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Karl reMarks & Ayesha Hazarika: Satire in Surreal Times

Part of London Literature Festival

If the truth is stranger than fiction, can it also be too strange for satire? Join us for a panel discussion on the place and power of satire in troubled times.

Karl Sharro, writer of Middle East political and cultural online commentary Karl reMarks, and Ayesha Hazarika MBE, sought-after political commentator and broadcaster and author of Punch and Judy Politics: An Insiders' Guide to Prime Minister's Questions, discuss whether, in a time of bubbles, silos and echo chambers, comedy can really reach across the aisle – or whether it risks widening existing divisions.

Karl Sharro’s work has been featured in international media including the BBC, Al Jazeera and The Economist.

In 2016, Sharro’s video ‘You want the simple one-sentence explanation for what caused Isis?’ went viral, with 1.6 million views on Facebook alone. His first book, And Then God Created the Middle East and Said ‘Let There Be Breaking News’ is out now.

Ayesha Hazarika MBE was a special adviser to Gordon Brown, Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband from 2007 to 2015. She is a columnist for the Evening Standard and writes for many other national publications. She has appeared on the BBC, Sky and CNN, where she’s a regular pundit on domestic and international affairs.

Hazarika is also an award-winning stand-up comedian and is currently touring her latest show Girl on Girl – the Fight for Feminism.

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Royal Festival Hall
St Paul's Roof Pavilion, Level 6, Blue Side


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For ages 16+.