Wilderness Festival 2014: HuffPost UK's Conversation Starters Series At The Secret Forum

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As part of HuffPost UK's media partnership with Wilderness Festival, we're excited to host a selection of talks from our HuffPost Conversation Starters series.

The talks will take place throughout the weekend (7-10 August 2014) in the Secret Forum tent, a vibrant hub of ideas and lively discussion, with a star-studded line-up including talks from writer Irvine Welsh and artist Sir Antony Gormley.

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The events from our series include a talk by our political director, Mehdi Hasan, who will discuss the coverage of Muslims and Islam by the mainstream British press; a blogging workshop with blogs editor, Jody Thompson; as well as a discussion between HuffPost UK editor-in-chief, Carla Buzasi, and award-winning journalist and author Lucy Mangan, on fourth wave feminism and what it really takes to activate change.

For more detail on HuffPost UK Conversation Starters events, see below, or visit Wilderness Festival for more details.


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HuffPost Conversation Starters event with Carla Buzasi: 'The Same But Different'

Fourth-wave feminism is making waves, but equality remains a myth from Britain's Houses of Parliament to the average wages in businesses across the country. Is it time to change tack and demand a different kind of equal? Do women want their successes to be judged in the same way as men?

The Huffington Post's Editor in Chief, Carla Buzasi, and award-winning journalist and author Lucy Mangan discuss what it really takes to activate change and what we'll do when everyone is equal.

HuffPost Conversation Starters event with Mehdi Hasan: 'Help! The Muslims Are Coming'

Is the mainstream media's coverage of Islam and Muslims balanced or biased? Newspaper headlines such as "Christmas is banned: it offends Muslims" and "Muslims tell us how to run our schools" suggest the latter.

Lord Justice Leveson's inquiry into media ethics in 2012 agreed that Muslims were "the targets of press hostility"; a 2008 Cardiff University study found more than a quarter of newspaper articles published about British Muslims between 2000 and 2008 portrayed Islam as “dangerous, backward or irrational”.

In a very personal speech, The Huffington Post UK's political director Mehdi Hasan will discuss how sections of the British press casually demonise one of the country's most marginalised communities and what steps should be taken to fix the situation. A Q&A with the audience will follow afterwards.

Blogging workshop with HuffPost UK Blogs Editor, Jody Thompson

Have you got something to say and want to kickstart conversations? The Huffington Post UK Blogs Editor, Jody Thompson, gives a blogging workshop including her top tips and insight on what she think works best from her experience, with an audience Q&A afterwards.

The Huffington Post UK are proud media partners of Wilderness festival. Check back here for more exclusive blogs, competitions and stories soon. For tickets to the event click here: www.wildernessfestival.com

See the highlights from last year below...

Wilderness Festival 2013
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