Rob Young

The Magic Box

County Buildings
In person & Online event
Sun 26 Sep
14:30 UK
£0.00 to £9.00

This is a live audience event. Participants will be on stage in the venue. The event will also be simultaneously streamed on our website. Online access is free but please pay what you can. Booking for online events is optional, but by reserving an online ticket you will receive a reminder beforehand.

The cross-genre feast of moving pictures produced in Britain between the late 1950s and late 1980s – from Quatermass and Tom Jones to The Wicker Man and Brideshead Revisited, from A Canterbury Tale and The Go-Between to Bagpuss and Children of the Stones, and from John Betjeman's travelogues to ghost stories at Christmas – contributed to a national conversation and collective memory. In The Magic Box, Rob Young takes us on a fascinating journey into this influential golden age of screen and discovers what it reveals about the nature and character of Britain, its uncategorisable people and buried histories – and how its presence can still be felt on screen in the twenty-first century.

About the author: Rob Young is the author of Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain’s Visionary Music and All Gates Open: The Story of Can. He is the editor of Undercurrents: The Hidden Wiring of Modern Music and The Wire Primers: A Guide to Modern Music. A former editor of The Wire magazine, he also contributes to Uncut, Guardian, Sight & Sound, Art Review and Frieze.

The Magic Box is available from the Wigtown Book Festival shop HERE

Wigtown Book Festival Events

This year's programme is a combination of physical and digital events. Please ensure you book correctly. Digital events will stream through the homepage of wigtownbookfestival.com with young adult events streaming through the YA page.

Unless otherwise stated, events will last between 45 minutes - 1 hour.

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