Google partners with Telegraph for Ways with Words festival

Google is to partner with the Telegraph Ways with Words Literature Festival, as it celebrates its 20th year.
 
The 10-day festival will run from 8th-18th July at Dartington Hall in South Devon. Online partners Google will co-host "Free Speech: The Great Middle East Revolution" on 8th July, discussing the role of digital activism in oppressive regimes and what free speech means today. Chaired by John Kampfner, Index on Censorship c.e.o., the panel will include: Google policy director, south east Europe, Middle East and Africa, Susan Pointer; Libyan novelist Hisham Matar; and Sami Ben Gharbia, Tunisian blogger and activist.
 
The internet giant will also co-host "Google and Books: good or evil?" on 10th July, chaired by broadcaster James Naughtie. Simon Morrison, Google Books' policy manager; novelist Peter Hensher; Enhanced Editions co-founder Peter Collingridge; and Telegraph head of books Gaby Wood will take part.

Google's Peter Barron director for external relations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said: "We're delighted to be partnering with the Ways with Words festival for the first time. It's a great opportunity to get together with a great line-up of guests to discuss some of the big issues which affect both the literary and the online worlds - whether that is Free Expression in the Middle East or the digitisation of books."
 
Other authors taking part in the event include Ben Okri, Alan Hollinghurst, Margaret Drabble, AA Gill and Shappi Khorsandi.