Index on Censorship Big Debate: Journalism or fiction?

Chris Bond, Yvette Huddleston, Rachael Jolley and Anthony Clavane Photos: Fiona Gell/The Leeds Big Bookend Festival

Chris Bond, Yvette Huddleston, Rachael Jolley and Anthony Clavane
Photos: Fiona Gell/The Leeds Big Bookend Festival

The Index on Censorship Big Debate took place at the 5th annual Leeds Big Bookend Festival this week, where journalists and authors were invited to discuss which has the biggest impact: journalism or fiction. Index’s magazine editor Rachael Jolley was joined by assistant features editor of The Yorkshire Post Chris Bond, Yorkshire-based journalist and author Yvette Huddleston and author of the award- winning Promised Land Anthony Clavane to explore which medium is more influential and why, as part of a series of Time To Talk debates held by Eurozine. Audio from the debate will be available at Time to Talk or listen below.


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14 June: Does fiction have a stronger impact than journalism?

Big Bookend LogoJoin us at Leeds’s Carriageworks Theatre for a discussion about how journalism and fiction can have an impact on our society.

Does fiction have a stronger impact than journalism? Why, or why not? Which of the two reaches more people?

This event, part of Leeds Big Bookend Festival, will be a debate led by journalists and fiction writers, who will compare the roles played by fiction and journalism and explore whether plays, poetry and short stories can reach more people and spread awareness more than news reports.

Panelists are: Yvette Huddleston (Chair), a freelance journalist and author specializing in the arts and based in Yorkshire; Rachael Jolley, editor of Index on Censorship magazine; Anthony Clavane, journalist, author and playwright of Leeds Lads; Chris Bond, author and assistant features editor at the Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post.

The event marks the 3rd year of Index’s participation in Leeds’s Big Bookend Festival through the Index on Censorship Big Debate. In previous years, our debates have evolved around the link between religious freedom and freedom of speech, and the role of propaganda and governments withholding truth in wartime.

The event is free, but booking is essential.

When: Tuesday 14 June 2016, 6:30 PM
Where: Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds (map)
Tickets: Free, but booking required through Eventbrite.

10 June: The new civility: are religious freedom and freedom of speech intertwined?


Index on Censorship magazine are holding a big debate, in partnership with the Leeds Big Bookend festival.

Does freedom of religion and freedom of speech come as a package or can you pick and choose? Do those people who suggest freedom of expression should be “civilised” and that we should be wary of causing offence to people’s religious sensibilities have a point? Or is the world full of offended people and any idea of holding back ends up with us not being able to talk about important issues?

Panellists: Anthony Clavane, playwright, journalist and author of Promised Land and Sunday Mirror sports journalist: A Northern Love Story; Chris Bond, journalist with the Yorkshire Post; Chief Imam Qari Muhammad Asim MBE of Leeds Makkah Masjid; Rachael Jolley, editor of the Index on Censorship magazine

WHEN: Wednesday 10th June 2015, 6.30pm
WHERE: Waterstones, Albion Street, Leeds
TICKETS: £3 / available here