This multimedia live event is not to be missed – it’s your only chance in the UK to hear from, and meet, some of the top experts and pioneers of longform and narrative journalism from the UK and America. Line-up includes ED CAESAR (New Yorker), AMY O’LEARY (Upworthy), Pulitzer-winner TOM FRENCH & MANVEEN RANA (Radio 4).
AMY O’LEARY, chief story with Upworthy and formerly with the New York Times and This American Life is a wonderfully talented speaker and thinker about the nature of journalism. At Well Told she’ll talk about the role and importance of stories in a post-truth age. “Facts fade, but stories stick,” she says.
MANVEEN RANA, a reporter for Radio 4’s World At One, started covering the migrant crisis two summers ago. She met a Syrian family but instead of doing what a thousand other reporters had done – get their quotes, file and move on – Manveen stuck with them. She’s still in contact with the Dhnie family, even as they begin a new, somewhat disillusioned, life in Germany.
TOM FRENCH is one of the world’s best speakers on the subject of narrative journalism. A Pulitzer Prize winner, Tom has finessed the techniques which turn ordinary reporting into works of human narrative which reveal deeper truths and recognise the whole people involved.
ED CAESAR has become one of the most celebrated British feature writers, now regularly writing for the New Yorker. He writes beautifully about sometimes difficult subjects – secretive Russian oligarchs, African civil wars, marathon tennis matches, British murder trials, wingsuit flying, and Tom Wolfe’s beautiful apartment.
The Well Told Live Event will take place at Hinde Street Methodist Church, in Marylebone, W1. It will start at 2pm and end by 4.45pm. Disabled access is available to the church via a lift at street level.