New Livestream Talks from Brighton Dome and Fane


The latest series of livestream talks featuring celebrated authors and TV personalities begin this month, produced by Fane Online in partnership with Brighton Dome, ideal entertainment during lockdown evenings at home.

Internationally renowned and emerging personalities from the worlds of literature, television and journalism will host live discussions and readings to coincide with the release of their latest books. Tickets start from £10, with an option to purchase the book at a discounted price, with selected authors offering signed copies. The talks are filmed at the highest quality with speakers in different locations, delivering an intimate at-home experience that can be viewed again for up to seven days.

Forthcoming dates include Julia Quinn, the author behind the smash hit Netflix series Bridgerton in conversation with Lady Danbury actor Adjoa Andoh, sharing her inspiration behind her favourite characters and the process of turning her popular books into a global TV phenomenon. Stacey Dooley discusses her remarkable career so far, where she’s headed next and how news and investigative journalism are evolving in a highly polarised global political climate. Much-loved comedian, actor and presenter Mel Giedroyc celebrates the publication of her funny, tender and timely new book, The Best Things, in what promises to be an entertaining and life-affirming evening. American writer Kiley Reid discusses her debut novel, Such a Fun Age, and explores what made it resonate so sharply with readers across the globe. Raven Smith, Britain’s sassiest social commentator, reflects on the importance we place on the least important things and our frivolous attempts to accomplish and attain, to celebrate the paperback publication of his book Trivial Pursuits.

A Night in with Jacqueline Woodson 

28 January

Longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, Jacqueline Woodson’s Red At The Bone is a family portrait that transcends the bounds of time. Haunting, profound and moving, this big-hearted novel has been a huge hit with critics and readers alike.

Join Jacqueline, in conversation with The Vanishing Half author Brit Bennett, to mark the paperback publication of this stunning novel. They’ll explore the themes that permeate the story: sexual desire and identity, ambition, gentrification, education, class and status, and the life-altering facts of parenthood. Jacqueline will also discuss the ways in which young people must so often make long-lasting decisions about their lives – even before they have begun to figure out who they are and what they want to be.

A Night in with Nikesh Shukla 

3 February

Spend an evening with Nikesh Shukla in conversation with Anita Rani as he explores themes of racism, feminism, parenting and our shifting ideas of home to celebrate the publication of BROWN BABY: A Memoir of Race, Family and Home. This heart-breaking, compelling, intensely relatable memoir is a love letter to the author’s late mother – who passed away just before his eldest daughter was born – and to his two young daughters.

A Night in with Marian Keyes 

4 February

Spend an evening with one of the most successful Irish novelists of all time, Marian Keyes, to celebrate the paperback publication of her Sunday Times bestselling novel Grown Ups. Live in conversation, Marian will touch on why writing about contemporary issues is so important to her, where she gets her inspiration from, and how she brings her trademark Irish humour to her stories (and her Twitter feed).

An Evening with Bridgerton Author Julia Quinn 

7 February

Join Bridgerton author Julia Quinn for an enlightening and humorous evening in conversation with Lady Danbury actor Adjoa Andoh as she explores the revolution of romance novels. Quinn will consider her own journey to literary success, from selling her first book at the age of 24 and dropping out of medical school, to being the author of eighteen consecutive New York Times bestsellers. She’ll also share the inspiration behind Lady Whistledown, touch upon the process of turning her beloved books into a global TV phenomenon and dish the dirt on her favourite characters.

A Night in with Stacey Dooley 

12 February

Thirteen years into her career, Stacey Dooley has firmly established herself as one of BBC’s most celebrated presenters through her hugely popular investigative series. She has produced an array of social-issue themed documentaries covering topics across the world; from arms dealers in the USA to the UK’s 2020 lockdown heroes, from psych wards to Nigeria’s female suicide bombers, paramilitary attacks in Northern Ireland and how to tackle fast fashion. In this exclusive event, Stacey will discuss her remarkable career so far, where she’s headed next and how news and investigative journalism are evolving in a highly polarised global political climate and a constantly shifting media landscape.

Gyles Brandreth Meets Joanna Lumley

14 February

Gyles Brandreth meets up with Joanna Lumley to talk about her extraordinary life and career. From her childhood in Kashmir to starring on Broadway, from her days as a model in the Swinging Sixties through The New Avengers to Absolutely Fabulous, Gyles takes Joanna on a roller-coaster ride through a unique life with amazing (and frequently hilarious) stories of her times with everyone from David Niven to – interspersed with magical moments from some of her favourite poets, and love poems… it is Valentine’s Day after all!

A Night in with Raven Smith 

17 February

From IKEA meatballs to minibreaks, spend an evening with ‘Instagram’s funniest man’ Raven Smith as he reflects on the importance we place in the least important things and our frivolous attempts to accomplish and attain. Live in conversation to celebrate the paperback publication of his Sunday Times bestseller Trivial Pursuits, Raven will also explore his single-parent upbringing, his struggles as a lonely teenager and his personal experience of coming out.

A Night in with Kiley Reid 

26 February

Join the author of the fiction debut of 2020, Kiley Reid, as she discusses her literary sensation Such A Fun Age with journalist and author Yomi Adegoke. Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2020, and with film and TV rights already optioned by Emmy award-winning Lena Waithe, it went straight into the bestseller lists on both sides of the Atlantic following overwhelming critical acclaim.

A Night in with Mel Giedroyc 

30 & 31 March

Sally Parker is struggling to find the hero inside herself. All she wants to do is lie down. Her husband has lost his business, their home and their savings, in one fell swoop. Their bank cards are being declined. The children have gone feral. And now the bailiffs are at the door. What does an ordinary woman do when the bottom falls out?

Join Mel Giedroyc – much-loved comedian, writer, actor and presenter – to celebrate the publication of her new book The Best Things: a funny, tender, timely story about a family on the brink.

Find full details of all the events and book tickets here.

Fane is one of the UK’s fastest growing production companies, working with inspiring voices from across the cultural spectrum. Fane Online is launched in partnership with Brighton Dome and several regional theatres and independent bookshops across the UK, helping to support the arts sector during the coronavirus crisis. Tickets purchased through Brighton Dome directly benefit the organisation while it remains closed due to lockdown restrictions.