Taking the P Out of Pompey and Beyond: Satire in a Dangerous Age

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Description of Activity

‘Ours is a useful trade, a worthy calling. With all its lightness and frivolity, it has one serious purpose, one aim, one speciality, and it is constant to it: the deriding of shams, the exposure of pretentious falsities, the laughing of stupid superstitions out of existence.’ So wrote Mark Twain over 100 years ago, but his celebration of the satirist’s craft is arguably even more relevant today in a dangerous age of ‘post-truth’ and ‘post-integrity.’ Star & Crescent and the University of Portsmouth’s Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries present satirists working across fiction, memoir, journalism, graphic art and music whose targets range from the local to the international, from politics to sexual morality, from artistic pretensions to literary conventions, from the things we take for granted to the things we don’t think about enough. Brace yourselves for a lively, funny, frivolous yet serious and combative evening.
Period21 Mar 2017
Held atStar & Crescent, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionLocal


  • Satire
  • Comedy
  • Literature & Culture