nightingale will discuss her role as the longest-serving presenter on BBC Radio 1 and how her illustrious broadcasting career has unfolded since being named the first female presenter on the station in 1970. Four decades in the job, Nightingale will reflect on the ever-changing industry with her inimitable mixture of irreverent humour and punk enthusiasm.

This year’s Talking Shop curator, journalist, author and broadcaster Laura Barton who will take on Australian psychedelic rock powerhouse, and 2018 Green Man headline act, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard in conversation. The seven-strong outfit from Melbourne released no less than five full-length records in 2017.

The final headline event, LITERARY DEATH MATCH – will bring four authors to Green Man to read their most electric writing for seven minutes or less before a panel of hilarious all-star judges. Special guest judge Johnny Pictish, will help preside over this compelling affair.

Returning once again this year is the MOJO INTERVIEW, which in this edition features a conversation with American songwriting wizard John Grant’s three solo albums to date have been critically lauded without exception – talk will now turn to his next big move.

Peggy Seegar will also be joining this year’s Talking Shop, discussing her extraordinary life and career – covering over sixty years as her time as a folk icon and activist – and the political power of song, as well as a detailed look at the Sunday Times and Telegraph’s Book of the Year, her memoir First Time Ever. We’re also delighted the inimitable Viv Albertie will join us, with the punk legend opening up about whatever she wants to (but hopefully it will include her time in the Slits and her second memoir, To Throw Away Unopened).

Rob Young, also discusses All Gates Open, his biography of Can and the definitive story of the most influential and revered avant-garde band of the late twentieth century, and Owen Sheers the BAFTA-nominated Welsh novelist, poet and playwright, who will read from To Provide All People – a poem to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS – and also provide comments on The Green Hollow, his remarkable memorial to the Aberfan mining disaster.

Green Man also plays host to Ross Sutherland’s acclaimed Imaginary Advice podcast live, a sketchpad for new ideas and ways of telling stories, as well as bringing Gabriel Ebulue‘s Three Track Podcast to a live audience, with Gabriel joined by Very Special Guest, eclectic auteur Baxter Dury for an in-depth, passionate – discussion of their favourite songs. Elsewhere, Green Man will host THE FUTURE OF MUSIC WRITING IN OUR POST-NME WORLD – a discussion panel with Jude Rogers, Pete Paphides, Dave Randall and Laura Barton.

Tickets are on general sale now also on sale once again is the famous Settler’s Pass, a special ticket which allows early access to the site from Monday 13th August, and includes discounts on local heritage sites, galleries, castles and more, for those wanting the the full holiday experience from Green Man 2018. Green Man ’18 runs from Thursday August 16th to 19th. Tickets are on sale now.


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