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At the margins - are hard times good times for literature?

Demos panel discussion

Date: Friday 12 February 2010
Time:  5-6.30pm
Venue:  Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Andrew Franklin, John Lanchester, Adrian Wooldridge
Chair: Miranda McKearney

The UK has been buffeted by financial crises and an economic collapse which have seen public debt soar and corporate budgets constrict. The publishing industry has arguably seen its worst financial year in decades, with flagging book sales and dwindling literature coverage in the national press. How will literature will fare in the current climate, and in the years to come? Will major publishers' dwindling revenues mean fewer - and less varied and ambitious - books on the market? Or is this a golden age for hard-edged, gritty recession literature, and incisive coverage of current social and political issues?

Join us as Andrew Franklin, managing director of Profile Books, John Lanchester, author of Whoops! on the financial crisis, and Adrian Woolridge, co-author of The Company and Management Editor for The Economist, debate the impact of the recession on literature.

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LSE Literary Festival 2010
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