"The world isn't made of atoms, it's made of stories." Russell Brand
13 October 2014: It is announced today that comedian Russell Brand will deliver The Reading Agency Lecture on 25 November 2014. The lecture was initiated by The Reading Agency in 2012. It aims to provide a platform for leading writers and thinkers to share original, challenging ideas about the future of reading in the UK.
Russell Brand will deliver 'a manifesto on reading' which will be in part personal, sharing his own experience of books and reading while growing up in the UK; and it will be in part as a public figure, sharing his views on the status of reading and storytelling in our national culture and why reading is important for young people - especially boys - in the UK today.
Russell Brand says:
"Writing is the most intimate medium. Right there in the brain, in the swamp of fear and desire. I like splashing about in there, stirring up sediment, doing the breaststroke. In this lecture I will try and drag this metaphor out for an hour."
Sue Wilkinson, CEO, The Reading Agency says:
"We are delighted Russell Brand has agreed to deliver the third annual Reading Agency Lecture, a platform we designed to stimulate debate and discussion about the transformative power of reading in public and in private life. Delivering life-changing reading opportunities to individuals and communities across the country in partnership with public libraries is at the heart of our work at The Reading Agency. Jeanette Winterson and Neil Gaiman have already electrified our thinking and we now look forward to hearing from Russell Brand."
The high profile inaugural lecture was given by Jeanette Winterson on the occasion of The Reading Agency's 10th birthday in 2012, and last year internationally acclaimed author Neil Gaiman took to the stage to address the future of reading and libraries in a digital age. Now in its third year, the lecture will be open to members of the public for the first time. The invited guests will include leaders from government, libraries, publishing, education, the creative industries and culture; and many authors who are champions of libraries and support The Reading Agency's work. The Reading Agency lecture is a fundraising event, proceeds from which support the charities' core mission, to get and keep the nation reading.
Read excerpts from Jeanette Winterson's 2012 lecture.
Read the full lecture by Neil Gaiman in 2013.
The Reading Agency Lecture will take place in The Logan Hall at the Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL
You can buy tickets for the lecture from Eventbrite. Tickets are priced at £20 and £10 for concessions (under 24s).
About Russell Brand
Russell Brand is a world renowned comedian. To date he has won numerous awards including Time Out's Comedian of the Year and Best Newcomer at the British Comedy Awards. Russell Brand has two books published this autumn: Russell Brand's Trickster Tales: The Pied Piper of Hamelin (Canongate) and Revolution (Century).