Star line-up for Stand up for the Observer

A star-studded line-up has been finalised for the Stand up for The Observer event being held on Monday in London.

The public meeting is being held on the same night that the Scott Trust, which owns the Guardian and Observer titles, holds a preliminary meeting to disuss a range of cost-saving proposals which could include closing the Observer – which is the world’s oldest Sunday newspaper.

It is being organised by the National Union of Journalists, Press Gazette and Observer staff.

The event will be hosted by Observer columnist and comedian David Mitchell and will feature readings and speeches from a host of famous names associated with The Observer.

Former Observer journalist Katharine Whitehorne will attend and perform a reading of her famous 1963 Observer piece ‘Sluts”, about slovenly women, in which she identified herself with the term and caused a minor sensation.

Also speaking at the event will be philosopher AC Grayling, British Press Award-winning Observer film critic Philip French, former Observer editor Donald Trelford, film critic Barry Norman, journalist Victoria Coren, Press Gazette editor Dominic Ponsford and NUJ deputy general secretary Michelle Stanistreet.

Those attending will have the opportunity to sign a joint letter which will be handed over afterwards to the Scott Trust.

Stand up for The Observer is being held from 7pm on Monday night at the Friends Meeting House, Euston Road, London.

Those wishing to attend are asked to email pged@pressgazette.co.uk so that the organisers have a rough estimate of numbers.

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