People’s Choice Debate: Victory for Jane Davis

Jane Davis, Director of The Reader Organisation has been victorious in her ‘Vote for Books’ campaign as part of the People’s Choice debate for Free Thinking 07. Beating off competition from three other Liverpool-based thinkers, covering diverse topics such as ‘In praise of activists’ and ‘Britain needs to take an anger management course’, Jane’s winning pitch to promote books as the art form that “allows us to fully understand the human experience”, is headway indeed for The Reader Organisation’s work.

Very many congratulations, Jane!

Jane will be taking part in a live audience discussion around the issues raised in the People’s Choice debate as part of Free Thinking 07 in The Box at FACT at 3.15pm this coming Sunday. If you cannot attend in person, you will be able to listen to this through the Free Thinking 07 website for up to a week after the event.

Tonight Jane is in conversation with Blake Morrison in an event hosted by Raymond Tallis at the Wellcome Collection in London. ‘Books to Make You Better’ will explore how the written word influences us beyond the moment of reading and can have a transformative effect on our lives. This is the third in a series of four events exploring medicine and literature. Tonight’s event will focus on the growing interest in bibliotherapy (The University of Liverpool launched their innovative Reading in Practice MA this year, under the direction of Philip Davis) and the part writers and readers can play in improving the nation’s health.

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BBC Free Thinking Festival: A Festival of Ideas

Free Thinking 07, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio Merseyside‘s unique festival of ideas launches in Liverpool this Friday (November 9). With events at Fact and BBC Radio Merseyside, Free Thinking brings you face-to-face with today’s leading artists, scientists and other thinkers. Over the weekend, you can join them and many others considering ideas through interviews, debates, talks, poetry and performances. The Reader is hosting ‘Book at Breakfast’ on Saturday and Sunday (still a few tickets left for Sunday, so book now if you want to come) and Ian McMillan, new regular contributor to The Reader, will record The Verb live on Friday evening.

With freedom as a major theme at this year’s festival, there are events that tackle issues of freedom in education, the ownership of our own freedom, prisons and society, the changing perspectives of childhood and concepts of equality. The full list of events can be found here and even if you are unable to attend, there are opportunities for everyone to tackle the issues raised. Most of the events over the weekend will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio Merseyside, as well as being available to listen for up to a week on the Free Thinking website; there are polls and comments awaiting your responses and the chance to write haiku on any debate or theme from this year’s festival (also, don’t forget to vote for Jane as part of the People’s Choice debate!).

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