Fresh this Week:
Amr Gharbeia and Hari Kunzru consider the internet as a space for free expression and censorship at this event tonight. Amr Gharbeia is a leading Egyptian blogger, currently facing a legal campaign to block his website along with other blogs and human rights sites in Egypt. Hari Kunzru's novels and non-fiction engage with the theme of new technology and his recent writing highlights the complexities of internet censorship as a source both of protection and prosecution. Thursday 12 July, 7.45pm, £8.50, Southbank Centre, see website for details.
Just out the Van:
Tonight Armistead Maupin is in town to talk about his work for the first time in seven years... Michael Tolliver fans unite! July 12, 7pm, £7/£5, UCL Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street. Tickets 0845 456 9876.
In Next Week
Spin meister / strategist Alastair Campbell reads from his new book The Blair Years: Extracts from the Alastair Campbell Diaries at this, the only London event. On Tony and Iraq: "All of us I think had had pretty severe moments of doubt, but he hadn't really, or if he had he'd hidden them even from us." On Diana: "She's standing there absolutely, spellbindingly, drop-dead gorgeous, in a way that the millions of photos didn't quite get." And on the Hutton Report: "It was only a passing thought, but it was there, and it came back several times as I drove down to Marseilles. I knew I had done nothing wrong, but in this climate, things had gone beyond reason, it was like a drama or a novel, and nobody had control of events."
Next Friday, 19th June (Demand for this event will be high - so book early), £7.50/£5, 7.30pm, Institute of Education, Tickets: 0870 420 2777.
Givin’ ‘em away:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows party. Piccadilly Waterstones. 9pm. Next Friday. Nuff Said.
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