The Green Man festival has lined up “iconic musicians and authors” for its 15th year of Talking Shop, a stage for talks and debates. 

Pop Dungeon singer and Welsh icon Charlotte Church, folk-punk star Billy Bragg, award winning author Irvine Welsh (‘Trainspotting’, ‘Filth’ and ‘Porno’), and writer and filmmaker Iain Sinclair will take part in this year’s Talking Shop. 

Church promises to talk about politics in the wake of the 8 June general election in the UK and after her digs at US president Donald Trump. Bragg will discuss his latest book, ‘Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed The World’. Other sessions include a panel on last year’s Guardian Readers’ Book of 2016, ‘The Good Immigrant’, headed by Nikesh Shukla.

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As usual, Talking Shop will host a Pop Quiz, with Pete Paphides and Bob Stanley. This year’s interview is with Jason Williamson of Sleaford Mods. And a conversation about records and the vinyl revival, dubbed ‘The Plural of Vinyl is Vinyl’, will feature Laura Barton, Richard King and Paul Noble of Spiritland.

Early this month, Green Man named comedians taking part in the ‘Last Laugh’ part of the festival, including Josie Long, Rob Deering and Jen Brister. Other comedy acts lined up are Kiwi hip-hop funny man Jarred Christmas and Lazy Susan, a Geordie double act. Deering doubles up as host of musical game show ‘Beat This’. 

Green Man takes place on 17-20 August in the Brecon Beacons, Wales. Headliners at this year’s festival are PJ Harvey, Future Islands, Ryan Adams and Ride. 

Tickets are on sale now from the Green Man website.

Charlotte Church photo credit: Kirsten McTernan

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