Talking Shop Lineup's Landed...Posted Wed 28 Mar. 2018

Delve into our lineup of illuminating debates, insightful thoughts and incredible reminiscences from iconic musicians and authors alike...

One of a trio of headline guests, the legendary ANNIE NIGHTINGALE will discuss her role as the longest-serving presenter on BBC Radio 1 and how her illustrious broadcasting career has unfolded since being named the first female presenter on the station in 1970. Four decades in the job, Nightingale will reflect on the ever-changing industry with her inimitable mixture of irreverent humour and punk enthusiasm.

This year’s Talking Shop curator, journalist, author and broadcaster LAURA BARTON will take on Australian psychedelic rock powerhouse, and 2018 Green Man headline act, KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD in conversation. The seven-strong outfit from Melbourne released no less than a stunning five full-length records in 2017, and needless to say, have a lot to get off their chest.

The final headline event, LITERARY DEATH MATCH - dubbed “the most entertaining reading series ever” by the LA Times - will bring four authors to Green Man to read their most electric writing for seven minutes or less before a panel of hilarious all-star judges. Special guest judge Johnny Pictish, now firmly established as a pillar of the Green Man community, will help preside over this unique and compelling affair.

Returning once again this year is the much loved MOJO INTERVIEW, which in this edition features a conversation with American songwriting wizard JOHN GRANT, who’s three solo albums to date have been critically lauded without exception - talk will now turn to his next big move.

The legendary PEGGY SEEGER will join this year’s Talking Shop, discussing her extraordinary life and career - covering over sixty years as her time as a folk icon and activist - and the political power of song, as well as a detailed look at the Sunday Times and Telegraph’s Book of the Year, her memoir First Time Ever. We’re also delighted the inimitable VIV ALBERTINE will join us, with the punk legend opening up about whatever she wants to (but hopefully it will include her time in the Slits and her second memoir, To Throw Away Unopened).

We are also joined by authors ROB YOUNG, discussing All Gates Open, his biography of Can and the definitive story of the most influential and revered avant-garde band of the late twentieth century, and OWEN SHEERS the BAFTA-nominated Welsh novelist, poet and playwright, who will read from To Provide All People - a poem to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS - and also provide comments on The Green Hollow, his remarkable memorial to the Aberfan mining disaster.

Green Man is thrilled to host ROSS SUTHERLAND’s acclaimed Imaginary Advice podcast live, a sketchpad for new ideas and ways of telling stories, as well as bringing GABRIEL EBULUE’s Three Track Podcast to a live audience, with Gabriel joined by Very Special Guest, eclectic auteur BAXTER DURY for an in-depth, passionate - and no doubt exceptionally wry - discussion of their favourite songs. Elsewhere, Green Man will host THE FUTURE OF MUSIC WRITING IN OUR POST-NME WORLD - a discussion panel with Jude Rogers, Pete Paphides, Dave Randall and Laura Barton.

We’ll be opening the stage on Friday morning with a look at how the landscape of Green Man has inspired writers and musicians, with a specially-commissioned piece by the writer HORATIO CLARE (who grew up on the hills overlooking the site), a performance of THE GLASS AISLE - the collaboration between Brian Briggs (ex-Stornoway) and poet Paul Henry about the Brecon-Monmouthshire canal, as well as writer and Green Man legend RICHARD KING, (currently engaged in writing a book about landscape and music).

And fret not, we’ve got your favourite Talking Shop regulars, too – PETE BROWN will be matching beers with the bands of Green Man 2017, and we’ll be welcoming back our frankly unrivalled POP QUIZ with Pete Paphides and Bob Stanley.

Plus we’ll have a few unprogrammed curveballs and surprises, and Spotifyable playlists compiled by our marvellous writers and performers.

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