Billy Bragg, Ali Smith & Daljit Nagra | The albums that shaped them – Online

Fri 27 May - Mon 6 Jun 2022

Tom gatti and friends
Tom Gatti & Friends
Long Players Tom Gatti

This event was recorded at our Spring Festival in Aprill

Writers and the albums that shaped them

Our favourite albums are our most faithful companions: we listen to them hundreds of times over the years, until they become the soundtrack to our lives. Revelling in the power of music to transport the listener to a particular time and place, the sensational singer-songwriter Billy Bragg, literary legend Ali Smith and award-winning poet Daljit Nagra join Tom Gatti, editor of Long Players and executive editor at the New Statesman, to talk about – and play their favourite tracks from – the albums that changed their lives, and became part of their stories. 

Tom is in conversation with Billy Bragg, Ali Smith, Daljit Nagra

Venue: Online

Duration: 1hr

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Author Biography

Tom Gatti is deputy editor of the New Statesman. He joined the magazine in 2013 as culture editor; before that he was Saturday Review editor at The Times, where he also wrote book reviews, features and interviews.


Billy Bragg, singer-songwriter and activist whose most recent book is The Three Dimensions of Freedom.  His music blends elements of folk music, punk rock and protest songs, with lyrics that mostly span political or romantic themes. His music is heavily centred on bringing about change and involving the younger generation in activist causes.

Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962 and lives in Cambridge. Her books have won and been shortlisted for many awards.  Her recent publications include How To Be Both (2014), winner of the Goldsmiths and Baileys Prize and the Costa Book Award for Best Novel; a collection of short stories, Public Library (2015), and her “seasonal quartet”. Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer.    How to Be Both and Autumn were shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Her next novel Companion Piece will be published in 2022.

Daljit Nagra FRSL is a British poet whose debut collection, Look We Have Coming to Dover! – a title alluding to W. H. Auden’s Look, Stranger!, D. H. Lawrence’s Look! We Have Come Through! and by epigraph also to Matthew Arnold’s “Dover Beach” – was published by Faber in February 2007.