The Guardian Literary Institute is back for 2018!
The Guardian Literary Institute is Camp Bestival’s cerebral sanctum serving up piping hot brain food with a handsome side of flavourful facts. Featuring a tasty programme of talks, workshops, Q&As and quizzes that cover the gamut of intrigue and piquancy, from incredible pop comebacks and outrageous rock n roll tales, to handy tips on solo sailing, befriending bugs and myth writing, right through to the appetising joy of testing your maritime mettle and pop nous, be sure to take time out from the festival furore to drink in wisdom from the likes of Rick Astley, Tim Pope, MG Leonard, Dr Lucy Maddox and Guardian commentator and notoriously fiendish quiz master, John Harris, this July at Lulworth Castle. Rob da Bank says: “From headliner Rick Astley and legendary The Cure collaborator and video director, Tim Pope, to the Ellen Macarthur crew telling you tips on how to sail the world, not forgetting Ginger Johnson’s Glamorous Gran and the amazing Supersaurs, this Camp B Literary tent is gonna be packed to bursting as usual… see you down the front bookworms!” This year’s series of Talks, Q&As and Storytelling is topped by a very special Meet the Headliner Q&A with Rick Astley on Friday. Rick will be discussing his life and career from world domination with the hit factory to his forthcoming album Beautiful Life and beyond with a special guest interviewer to be announced. This one is a guaranteed roadblock, so get there early to avoid disappointment! Legendary video & filmmaker Tim Pope, who has worked with the likes of Bowie, The Cure, The The, Iggy Pop and many more, will also be on hand, with fantastically engrossing stories of his career. Entitled How I Left an Imprint of a Camera on Neil Young’s Forehead and Other Rock n Roll Tales, be in no doubt about how jaw-droppingly good this is going to be. We also have Ginger Johnson presenting Glamorous Gran and Other Tall Stories, which showcases a unique brand of all-inclusive family fun from London's sweetest drag star. Don’t miss fantastic songs, stories and sequins taken straight from her recent Southbank Show. Morning starts in the The Guardian Literary Institute come courtesy of 'Wake Up with The Guardian | The Observer', and their topical breakfast sessions hosted by some of The Guardian and Observer’s best editorial talent. And, ensuring there’s a large helping of family flavour, we have Mummy Tribe, For You & Yours. Join Binky Felstead and the Mummy Tribe team as they talk through their approach to motherhood, how they believe that an empowered mum is a happy mum, and how they’re doing what they can to help woman on this journey. Plus, we’ll look at Why Vinyl Matters with Dr Jennifer Otter Bickerdike, and meditations on consciousness with The Mindful Man. We’ll have an investigation into Disco, Diversity and the History of the Dancefloor, kiddie sci-fi romps with Tom McLaughlin’s The Day That Aliens Nearly Ate Our Brains, the story of Kings of the Yukon, One Summer Paddling Across the Far North as told by Adam Weymouth, spoken word for all the family with Mark Grist’s Down with The Poetry King, and an eye-opening gander at life with dinosaurs in The World of Supersaurs with Jay Jay Burridge. Giving you the inside track on the means and the method behind a cornucopia of cool activities and enterprises, our How To sessions include How To Inspire Young People with Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, and How Our Childhood Makes Us Who We Are for the grown-ups, and How To Write Your Own Myth with Maz Evans and How To Be A Beetle Buddy with MG Leonard for kids and families. Plus, we have a workshop giving you the lowdown on How To Find Joy In Mindful Writing and a panel discussion, How To Be a Warrior Woman, hosted by super fashionista blogger Style Me Sunday. And this year’s Guardian Literary Institute Quizzes & Interactive Shows include The Sunday Assembly who will host strictly non-secular Sunday afternoon celebrations with inspirational talks and laughter, The Sail On Sailor CB Maritime Pop Quiz with John Harris, brand new improv with BattleActs!, and the return of the rambunctiously brilliant Sounds Familiar Music Quiz.