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Boswell - Richard Ingrams, Paul Tankard & James Knox

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Richard Ingrams & Paul Tankard with James Knox
4.45pm

The remarkable Richard Ingrams co-founded Private Eye in 1962, and served as editor from 1963 until 1986, leading a brilliant band of satirists and investigative journalists that changed the face of British journalism. A fearless seeker after truth, he says: “I have made countless enemies, some of them lasting.” He went on to found The Oldie (“Private Eye for grown ups”), which typically was the first to publish Savile’s history of child abuse.

From the University of Otago, New Zealand, Paul Tankard in Facts and Inventions publishes a generous and varied selection of James Boswell’s journalism. His book casts new light on Boswell himself and on the history of journalism at a time when uncensored pamphlets, journals and newspapers sprang to life.

In an age of fake news, loss-making newspapers and the distorting power of the web, this fascinating discussion with James Knox, former publisher of The Spectator, will ask what makes a great journalist, how can our rulers be held to account and how can our freedom of speech be secured.


Concessions are available to students, registered disabled (plus one carer), registered unemployed, under 16s and Young Scot card holders. Proof of entitlement will be required at the door for all events. Thank you.
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