James Campbell at Wigtown Book Festival


Talking at the Gates

James Baldwin was one of the most incisive and influential American writers of the twentieth century. Active in the civil rights movement, open about his homosexuality, he was celebrated for eloquent analyses of social unrest and for daring portrayals of sexuality and interracial relationships. His writing has achieved the status of modern classics. James Campbell knew Baldwin, has interviewed many of the author’s friends and associates, and examined hundreds of pages of correspondence. He was the first biographer to access the FBI’s files. The result is a candid and original account of the life and work of a writer who believed ‘the unexamined life is not worth living’.

James Campbell is the author of Exiled in Paris and This Is the Beat Generation. He was born in Glasgow and was for many years an editor and columnist at the Times Literary Supplement in London.


This is a live audience event. Participants will be on stage in the venue. The event will also be simultaneously streamed on our website. Online access is free but please pay what you can. Booking for online events is optional, but by reserving an online ticket you will receive a reminder beforehand.


County Buildings
In person & Online event
Sat 25 Sep
10:00 UK
£0.00 to £9.00
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Saturday 25 Sep 2021
County Buildings, Wigtown. United Kingdom