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The art of satire

Guardian Masterclasses

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 6:30 PM - Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 9:30 PM (BST)

The art of satire

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In a world where public discourse is led by press releases, party lines, advertising, and ever-present hyperbole, satire has become the de facto common language of the online era.

And no wonder – from Jonathan Swift to Brasseye, the best satire informs and educates as well as entertaining, making it simultaneously powerful and preposterous. Whether you’re looking to poke power in the eye or just make your blog less boring, this course will amuse and inspire. Join Guardian satirists John Sutherland and John Crace for a lively discussion of the major satirical styles, practical tips from history’s greatest satirists, and an exploration of satire’s real impact on the world. With a session on the uses, effects and most effective techniques of caricature from Guardian cartoonist Nicola Jennings and a no holds barred Q&A, this promises to be a thoroughly edifying evening (and no, we’re not being ironic).

Course description

- Satire: the origins (Nietzsche)
- The two satire styles: Juvenal, and Horace---the two styles
- Swift, savage indignation: why are all satirists conservatives?
- Modern satire: from literature to politics
- How to use satire today – John Crace's practitioner's guide
- What is caricature? Uses, effects and key practitioners
- How to caricature with a live demo

Tutor profiles

John Sutherland has the title Lord Northcliffe Professor Emeritus of Modern English Literature at University College London. A title, his predecessor Frank Kermode said, was like being Mammon Professor of God. Very satirical. Sutherland has written many books, none as good as any of Frank Kermode’s. Read his work for the Guardian here (http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/johnsutherland).

John Crace is a feature writer for the Guardian. He writes the Digested Read for G2. He is the author of Brideshead Abbreviated: The Digested Read of the Twentieth Century, among other books. Read his work for the Guardian here (http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/johncrace).

Nicola Jennings originally trained as a theatre designer and started work designing for opera. She began caricaturing for the London Daily News in 1987, went on to work for the Daily Mirror and the Observer, and can now be seen regularly in the Guardian. She has also produced animated cartoons for Channel 4's A Week in Politics and drawn live on BBC2's Midnight Hour. At present she is working on John Crace's new collection 'The Digested 21st Century'. She was named caricaturist of the year 2008. See her work for the Guardian here (http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/nicola-jennings).


Dates: Tuesday 4 June 2013
Times: 6.30-9.30pm
Location: The Guardian, 90 York Way, King's Cross, London N1 9GU
Price: £39 (includes VAT, booking fees and refreshments)
Maximum class size: 100

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Kings Place
90 York Way
N1 9GU London
United Kingdom

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 6:30 PM - Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 9:30 PM (BST)

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Guardian Masterclasses

Welcome to Guardian masterclasses – a unique programme of learning embedded within one of the world's most forward-thinking media organisations.

Masterclasses offer a broad range of short and long courses across a variety of disciplines from creative writing, journalism, photography and design, film and digital media, music and cultural appreciation.

Harnessing the expertise and specialisms within the organisation, our courses are led by first class and award winning guardian professionals whilst also drawing on the skills and expertise of other leading figures at the forefront of the creative and digital industries.

The programme is aimed at anyone interested in personal or professional development whether that be refining your skills, focusing your ambition or simply broadening your mind and gaining inspiration.

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