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Lecture, Thu 5 Mar 2020

Jess Phillips

Jess Phillips

Jess Phillips


Powerful, moving and uncompromising, Truth to Power is an incredible collection of interviews with exceptional people who spoke out at a time when the world wasn’t listening.

Truth to Power book cover

Truth to Power

Speaking truth to power takes courage. Jess Phillips shows you how to identify the problem, form a plan, and to speak out using the exact same tools that those who have been put on a pedestal of being ‘brave’ have used to deal with the fear, the conflict and – let’s be honest – the awkwardness that can come from telling your boss, your family, your neighbour that something is bullsh*t.

As well as offering inspiration and hope from her own experiences Jess talks to high-profile people on the world stage including Harvey Weinstein’s former PA, a Grenfell Tower survivor, a campaigner for Irish Abortion Rights, and more, who have been brave enough to risk everything, become whistle-blowers and successfully fight back.

Truth to Power will help you change things. It will help you slam down that manager in the office you have tolerated for years; or tell your mate that you hate the way they talk about your husband or wife. It will help call out bullies in all walks of life. It will help you rally support and fight the fight against injustice – even though the odds seem stacked against you.

Jess Phillips is a Labour Party politician and MP for Birmingham Yardley since 2015.

“There’s nobody else at Westminster quite like Jess Phillips. She is fearless and funny, riotous and rebellious, maverick and mischievous.” Saturday Times

“Jess Phillips is a heroine” JK Rowling

For more information follow Jess on Twitter @jessphillips and visit her website:

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Dates Times
Thu 5 Mar 2020 19:00


£8 concessions (27 years and under)


Essex Book Festival


Wivenhoe Park,


See location of University of Essex: Colchester Campus on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TM 027238  Lat: 51.87590 Long: 0.94333

By Public Transport:
From Colchester Bus Station or Colchester North Station bus 61, 62, 74, 76, 78 go regularly to the University.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 4 miles from Colchester Town station


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