Beyond England: Regionalism Reloaded
Join Alex Niven and Sarah Weston to discuss the problem of “Englishness” and England. In a discussion ranging across culture and politics, Niven will place modern Englishness as a relatively recent phenomenon emerging alongside the neoliberal advance of Thatcher and Blair — and the temporary defeat of socialism.
Drawing on the themes of his new book New Model Island, Niven will argue for a left revival in a renovated model 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 Independent, Pitchfork and LA Review of Books.
Sarah Weston is a playwright and theatre practitioner based in Manchester who works in community settings. She is one of the founders of Salford Community Theatre and also a lecturer at the University of Bolton.
This talk is the final event in our series ‘From Here to Socialism’. See the Manchester Momentum Facebook page for more details.