Georgina Godwin

Georgina Godwin


Georgina Godwin was born and brought up in Zimbabwe where she became very well known for her work in the Zimbabwean media as a prime time host on radio and television and a columnist and features writer in the local press. She was one of the founders of the Harare International Festival of the Arts, now the largest multi-disciplinary festival in Africa.

After a successful court challenge of the state broadcasting monopoly, Georgina was part of the team which started Zimbabwe’s first independent radio station. This was shut soon after by Presidential decree and the boots and rifle butts of the Police. The broadcasters were declared Enemies of the State and relocated to London where they continued to broadcast to Zimbabwe, this time on short wave.

After 3 years of producing and presenting the news on the station, Georgina went freelance, working extensively in the British media, briefing and contributing information about the Zimbabwe crisis, appearing on and producing many television and radio documentaries. She is one of the first ports of call for media organisations needing an update on Southern Africa or an appropriate Zimbabwean individual to interview. She has now diversified into more mainstream media and can often be heard presenting on radio, commenting on television or chairing live events.

Georgina is an experienced arts and culture interviewer, recording conversations with people in the creative industries for a diverse range of media outlets. She is also a skilled voice over artist. Though freelance, the majority of her work is for Monocle 24 , the online arm of Monocle magazine. Georgina is Books Editor for the station, and her interviews with authors, publishers and festival organisers are broadcast during “The Weekend Edition”, the vibrant and topical magazine and music show she hosts every Saturday.

Currently, Georgina also anchors “The Globalist” several times a week, a current affairs programme examining big news and business stories setting the agenda in Europe, and at the other end of the day, is a frequent presenter of “The Monocle Daily” which carries stories relevant to Australasia.

15:30 – 16:30 You Will Be Safe Here – Damian Barr

Walter MacFarlane Stage

Award-winning writer, columnist and salonnière Damian Barr discusses his much anticipated debut novel You Will be Safe Here with author and journalist Georgina Godwin. ‘This would be an achievement for a third or fourth novel; for a first, it’s an astonishing one. Barr’s handling of his bravely chosen material – the conjoined shames of British and […]


17:00 – 18:00 How to Produce Comedy Bronze – Jon Plowman & Reece Shearsmith

Alexander McKenzie Stage

Reece Shearsmith – actor, writer, comedian and star of the legendary The League of Gentlemen  – joins the producer Jon Plowman in How to Produce Comedy Bronze – a riotous trip behind the best British TV comedy of the last quarter century. Among his many roles, Reece is renowned for writing and starring in The League of […]