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Sean O’Brien and Sinéad Morrissey at the BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival 2018

This weekend the annual BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival takes place at Sage Gateshead.

All weekend writers, artists and thinkers will debate and celebrate the theme of this year’s festival: The One and the Many. We’re very pleased that two of our Creative Writing Professors, Sean O’Brien and Sinéad Morrissey, will be taking part in events throughout the weekend.

On Saturday 10th March, Sean O’Brien will feature on Start the Week alongside the economist Linda Yueh, prize-winning author Lionel Shriver, and sociologist Bev Skeggs. Sean, who’s ninth collection of poetry, Europa, is due out in April, will discuss the ideas that underpin the world of finance, how the ghosts of the past haunt the present, and what the accumulation of possessions may be doing to your soul. The programme will be recorded live at Sage Gatesead and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Monday 12th March.

And on Sunday 11th March, Sinéad Morrissey will appear on Ian McMillan’s The Verb, and will share a brand new poem specially commissioned for The Verb. Appearing alongside Sinéad is Tom Jackson, writer and curator of old postcards, and Verb New Voice Sarah Sayeed, who will present her evocative new audio drama My Heroes Are Behind Me.

Tickets for these and other Free Thinking Festival events can be found on the Sage Gateshead website.


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