Glastonbury Festival 2014

The Free University of Glastonbury returns

2 June 2011

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).

FRIDAY
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.

SATURDAY
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.
Suggs
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.

SUNDAY
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.