Green Man announces this years’ Talking Shop Line-up


Some incredible stories have been told from the Green Man Festivals’ Talking Shop over the last decade and a half! With 2017 being Green Man’s 15th year they’ve made no exception.

Green Man are beyond happy to announce that Irvine Welsh will join them; the razor-sharp Scot behind classics Trainspotting, Porno and Filth is bound to have a few poignant things to say, and they can’t wait to hear them. Straight outta the POP DUNGEON, Green Man welcome back Charlotte Church in conversation, who takes a break from POTUS poking to share a few colourful thoughts on modern politics.

Cardiff-born writer and filmmaker Iain Sinclair may be best known for his London-rooted work, but they’re thrilled that the Welsh icon is up for a chat in our Talking Shop. Then there’s Billy Bragg whose unmistakable folk-punk protest songs will set the foundation for a fascinating chinwag about music and politics that focus on his forthcoming book ‘Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed The World’.

Elsewhere: Nikesh Shukla presents a very special panelized discussion based on last year’s Guardian Reader’s Book of 2016 – The Good Immigrant. Shirley Collins returns to Talking Shop in conversation with Jude Rogers. Plus Lynsey Hanley, Dawn Foster and Emma Jackson explore the roots and consequences of 10 years of the UK housing crises.

Of course, Green Man have got your favourite Talking Shop regulars, too – Make sure you’re early to watch Pete Brown match beers with the bands of Green Man 2017, their legendary pop quiz with Pete Paphides and Bob Stanley, and there ever-popular mojo interview, which this year features Jason Williamson of Sleaford Mods plus no doubt a few expletives!

They’ll be nostalgically celebrating fifteen years of Green Man with a panel of audience selected stories. Come reminisce over memories, life-changing events, mountain views and hangovers with them. Be sure not to miss the Plural Of Vinyl Is Vinyl a conversation about records and their revival with Laura Barton, Richard King and Paul Noble of Spiritland. And come get lost with us while Will Ashon, author of the acclaimed journey into Epping Forest ‘Strange Labyrinth’, John Grindrod whose forthcoming book ‘Outskirts’ looks at the Green Belt and Travis Elborough author ‘The Park’ explore the art of getting lost in places that seem familiar in Let’s Get Lost.

Green Man is also bringing a little bit of Wales to the heart of London with this year’s Courtyard, a Welsh Beer and Cider Festival with great live music across five days. Green Man have announced sets from Pinegrove, Dutch Uncles, Dungen, Huw Stephens and more. Plus they’ll have workshops, talks from the Brewers, walkabout theatre and twmpaths all weekend long. More information can be found here –


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Lindsay is an English and Creative Writing graduate from the University of South Wales, Newport.

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