13-16 June 2024

Strangling Dissent: From Oppenheimer to Cancel Culture

James Shapiro’s latest book, The Playbook, A Story of Theatre, Democracy and the making of  a Culture War,  tells the true story of a vibrant theatre that was closed in the America of 1930s and explains where Donald Trump got his playbook for sensationalism and misinformation. To explore the origins of  today’s divisive public debate, the victimisation of dissenters and our online culture war, join four literary heavyweights as we explore literature, politics, theatre and the future of Western democracy. 

James Shapiro, Fintan O’Toole, Merve Emre in conversation with Declan Hughes


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