Jay Rayner: how to write a column. And keep writing it
Monday, March 24, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (GMT)
London, United Kingdom
Join the Observer's restaurant critic Jay Rayner to find out how to approach one of the great unspoken complications of journalism: how to write regularly about the same subject and still keep your opinions, and writing, interesting, for yourself and your readers.
As a restaurant critic, you may think subjects such as food, service and decor are Jay Rayner's meat and drink. In reality his reviews are used as a springboard to discuss sex, death, love, war, disease, theatre, film and politics. The secret to good journalism is to find rich seams of personal experience and insight in any piece, to provide the reader with a nuanced piece of writing which stimulates their mind as well as (in Jay's case at least) their appetite.
An entertaining talk in which Jay Rayner will explore the methods and structural tricks he employs to take trips off piste in his reviews, and how to keep writing about the same topic over an extended period, by constantly changing the subject. For anyone interested in good writing, but is challenged by the demands of writing about the same beat over an extended period.
Jay Rayner is the Observer's food critic and is regularly on the television and radio. He is the author of seven books; his latest, A Greedy Man in a Hungry World, is out now and is published by Harper Collins.
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