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Thrive took place from 14 – 16 Jul 2023. You can find out more about the Festival below. To find out about the 2024 Festival, click here.


Jonathan Pie | Rosie Holt
Joanna Scanlan | Bonnie Greer OBE

George Monbiot | Lord Victor Adebowale CBE | Carole Cadwalladr
Peter Oborne | Hardeep Matharu | Laline Paull
Asif Kapadia | Rushanara Ali MP | Rob Beckley

Marina Purkiss | Anthony Barnett | Alexandra Hall HALL
Dawn Butler MP | Adam Bienkov | Jemma Forte

Peter Jukes | John Sweeney | Otto English

UNBOUND WILD: Tom Cox | Patrick McCabe
Jackie Morris | Martin Shaw | Jay Griffiths

Bonnie Greer
Lord Victor Abedowale
Rosie Holt

about this event

Dartington Trust and Byline Times Festival is a weekend of ideas, food, dancing and thinking about how we can change the world for the better.

Originally a three-day event in Sussex, in 2023 Byline is collaborating with Dartington Trust on our beautiful estate in Devon for the inaugural iteration of a festival that we hope will flourish for years to come!

We have an ever-growing line up of incredible minds and talents coming to share their progressive ideas and radical creativity in an unforgettable setting along the River Dart. So have a perusal below, pop the date in your diary and nab a ticket for what promises to be a rather special weekend…

about dartington trust

Founded in 1925, we are a thriving visitor destination and charity supporting learning in arts, ecology and social justice, set on a beautiful 1,200-acre estate in the South Devon countryside.

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is this a 1945 moment?

After years of austerity, Covid, Brexit, the Ukrainian invasion, environmental emergency and three prime ministers just last year, Britain is on the brink.

Steeped in history, art, culture and natural beauty, Dartington Hall makes for an idyllic setting for Dartington Trust and Byline to host a festival that wants to change the world.

This is where the manifesto for Clement Attlee’s 1945 government was first drafted – with the intent to rebuild postwar Britain.

Now, in 2023, it is appropriate that we will be here as the country needs to be rebuilt again. In the true spirit of Attlee’s Government that laid the foundations for the modern welfare state, the festival will look forward to the type of country, society and politics we want to create, with the prospect of an imminent change of Government.

If this is indeed a 1945 moment, this festival wants to seize it!

about byline festival

Byline Festival has always held a space for discussions focusing on pressing issues and celebrated culture with its unique mix of documentaries, music and spoken word, for the ultimate multidimensional festival experience with lasting impact.

There are no VIP rooms or corporate entertainment: it is an intimate festival where festival goers, speakers and performers enjoy the weekend together swapping ideas, inspiring each other and daring to think about a better future.

Founded in 2017, after Trump’s election and the EU referendum, the festival has been a fellowship in dark times. Now in partnership with Dartington Trust, a place with its own radical past, the festival has found its true home.

The talk sessions in the Great Hall will be complemented by a literary event: UNBOUND WILD in the Barn Cinema. In the evening there will be special events, including the Bad Press Awards presented by Rosie Holt, and a live podcast of the Trawl, as well as music and performances.

Confirmed speakers and performers
Lord Abedowale

Lord Victor Adebowale CBE

Cross-bench peer and chair of NHS Confederation.

Rushanara Ali MP

Rushanara Ali MP

MP for Bethnal Green and Bow since 2010. She was appointed Shadow Minister of State for Education in 2013, but resigned to abstain on the Coalition governments’s motion permitting military action against Islamic State in Iraq.

Anthony Barnett

Anthony Barnett

Co-founder of Open Democracy, former director of Charter 88 and author of The Lure of Greatness and Taking Control! Humanity and America After Trump and the Pandemic.

Rob Beckley

Rob Beckley

Assistant Commissioner from the Metropolitan Police to the Home Office to head the Command Team of Operation Resolve, the investigation into the Hillsborough disaster.

Adam Bienkov

Adam Bienkov

Political editor of Byline Times, former political editor of Business Insider and previously deputy editor of

Dawn Butler

Dawn Butler MP

MP for Brent Central and former Minister for Young Citizens and Youth Engagement. In 2021 she was ordered to leave the House of Commons for calling Boris Johnson a liar.

Carole Cadwalladr

Carole Cadwalladr

Investigative journalist who exposed the Cambridge Analytica scandal and was awarded the Orwell Prize for political journalism.

