Storytelling Across Different Media with David Baddiel: recording now available

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David Baddiel is this year's Visiting Professor of Creative Media. On 31 January, we welcomed him to the English Faculty to talk on 'Storytelling Across Different Media' with Professor Robert Douglas-Fairhurst. A recording of the event is now available online; please see below or watch on YouTube.

David Baddiel is a comedian, author, screenwriter, television presenter and Jewish activist. Following the publication of his bestselling polemic Jews Don't Count, David has been at the forefront of tackling antisemitism in the media, sport, and more broadly, the progressive left. The book became The Sunday Times Politics and Current Affairs Book of the Year, 2021 and enjoyed critical acclaim in the UK, Europe and US. He has been invited to speak on antisemitism for audiences in Berlin, New York and around the UK. In 2022, Jews Don't Count was adapted into a documentary for Channel 4. His next book, The God Desire, will be published in April 2023.

David's varied career spans over thirty years. As a stand-up comedian, he performed to a Wembley crowd of 12,500 in the UK's first ever arena comedy show in 1992 and was credited with turning comedy into "The New Rock n Roll". His television credits include creating and starring in The Mary Whitehouse Experience, Newman and Baddiel in Pieces and Fantasy Football. More recently he has created and presented several acclaimed documentaries, including The Trouble with Dad (Channel 4), Confronting Holocaust Denial (BBC2) and Social Media, Anger and Us (BBC2). David has published ten hugely successful children's books as well as four critically acclaimed adult novels.

The Visiting Professorship of Creative Media was established in 1996, as part of a generous benefaction from Rupert Murdoch. It is an annual appointment. Previous Visiting Professors of Creative Media include Jeanette Winterson, Stig Abell, Zing Tsjeng and Armando Iannucci.