Dialect – Writing poetry: overcoming the legacy of child sexual abuse

Movie poster for Rich Peppiatt's film One Rogue Reporter, a pastiche of the poster for Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket, with a press reporter's hat instead of an army helmet

plus One Rogue Reporter: Richard Peppiatt comes to Bristol

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Simon Chapman joins us from the Bristol branch of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) to tell us about a screening and discussion the union is organising at the Cube Cinema at 7:30pm on Fri 21 November.

Simon also discusses the redundancy of local staff reporters, press regulation and the owners of the Bristol Evening Post ‘Local World’, who are they?

One Rogue Reporter is the story of Rich Peppiatt, a tabloid hack who snaps over his red top paper’s fixation with sensationalism over truth. When the phone hacking scandal engulfs Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World, Rich decides to use the skills he’s honed on Fleet Street to turn the tables on the press barons peddling sex, lies and scaremongering under the cloak of journalism. The result is a hilarious documentary: part exposé, part comedy, part cri de coeur against unaccountable press power.

What began as a critically-acclaimed show at the Edinburgh Fringe has been inventively transferred to the screen with the contributions from Steve Coogan, Hugh Grant and John Bishop as well as philosopher AC Grayling and former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott. One Rogue Reporter is an exploration of privacy, public interest and freedom of expression, using the very editors who abuse these rights as deserving targets – including infamous former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie and feared Daily Mail chief Paul Dacre.

Nic Outterside is a former newspaper editor who was sexually abused by a scouting District Commissioner as a teenager then found the abuse caught up with him forty years or so later when he had a mental breakdown at work. Nic’s doctor advised him to express his feelings about the abuse through writing and Nic decided to start a blog

A year or so on he was encouraged by friends and other people who’d suffered abuse to publish the poetry and writings as a book “The Hill: Songs and Poems of Darkness and Light“. Angela Belassie asks Nic about his sexual abuse as a teenager, hears how the police lied to him telling him his abuser was dead, and how he’s now really begun to come to terms with it all, partly through his poetry and writing.

In the penultimate excerpt from Aldous Huxley’s 1962 talk ‘The Ultimate Revolution’ he talks about hallucinogenic drugs such as LSD, which he experimented with, as representing potential new directions for mankind and a kind of release from narrow-mindedness.


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