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Indepdendents Day

The Independent Alliance of Publishers in partnership with the ICA present a one day festival to celebrate and explore independence in all its many guises, focusing on the core values of independence, integrity and innovation.

The Independent Alliance of Publishers in partnership with the ICA present a one day festival to celebrate and explore independence in all its many guises, focusing on the core values of independence, integrity and innovation.

In the current cultural environment it seems that we are in danger of neglecting the power of individual creativity, a strength that brings such diversity and excitement to our lives. Join us for an ambitious day of discussion, debate and entertainment delivered by invited special guests from across our independent arts industries, publishing, theatre, film, art and music.

Independents Day Talks Programme
2pm - 6pm
Cinema 1
£10 / £8 concessions / £7 ICA Members

2pm - 2.15pm
An introduction to the Independent Alliance and the programme of events by Stephen Page (Faber CEO).

Industry and Independence
2.30pm - 3.30pm
What constitutes being 'independent'? And what is the future for independent business? A high profile panel debates the art of being independent in the 21st Century. The panel discussion is chaired by Justin Webb (BBC), and features Stephen Page (Faber CEO), Gregor Muir (ICA Director ), Laurence Bell (Domino Records Founder) and M T Rainey (Think Ltd Chairman).

3.30pm - 4pm

The State We're In
4pm - 5pm
A high profile panel debate on how the current economic climate is affecting publishing, the arts and media industries. The panel discussion is chaired by Stephanie Flanders (BBC), and features Andrew Franklin (Profile Founder & MD), Amber Rudd MP and John Lanchester (Faber Author).

Making Debuts
5pm - 6 pm
What are the prospects for a first-time writer? What is the key to discovering new talent and what role does the independent sector play in nurturing the stars of tomorrow? Writers and editors talk about their publishing experiences, with a panel discussion followed by a Q&A chaired by Erica Wagner (The Times Literary Editor), featuring Amy Sackville (Granta Author), Bea Hitchman (Profile/Serpent's Tail Author), Patrick Flanery (Atlantic Author), Ted Hodgkinson (Online Editor Granta), and Ravi Mirchandani (Atlantic Books Publishing Director).

Paths to Publication
5pm - 6pm
ICA Studio
£5 / Free to ICA members

In the age of self-publishing what role can the literary magazine play in cementing the reputation of new writers? What is the relationship between experimental writing and publishing practices? The discussion will feature Jacques Testard (The White Review Editor), Christian Lorentzen (N+1/London Review of Books Senior Editor) and Steven Hall (Canongate Author).

Poetry Readings
6pm - 7pm

With Sam Riviere and Emily Berry (Faber)

Readings and Conversation with Alan Bennett
7pm - 8pm
Cinema 1
£5 / Free to ICA members

Readings and conversation with author, playwright, screenwriter and actor Alan Bennett introduced by Radio 4 Front Row presenter Kirsty Lang.

Kirsty Lang in conversation with Edna O'Brien and Readings from Simon Armitage
8.15pm - 9.30pm
Cinema 1
£5 / Free to ICA members

Radio 4 Front Row presenter will be in conversation with novelist, poet and playwright Edna O'Brien followed by readings and conversation from poet and novelist Simon Armitage.

Film: The Killing of A Chinese Bookie
Cinema 1
£10 / £8 Concessions / £7 ICA Members

This classic Los Angles neo-noir from maverick filmmaker John Cassavetes represents a high watermark of the New American Cinema movement. Inverting the genre’s typical structural devices and employing his own inebriated, heavily improvisational directorial style, Cassavetes presents us with a slurred portrait of Cosmo Vittelli (Ben Gazzara) – an LA strip-club proprietor who, after a particularly disastrous drink-fuelled gambling binge, finds himself deep in debt to a group of seedy gangsters.

Downplaying plot in favour of languid character study, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie emerges as a sublime, whiskey-soaked meditation on masculinity, performance and that deeply American preoccupation: free enterprise.

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, dir. John Cassavetes, USA 1976, 109 mins, cert 15

10pm - 12pm

Music line up curated by independent record label Studio Rockers


All Day Fesitval | talks


Date and Time:

6 June 2013 at 1:00 pm


Full Day



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