Conflict is never easy to report. It’s dangerous, difficult and resources are depleted. So for the POLIS panel at the LSE’s Literary Festival in February we have found three top journalists who have done something special with narrative.

Three of the best British conflict reporters describe three very different ways to tell the stories of three very different war-zones. Fiction, biography and reportage are used to tell gripping narratives of some of the most brutal places in the world. These are the deep, nasty, real stories of Mexico’s drug wars, an African coup, and the so-called war on terror in Afghanistan. One is a novel, another a personal biography and another a searing piece of investigation. Each brings a fresh perspective to the strange new wars of the 21st century.


James Brabazon is an award winning frontline journalist and documentary filmmaker and the author of My Friend the Mercenary about one of Africa’s most notorious mercenaries – his friend Nick du Toit. Jill McGivering is a BBC Correspondent who has covered the world from Afghanistan to Washington. Her first work of fiction, The Last Kestral, is about a female war reporter on assignment in Helmand Province. Ed Vulliamy is an international correspondent who has covered conflicts such as Bosnia and Iraq forThe Guardian and Observer newspapers. His latest book Amexica tackles the drugs war in Mexico.

Date: Friday 18th February

Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: James Brabazon, Jill McGivering, Ed Vulliamy
Chair: Kirsty Lang

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