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David Shrigley, Madeline Miller, the Power of Netflix

Artist David Shrigley on being guest director of this year's Brighton Festival, the power of Netflix and novelist Madeline Miller.

Graphic artist David Shrigley discusses his role as Guest Director of the Brighton Festival 2018, and his new book Fully Coherent Plan for a New and Better Society.

Madeline Miller won the Orange Prize for Fiction with her debut The Song of Achilles, which told the story of a love affair between Achilles and Patroclus. Her latest novel continues the Greek theme with the story of the first witch in Western literature, Circe, daughter of Helios, who is scorned and rejected by her kin. She discusses what inspired her to take up her story.

The Cannes film festival starts next week, but it's being boycotted by Netflix, one of the world's most powerful entertainment companies. Netflix has been accused of cultural imperialism and Cannes of living in the past. Boyd Hilton and Simon Usborne consider the significance of this turn of events.

Presenter Kirsty Lang
Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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30 minutes


  • Netflix

    Duration: 07:42

  • Madeline Miller

    Duration: 07:38

  • Mary Beard

    Duration: 00:56

  • Karl Marx tomb

    Duration: 03:05

  • David Shrigley

    Duration: 08:25

David Shrigley

David Shrigley
David Shrigley
Portrait by Victor Frankowski

Brighton Festival is on from
5 - 27 May

His book Fully Coherent Plan for a New and Better Society is out now

Main image: Boulder Man Character
Copyright credit: David Shrigley

Madeline Miller

Madeline Miller
Madeline Miller

Madeline Miller's book Circe is available now

Karl Marx headstone

Karl Marx headstone
Karl Marx's headstone, Highgate Cemetry

It reads: Workers of the World Unite


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest David Shrigley
Interviewed Guest Madeline Miller
Interviewed Guest Boyd Hilton
Interviewed Guest Simon Usborne
Producer Jerome Weatherald




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