I’m talking at Glastonbury, Saturday 1:30pm Free University in The Park! (Also SGP, Latitude…)

June 23rd, 2011 by Ben Goldacre in bad science, onanism | 5 Comments »

Hi all, just to say, I’m doing a talk in the Free University of Glastonbury, 1:30pm (or thereabouts) on Saturday. Free University is the literarature tent in The Park field, based inside HMS Sweet Charity, which sounds like it’s probably a big silly boat.


I’m also talking at Secret Garden Party (speakers tent, no idea what day, but my friend Mark Pilkington is there too) and Latitude (on Sunday). If you’re choosing, SGP is madness with fun bands you’ve not heard of, Latitude is families with indie schmindie you have, and both are lovely.

Lots of other good people in the same tent at Glasto:

The Free University of Glastonbury, the Festival’s very own literary tent, returns for a third year after making its debut in 2009. Based in HMS Sweet Charity in The Park, it throws open its doors again for a mind expanding series of lunchtime talks (11.30am-2.30pm) featuring some of our leading writers, wits and general good eggs. Check out the talent (in order of appearance).

Jonny Trunk
The owner of Trunk Records, Jonny writes a column for Mojo magazine about esoteric music.
Tony White
Tony White is the author of four novels. He is a former writer in residence at the Science Museum and is literary editor of The Idler.
Jon Ronson
An award-winning writer and documentary maker. He is the author of two bestsellers: Them: Adventures with Extremists and The Men Who Stare At Goats.
Mark Thomas
His activist, campaigning brand of comedy has been a thorn in the side of many politicians and corporations. He will be discussing his latest book Extreme Rambling; Walking Israel’s Separation Barrier.

Dorian Lynskey
A music writer for the Guardian. He is the author of 33 Revolutions Per Minute a history of protest music, told through 33 songs.
Front man of Madness, a band that epitomises the sound and soul of England. He is a singer, actor, DJ, television presenter and chat show host.
Emma Kennedy
The author of the bestselling camping memoir The Tent, The Bucket And Me.
Ben Goldacre
The author of the bestselling book Bad Science. He writes a weekly column for the Guardian.

Gavin Knight
The first book from journalist Gavin Knight, Hood Rat, is a shocking exposé of Britain’s underworld that ranks with Roberto Saviano’s bestselling Gomorrah.
Richard King
Richard works for Domino Records, is the co-editor of Loops magazine and the author of a forthcoming history of independent record labels.
Matthew De Abaitua
Could there be another way of life? Can I survive with less stuff? Should I run for the hills? These are all questions that are addressed in Matthew’s new book The Art Of Camping published this July.
Edwyn Collins and Grace Maxwell
Since 1984 Grace Edwyn’s been his manager and partner. She is the author of The Restoration Of Edwyn Collins.

If you like what I do, and you want me to do more, you can: buy my books Bad Science and Bad Pharma, give them to your friends, put them on your reading list, employ me to do a talk, or tweet this article to your friends. Thanks! ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

5 Responses

  1. Jo said,

    June 23, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Sounds fun. I’ve heard of Trunk Records but only because I obsessively listen to the Radio Belbury podcast on this page jimjupp.blogspot.com/2011_03_01_archive.html and there are several references to it there 🙂

  2. Metamemesis said,

    June 30, 2011 at 1:28 am

    Bah, you can’t be letting us know these things on a Thursday. Lots of people (i.e. me) are already at Glasto by then, so we (yes, alright, I) missed this boat-load of mischief.

    I demand at least one weeks notice in 2013, or I will
    pray to the Flying Spaghetti Monster to zap kittens with his noodly apendage. You has been warned. Yarrrr!

  3. WilliamOfCrockham said,

    July 14, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    warning: non sequitur

    When are we going to see a column on the relative effectiveness of generics? Are the complaints I see on discussion boards placebo-effect-related, or are there real issues like chirality screwing things up?

  4. Lord_Voldemort said,

    July 21, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    I agree with what WilliamOfCrockham says, it is time that provide us better information on the generic.

    Lord Voldemort

  5. Aldi said,

    July 25, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Saw you at SGP on Saturday, you got a lot of information out there in an hour!! Enjoyed it very much, hope you will be talking there again next year.