Bradford Literature Festival is delighted to welcome language and linguistics expert, David Crystal, as he demonstrates the myths and realities surrounding the notion of eloquence, explored in his brilliantly entertaining book, The Gift of the Gab: How Eloquence Works.

Whilst the book’s core analysis deals with Barack Obama’s electrifying “Yes we can” speech from 2008, in which the President demonstrated mastery of virtually every element of eloquence, this event will attempt to answer the question a lot of people are now asking: could the notion of eloquence ever include a speaker like Donald Trump?

This fascinating talk will illustrate a range of techniques used by everyone – from the world’s most successful speakers to the everyday folk giving wedding speeches and business presentations – and will suggest five ways in which anyone can improve their public speaking. We all know eloquence when we hear it, but what exactly is it? And how might we gain it for ourselves? Come along and find out how you can acquire the gift of the gab.

About The Speaker

David Crystal

David Crystal is honorary professor of linguistics at the University of Bangor, and works from his home in Holyhead, North Wales as a writer, editor, lecturer, and broadcaster in language and linguistics. The talk is based on his recent book, The Gift of the gab: how eloquence works.

About The Chair

Yvette Huddleston

Yvette Huddleston is an author and journalist specialising in the arts. She has written extensively on film, theatre, literature and visual art for a wide range of national and regional publications.