When Ian began to teach at Birmingham City University in 2006, almost immediately something began to trouble him. His students, and even some of his colleagues, showed a puzzling ignorance of a large swath of recent British history.
The Oz trials, the Battle of the Beanfield, Swampy, Greenham Common, RD Laing, the I Ching, Crass, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance; all these things, so fundamental to Marchant’s understanding of the world, elicited nothing more than a baffled “huh?” from anyone under the age of 40.
Which is why, to give the book its full subtitle, he decided to write A Hero for High Times: A Younger Reader’s Guide to the Beats, Hippies, Freaks, Punks, Ravers, New-Age Travellers and Dog-on-a-Rope Brew Crew Crusties of the British Isles, 1956-1994 (and dedicate it to his granddaughters.)
Delectable cultural historian Travis Elborough will be in conversation with Ian.
Get a signed copy for Father’s Day or rather, Grandfather’s Day!
At a symposium on the subject of Looney Tunes cartoons, a lecturer takes to the stage and begins an analysis of The Hunting Trilogy. This series of Chuck Jones shorts features Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd, and their ongoing argument as to whether it is currently Duck Season or Rabbit Season.
Pronoun Trouble is a lecture about lectures, the intricacies of passion, and how we should be there for each other.
First performed at The 2017 Port Eliot Festival it has been described as hilarious, clever, surreal and very very silly.
Kerry Andrew is a south London based musician and writer. She has a PhD in Composition and has won four British Composer Awards. As a composer, she specialises in experimental vocal and choral music, music-theatre and community music. She performs with award-winning Juice Vocal Ensemble and with her alt-folk band You Are Wolf. Swansong is her debut novel and she joins
Zoe Gilbert in an evening of Folkloric inspiration.
Zoe’s first novel, Folk, was published in February 2018. She is the winner of the Costa Short Story Award and her short fiction has been published in journals and anthologies worldwide. She is completing a PhD on the folk tale in fiction, and is the co-founder of London Lit Lab. Tickets £3.
26 Indie bookshops are joining forces to celebrate the recent explosion in Feminist publishing. Come join prodigious author Zoe Fairbairns, Virago publisher Sarah Savitt, Bookseller Crow’s Karen McLeod and book editor Annie Pike to discuss forgotten histories, feminist books, publishing, bookselling and why Feminism is such a hot potato.