Bernie Sanders to speak at Brighton Festival event

Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders

Former Democratic candidate for President of the United States Bernie Sanders will speak about his new book ‘Our Revolution’ at a special Brighton Festival Extra event on Thursday, June 1.

Mr Sanders will join Brighton Festival’s Books and Debate programme, which includes Gary Younge discussing the role of guns in Trump’s America; Tariq Ali on his portrait of Lenin, and how we might challenge capitalism today; Palestine’s leading writer Raja Shehadeh on the Israeli occupation of Palestine; celebrated novelist Hanif Kureishi looking back on a career in which he has explored identity, cultural difference, and religious fundamentalism; and Democracy Debate: What Comes Next? in which Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee chairs a panel of top thinkers and politicians to debate the future of our political system.

'Our Revolution' by Bernie Sanders

'Our Revolution' by Bernie Sanders

Mr Sanders made international headlines after 13 million people turned out to vote for him, following his campaign in the Democratic primaries.

In his book, Mr Sanders provides a unique insight into the campaign that galvanized a movement, sharing experiences from the campaign trail and the techniques that shaped it.

He described his supporters as young and old, dissatisfied with expanding social inequality, struggling with economic instability and who rebelled against a political elite who has long ignored them.

Mr Sanders’ movement has been compared with the rise of Syriza in Greece to Podemos in Spain and Jeremy Corbyn in the UK.

Tickets to the Brighton Festival Extra event go on sale from Wednesday (May 3) at 10am, {http://brightonfestival.org/whats_on/books%20and%20debate/|here}.