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UEA Literary Festival

The University of East Anglia is holding a literary festival in November. Strangely, they haven't invited me to speak, but there is at least one event that should prove interesting:

Sir John Houghton, Phil Jones and Sir David King - Friday 12 November 2010.

If anyone is going, a report would be welcome.


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It's not obvious where the literary connections come into it. The bibliographies are not exactly revealing. It seems to me that Phil Jones literary efforts, as revealed by the emails, were hardly of literary worth. Historical worth perhaps.

Nov 1, 2010 at 6:52 AM | Unregistered CommenterPhillip Bratby

Is it for fiction writers?

Nov 1, 2010 at 7:03 AM | Unregistered CommenterThe Englishman

I've just looked at some of Jones' emails for literary gems:

About the death of John Daly: In an odd way this is cheering news!

About sceptics: He is nowhere near as good as a couple of yours and he’s an utter prat but he’s getting a lot of air time at the moment.

About peer review: just agreed to review another crappy paper

Re FOI: Can you delete any emails you may have had with Keith?

Nov 1, 2010 at 7:25 AM | Unregistered CommenterPhillip Bratby

On the site you link to you can buy a video link ticket for £2.50. Cheaper than a funfair ride

Nov 1, 2010 at 7:39 AM | Unregistered Commentergeoffchambers

I thought that Prof Jones wasn't well enough to make any public statements?

Let's give thanks for his recovery and hope that he is strong enough to answer some questions. But he will be a bit out of practice at answering since Oxburgh, Russell, Davies, Acton et al didn't ask them.

The 'event' is only scheduled for an hour - split among three participants - so I doubt if there will be much meat to it. And I'm not sure whether no published agenda is good or bad news.

Nov 1, 2010 at 7:44 AM | Unregistered CommenterLatimer Alder

"They said they want to keep Lisa Jackson tied up in a chair in front of Congress committees."

Now some things are worth waiting for!

Nov 1, 2010 at 8:57 AM | Unregistered CommenterPete Hayes

Oops, wrong post, sorry guys! Put it down to the new Ipad! Dam you Apple!

Nov 1, 2010 at 8:58 AM | Unregistered CommenterPete Hayes

Would be interesting to see a conversation between Melvyn Bragg and Phil Jones. Bragg sounded sceptical in his interview with Monbiot in 2000. I wonder if his views are still the same.

Oh, if only to be a fly on the wall.

Nov 1, 2010 at 10:21 AM | Unregistered CommenterRoss H

I emailed the festival and the video tickets are to enable people to watch from an adjacent venue, not for watching at home.

Nov 1, 2010 at 11:33 AM | Registered CommenterBishop Hill

"a literary festival"

Not a science fair, then? I guess that might be too hard...

Nov 1, 2010 at 11:58 AM | Unregistered CommenterJames P

I wonder if Jones et al. are entered in the Science Fiction Genre?

Nov 1, 2010 at 1:26 PM | Unregistered CommenterDon Pablo de la Sierra

I wonder if Jones et al. are entered in the Science Fiction Genre?

Crime fiction more likely ;)

Nov 1, 2010 at 1:44 PM | Unregistered CommenterJohnH

Hmmm... the guys that said we need disasters, hid declines, and declared on Newsnight that climatologists' phones had been tapped. Does the UEA have a padded cell large enough?

Nov 1, 2010 at 2:57 PM | Unregistered CommenterZT

The timing is entertaining. I assume the 17th Nov will be the actual publicly recognised first anniversary of a certain event in UEA academic history

Nov 1, 2010 at 3:26 PM | Unregistered Commenterclivere

I wish Jones all the good health so he can recover his strength and perhaps even venture into the blogosphere where all the crazy deniers and skeptics teem, to answer questions.

Nov 1, 2010 at 9:43 PM | Unregistered CommenterShub

UEA is holding a literary festival and featuring Houghton, Jones and King as an event???? Another example of the Empire attempting to strike back. Or maybe this is the venue where Phil Jones announces that all his published work was fiction in service to a good cause... kinda like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein....

Sometimes I regret ever finding His Grace's blog... it reveals a rot so deep it boggles the mind, and many Americans want to emulate that model. It may require very radical surgery indeed to excise the rot.

Nov 2, 2010 at 4:47 AM | Unregistered CommenterRobert E. Phelan

Perhaps they've been taking lessons from Pachauri and are going for the bodice ripper slot.

Nov 2, 2010 at 7:37 PM | Unregistered CommenterMartin Brumby

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