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The Art of Speechcraft

The Art of Speechcraft

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Tortoise Lates: Power and the Press

An evening of conversations exploring the interplay of power, politics and the press. Hear untold war stories, behind-the-scenes gossip and insightful revelations from inside the “dark arts” of reputation management and political communications. 

Mark Twain is believed to have said that the best impromptu speeches take more than three weeks to prepare. And the past few weeks has been a busy time for landmark speeches – the old prime minister, the new prime minister and the new monarch. How are these historic speeches, that will be watched, rewatched and analysed for decades to come, crafted? 

Master speechwriter Phil Collins – who has written for Tony Blair and Keir Starmer – takes us inside his process to reveal the message inside the rhetoric. We’ll hear stories of great speeches mangled by poor delivery, what makes a great soundbite, and how to say something without actually saying it. 

editor and invited experts

Matthew d’Ancona

Phil Collins
British journalist & Speechwriter