Category : Event Reports

Birth, marriage and death: Confronting taboos at Index winter magazine launch

alt information“I found it empowering to be told I couldn't talk about something," said Gabby Edlin, founder of Bloody Good Period on the topic of period taboos at the launch of the winter Index on Censorship magazine

Are storytelling and appealing to emotions valid ways of arguing, debate panellists at Index autumn magazine launch

alt information“Robust challenges” should be sought-after rather than silencing those who share different views, said @timandraharkness @indexcensorship event

How the publishing industry systemically silences voices from marginalised groups

alt informationWhen Sunny Singh was writing her last novel, “Hotel Arcadia,” featuring an Indian protagonist caught in a terrorist siege, she received a response from a publisher she didn’t expect: “We already have our female war correspondent novel of the year.” They didn’t need another one.

Noel Coward’s censored plays brought to life at British Library

alt informationMarking the 50th year anniversary of the end of UK theatre censorship ushered in by the Theatres Act of 1968, Index on Censorship hosted The Lord Chamberlain Regrets - Theatre and Censorship workshop looking at Noel Coward's controversial plays.

Black and banned: Who is free speech for?

alt informationIs free speech a way to promote unheard and under-represented voices and perspectives, or is it a tool wielded by extremists and supremacists?

Expression Uncensored: “It’s a bonus when you realise your music is helping someone live their life”

alt informationExpression Uncensored, which was hosted by Sonos, Index on Censorship and Gay Times Magazine, featured a panel of leading musicians from around the world to discuss queer music and censorship. 

Challenging authority: Shakespeare and radical theatre today

alt information“When you hold the mirror up to nature and up to a totalitarian regime, it recognises it and attempts to stamp it out”

Nadine Strossen: Humane speech is the best way to lead people away from hate

alt information“The only effective and durable way to resist racism and discrimination is through speech and other non-censorial measures”

Secret nuclear bunker host to Index panel discussion on propaganda

alt informationDavid Aaronovitch, Jamie Bartlett and Xinran examine the past, current and future roles of propaganda at the Essex Book Festival

#BannedBooksWeek: What happens when ideas are silenced?

alt informationAward-winning journalist David Aaronovitch was joined in conversation with Irish young adult author Claire Hennessy and Saqi Books publisher Lynn Gaspard.