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New Model Island: Alex Niven and Dawn Foster in conversation
15th November 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm£5
Join Alex Niven and Dawn Foster to discuss Alex’s new book: New Model Island: How to Build a Radical Culture Beyond the Idea of England (Repeater Books).
“Looking for a new England? Alex Niven draws on our diverse identities to forge a radical vision of a once and future land.” — Billy Bragg
New Model Island is essential reading for those who want to critically understand “Englishness” and the twilight of England. Masterfully ranging across poetry, pop music, memoir, history and utopian conjecture, Alex Niven paints a perceptive picture of the continuities and contradictions of England today.
New Model Island encourages us to think about new ways of dividing up the British Isles without thoughtlessly recycling reactionary national myths of the past. Alex Niven argues energetically and convincingly for a progressive overhaul of culture, constitution and democracy for the British Isles — a dynamic regionalism of a socially-just “dream archipelago”.
Put simply: “we need to abandon England and start looking for a replacement.”
Alex Niven is a writer and editor from Northumberland. Currently lecturer in English at Newcastle University, his books include Folk Opposition and Definitely Maybe 33 1/3. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, Tribune, The New Statesman, The Independent, Pitchfork and LA Review of Books.
Dawn Foster is a Jacobin staff writer, and the author of Lean Out. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, Tribune, Huck Magazine, and The New Statesman, among others.