Literature 2.0: Criticism in the Digital Age



A public event celebrating the recent boom in online criticism, and encouraging readers to get involved in the growth of digital literary culture.

Editors from three leading online literary reviews, 3:AM Magazine, Review 31 and Berfrois, will participate in a panel discussion exploring:

– the current proliferation of online reviews and magazines, and its implications for contemporary literary culture
– the democratisation of criticism in the online landscape: in a world without journalistic gatekeepers, can anyone be a critic?
– the distinctive challenges and opportunities facing the new generation of online literary journals

Following the panel discussion, an extended Q&A session will enable the audience to join the debate.


David Winters is co-editor in chief of 3:AM Magazine, and a researcher at Cambridge University. His writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement, the LA Review of Books and elsewhere. A collection of his essays, titled Infinite Fictions, is forthcoming from Zero Books in January 2015.

Robert Barry is a contributing editor at Review 31, covering books pertaining to technology and digital culture. He is also a contributor to Frieze, Wired, Art Review and The Wire.

Marc Farrant is a senior editor at Review 31, and a researcher at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has written for the Times Literary Supplement, The New Inquiry, openDemocracy, the LA Review of Books and others.

Russell Bennetts is the founder and editor of Berfrois magazine. He has written for a variety of literary publications including The Honest Ulsterman, HTML Giant and Pank Magazine.

Tariq Goddard is a novelist and publisher. He founded Zero Books in 2007, and left in 2014 to begin a new imprint in association with Watkins, REPEATER. He is currently writing his sixth novel, Nature and Necessity.

Michael Bhaskar is a digital publisher and author of The Content Machine, a book outlining a theory of publishing in the digital age. He is currently working on a new book about the idea of curation.


7th February 2015, 4pm

Upstairs at the Duke of York pub, Rathbone Street,
London W1T 1NQ

Admission is free. Nearest tube stations are Warren Street & Goodge Street.

Crossposted with 3:AM