Otto English

Otto English

Writer for Byline Times and author of Fake History: Ten Great Lies and How They Shaped the World.

Jemma Forte

Jemma Forte

Broadcast journalist, writer and presenter. Author of five novels and regular guest, presenter of TV shows and regular contributor to news programmes. Co-presenter of The Trawl.

Bonnie Greer

Bonnie Greer OBE

American-British playwright, novelist, critic and broadcaster.

Alexandra Hall

Alexandra Hall HALL

Former UK diplomat in Bogata and New Delhi and British Ambassador to Georgia. Hall was lead envoy at the British Embassy in Washington until she resigned in December 2019 over Brexit lies.
Rosie Holt

Rosie Holt

Satirist, comedian and actor, whose Women who… videos have been an internet sensation.

Peter Jukes

Peter Jukes

Co-founder of Byline Festival and Byline Times. Author, screen writer, playwright, literary critic and journalist.

Asif Kapadia

Asif Kapadia

Director of documentaries including Amy (winner of BAFTAs, a Grammy and the highest-grossing documentary ever at the British Box Office) – which will screen at the festival, followed by a Q&A with Asif.

Hardeep Matharu

Hardeep Matharu

Editor of Byline Times and author of Wokelore.

George Monbiot credit Guy Reece

George Monbiot

Best-selling author, environmental activist and Guardian columnist.  His works include Feral: Rewilding the Land, Sea and Human Life. In 2022, George was awarded the Orwell Prize for Journalism.

Peter Oborne

Peter Oborne

Writer for Byline Times and former Chief Political Commentator for Daily Telegraph. Author of books including: The Rise of Political Lying, The Triumph of the Political Class and The Assault on Truth.

Laline Paull

Laline Paull

Bestselling novelist and environmental activist, Laline’s latest novel Pod is longlisted for the 2023 Women’s Prize for Fiction. She is currently adapting her first novel, The Bees, for the National Theatre.

Jonathan Pie

Jonathan Pie

Political correspondent (portrayed by comedian Tom Walker) who became a worldwide phenomenon when he ranted about Donald Trump during his election campaign.

Marina Purkiss

Marina Purkiss

Political commentator and podcaster. Co-presenter of The Trawl and regular guest on the Jeremy Vine Show and Byline TV.

joanna scanlan

Joanna Scanlan

Actor known for TV series including The Thick Of It, Getting On, and No Offence. Her film appearances include The Invisible Woman, Bridget Jones’s Diary and After Love, for which she won a BAFTA.


John Sweeney

Investigative Journalist and author. Worked on BBC’s Panorama and Newsnight. Reports on Ukraine.


Tom Cox

The bestselling writer of over fourteen books including his latest novel, Villager, a psychedelic and enthralling exploration of life in place that might just be Dartmoor…

Jay Griffiths

Award-winning writer and environmental activist, the author of the influential Wild: An Elemental Journey and Why Rebel?

Alice Jolly

The author of Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile – a novel that tells the story of a 19th century domestic servant, and that was runner-up for the Rathbones Folio Prize 2019.

Patrick McCabe

One of modern Ireland’s greatest writers, twice shortlisted for the Booker Prize, author of The Butcher Boy and his most recent, shape-shifting epic, Poguemahone.

Jackie Morris

The legendary artist, writer and co-creator (with Robert Macfarlane) of the international bestseller, The Lost Words.

Tim O’Grady

Author of I Could Read the Sky, an award-winning collaboration with photographer Steve Pyke – acclaimed as ‘the’ classic novel of the Irish in England.

Martin Shaw

Writer, mythologist, and storyteller, Martin runs the Westcountry School of Myth on Dartmoor and teaches at Dartington Arts School on the MA Poetics of Imagination course.


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You’ll need to book your accommodation in addition to your Festival pass.

All accommodation on the estate, including our Courtyard Rooms and Campsite, is now SOLD OUT.

Totnes is a five-minute taxi journey away – head to to explore options.

getting here

Our 1,200-acre estate in situated in the South Hams, Devon. 

Ample parking is available and Totnes Train Station is just a mile away. 

For longer visits, Dartington is the ideal base for exploring Dartmoor, the beaches of the English Riviera, and a wealth of vibrant, beautiful towns and villages – including, of course, Totnes itself.

food and drink

You’ll be able to enjoy the very best of the south west, thanks to our award-winning teams in our White Hart pub and Green Table café.

Plus, we’ll be serving up some special festival treats!

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