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Talking Books, 2–4pm, Sat 22 Oct

From 2 until 4pm, people gathered at the In Situ Photo Project outside Scorpio Books to book a twenty-minute, one-on-one conversation with a ‘human talking book’.

Freerange Press brought together a collection of passionate experts on a range of topics – from the state of the city through to music, buying train tickets in India and birthing well. Conversation flowed and the 20 minute sessions, where 6 ‘books’ were available, were well attended.

This project fitted well with FESTA 2016’s theme We Have The Means – as it enabled the public to ask questions and make use of the knowledge of fellow citizens in a relaxed setting.

The human, talking books were:

One Good Thing About Music with Jesse Newman, former history of music lecturer, defunct record-store employee and amasser of records

Birthing Well: Essential Information with Julie Richard, midwife and educator

Drawing Life: Buildings, People and Places with Byron Kinnaird, Phd architecture student

Creative Cities with Coralie Winn, co-founder of Gap Filler

The Accidental Restauranteur with Emma Mettrick, owner of Twenty-Seven Steps

Loving the Recovery; Hating the Recovery with Barnaby Bennett, designer and publisher

How to Buy Train Tickets in India with Emma Johnson, editor and avid traveller.

This project was presented by Freerange Press.

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Photographs by Nick Sargent.

Date: October 24, 2016