Big Tent Digital events
Big Tent Digital events will be themed to reflect the ‘tents’ at our live festivals.
Thursday 28th May
Big Tent IN Conversation With Janine di Giovanni and Sarah Baxter
Join Big Tent Digital as we host a conversation between Janine di Giovanni and Sarah Baxter, two of the leading journalists of their generation. They will be discussing their lives and careers that have spanned both domestic and international reporting – covering US and UK politics, global terrorism and war crimes, to name just a few. They will offer reflections on the journalistic landscape on both sides of the Atlantic, the life of an editor versus a war reporter, as well as key lessons both have learnt along the way.
Sarah Baxter was appointed deputy editor of The Sunday Times in June 2013. Sarah joined The Sunday Times as editor of News Review, before being appointed Washington correspondent for the title in 2005. She was later editor of The Sunday Times Magazine from 2009 until 2015.
Janine di Giovanni
Janine di Giovanni is a Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and an award winning author, most recently for “The Morning They Came for Us: Dispatches from Syria” which was published in 30 languages. She is finishing a book about Christians in the Middle East, called “The Vanishing” to be published in the UK by Bloomsbury. Her focus is on war crimes; global terrorism; refugee issues and sexual violence during war time. Her goal is to document evidence on the ground that can later be cited in war crimes tribunals. She works alone; often undercover and in closed and difficult countries. In 2019, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and in 2020, the American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded her their highest non fiction prize, the Blake Dodd.
Deputy Editor, The Sunday Times
Janine di Giovanni
Multi-award winning journalist and author, a Senior Fellow and Professor at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs
Monday 1st June, 5.30pm
In conversation with John Humphrys and David Blunkett
Join Big Tent Digital as we host a conversation between John Humphrys and David Blunkett, sharing their thoughts on the state of our Democracy, the relationship between media and politicians, and reflections on their long and distinguished careers.
Labour party politician David Blunkett was born with a rare genetic condition that left him completely blind, beating the odds to become one of the UKs most popular and influential politicians of the last thirty decades. David was elected as the Member of Parliament for Sheffield Brightside in 1987, after a long career on Sheffield City Council. Following the 1997 Labour election victory, David was appointed to the Cabinet, serving as Education and Employment Secretary. He became Home Secretary after the 2001 General Election, in post during the September 11th attacks, and later served as Work and Pensions Secretary. He was appointed to the House of Lords in 2015.
For more than thirty years, millions of Britons woke up to the sound of John Humphrys’ voice. As presenter of Radio 4’s Today, the nation’s most popular news programme, he was famed for his tough interviewing, his deep misgivings about authority in its many forms and his passionate commitment to a variety of causes. He remains on our TV screens as chairman of Mastermind on BBC2, on our radios hosting a weekly show for Classic FM, and writes a weekly column for the Daily Mail on Saturdays. He’s just published his autobiography “A Day Like Today”.