As Telegraph Ways With Words Festival gets set to celebrate its 20th anniversary this July, Google boards as Online Partners.
Google will co-host two timely discussion-led, panel events at the annual, 10-day festival of words and ideas at Dartington Hall, South Devon.
The first event on Friday, July 8, the opening day of the festival, is titled: Free Speech: The Great Middle East Revolution and will examine the role of digital activism in oppressive regimes and what free speech means today.
Chaired by John Kampfner, CEO, Index on Censorship and former New Statesman editor, the panel will include: Susan Pointer, Google Policy Director, South East Europe, Middle East and Africa, Hisham Matar, Libyan-born novelist, and Sami Ben Gharbia, Tunisian blogger and activist.
On Sunday 10 July, the question: Google and Books: good or evil? will be debated with Radio 4’s Today presenter James Naughtie chairing the discussion into how the book world will cope with the digital challenges that confront authors, readers, copyright and the book experience.
Google Books’ policy manager, Simon Morrison will be joined by novelist Philip Hensher, publisher and co-founder of Enhanced Editions Peter Collingridge and Telegraph Head of Books, Gaby Wood to thrash it out. Each ticket will allow audience members to enter an e-reader vs. book stack raffle.
Festival director, Videl Bar-Kar said: “Communication and the exploration of ideas are the heart of The Telegraph Ways With Words Festival so Google felt like a natural partner and we look forward to co-hosting their highly topical and pressing discussions as we celebrate our 20th anniversary and look to the future in every sense.”
Google’s Peter Barron (director, External Relations, Europe, Middle East and Africa) said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with the Ways with Words festival for the first time. It’s a wonderful opportunity to get together with a great line-up of guests to discuss some of the big issues which affect both the literary and the online worlds – whether that is Free Expression in the Middle East or the digitisation of books”