A funny, free-wheeling show about sound-bite culture in a messy world.
Catherine Mayer March 13, National Concert Hall.
The author and Women’s Equality Party co-founder is at the end of her tether. A better, brighter, more equal future shimmers on the horizon, yet we seem to be hurtling in the opposite direction. Deranged presidents and dangerous populists aren’t the only culprits. As progressive movements do battle with each other and among themselves.
Catherine Mayer draws on her front-line experiences of journalism and politics to explain how debates have become so damagingly polarised, to the detriment of all of us.
The potential is here for something that will remain with the audience long after the house lights have gone up. Mayer’s background as a journalist, political analyst and Women’s Equality Party co-founder equips her with a wry and piercing take on inequality, injustice and “sound-bite culture in a messy world”. She appears as part of NCH’s Words+Ideas series, and it also features evenings with Everything I Know About Love author and podcaster Dolly Alderton, ex-Slits guitarist Viv Albertine, and best-selling author Matt Haig (Reasons to Stay Alive, Notes on a Nervous Planet).
Is identity politics to blame? What makes us mistrust everyone but fall for fake news? Are we getting nastier – and might our attitudes to celebrity fuel this trend? Why do TED Talks bring Mayer out in hives? The simple truth, she says, is that life is complicated – and we’ll reach the feminist future she calls ‘Equalia’ only by embracing that complexity.