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  • Tortoise Quarterly, a short book of long reads, four times a year
  • Unlimited ThinkIn tickets in the newsroom with priority booking. Bring a friend to each.
  • Signed copies of ThinkIn speakers’ books
  • Special invitation-only events, hosted by Tortoise editors

If you’ve got any questions about joining – how it works, what’s on offer – we’d love to hear from you. Just send Swathy an email at swathy@tortoisemedia.com 

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Come to our newsroom, meet the authors and get signed copies of their books:

Exclusive Friends of Tortoise events:

exclusive tickets

Thu 25 Nov 2021 • 6pm til late

KITE launch party

The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London

Join us to celebrate the launch of KITE, a brand new festival of ideas and music. Rub shoulders with VIPs from the worlds of music, publishing, politics and the press at an evening of live entertainment featuring two very special ThinkIns and an unforgettable set from Afro-Jazz outfit Nubiyan Twist. Complimentary drinks on arrival. Strictly by invitation only.

Guided walk

Coming soon

Simon Barnes wetland walk

London Wetland Centre, Barnes

Walk with Tortoise contributor, award winning author and nature enthusiast Simon Barnes on a guided tour of the London Wetland Centre. Bring your binoculars, wellies and a keen eye for a bird in this special Friends of Tortoise event.

Four memberships to gift to family and friends

Worth £400

Tortoise Quarterly, a short book of long reads, in glorious print

Worth £60

Some of our previous Friends of Tortoise events:

Private screening

Previous event

King Richard

Southbank Centre, Royal Festival Hall

Join us for the headline Gala Screening of King Richard at this year’s London Film Festival. King Richard tells the story of the father and coach of tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams. It is being held at the Southbank centre in London on 15 October and is out in UK cinemas on 19 November 2021. This is a special pre-release for Friends of Tortoises and a plus one. Hurry, there’s limited availability.

Private screening

Previous event

The French Dispatch

Odeon Covent Garden

Join Tortoise editors for a private preview screening of Wes Anderson’s latest movie The French Dispatch at Odeon Covent Garden. After the film, we’ll walk to 180 Strand to visit a set recreation exhibition, and there’s drinks at the 60s style French cafe. Do bring a friend.

Unlimited ThinkIns

Members get complimentary tickets to our live events with extraordinary experts and Tortoise editors. Previous experts include Tony Blair, Madeleine Albright and David Baddiel.

Investigative journalism from award-winning writers

We don’t cover every story, but take the time to reveal just one a week. Calm, clear reporting on the stories that matter most.

Early, ad-free access to all our podcasts

Our biggest stories, given voice. The Slow Newscast covers our big investigation of the week while our Editor’s Voicemail reveals what’s on co-founder James Harding’s mind.

Daily Sensemaker newsletter

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A thoughtful approach to the news. Highlighting the stories often lost under the fog of instant gratification and fake news claptrap.

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