Review: Sir Martyn Lewis at the Auden Theatre, Holt
- Credit: Archant Norfolk
The first afternoon audience of the 2019 Holt Festival in the Auden Theatre were thoroughly engaged and challenged by Sir Martyn Lewis who presented his lecture called 'A Constructive Future for Journalism'.
In what could have been a dry subject for what was presumably an audience made up of non-journalistic people, he explained how our news today is made up of predominantly negative stories and the impact this has on our everyday lives.
He did so in a very relaxed engaging way. For the past 26 years he has been on a personal crusade for these stories to also contain a counterbalance of how to address whichever issue is being reported. He gave real life examples of the benefits this has had when this approach is taken.
He also extolled the virtues of leading with many more positive stories which he believes outweigh in real life the negative ones but currently never get the same amount of airtime.
Sir Martyn was a polished professional and smooth presenter.
Even during the obligatory Q&A at the end, his answers seemed to have been pre-scripted rather than off the cuff.
This was a good start to the festival living up to a promise of delivering cultural nourishment from recognised performers.
- 1 Norfolk-born entrepreneur is second richest person in country
- 2 Two Norfolk seaside hotels named among the best in Britain
- 3 Revamped 'hidden gem' restaurant hoping to put village on map for food
- 4 Hundreds of motors park up for classic vehicle day at Norfolk gardens
- 5 Cafe and shop along Norfolk Broads up for sale with 'rare opportunity'
- 6 100 East Anglian events you cannot miss this summer
- 7 Can you answer these 10 GCSE questions designed for 16-year-olds?
- 8 Cash boost for church campaign backed by Normal for Norfolk star
- 9 Iceland offers over 60s discount on shopping bill every week
- 10 Homes in Norfolk amongst least likely to be burgled
It was both thought provoking and entertaining at the same time.
Like most of the audience I left with a deeper understanding the subject matter and genuinely hoping that Sir Martyn succeeds in persuading 'the powers to be' of the benefits of this approach across all forms of the UK media.
I wonder if someone should also come with 'A Constructive Future for Politics' which could hopefully have a similar positive impact.