James Meek

James Meek

How Do We Leave the Old Britain Behind and Build a New Country?

Coleridge Series/
Mon 11 March 2019
19:00-20:00
Waterstones
Price: £8/ £6

James Meek

How Do We Leave the Old Britain Behind and Build a New Country?

James Meek
Mon 11 March 2019,
19:00-20:00
Waterstones
Price: £8/ £6

In March 2019, the UK will leave the EU, facing an unpredictable future. Since the referendum in 2016, the nation has been split by continuing debates over whether to leave or remain – and on what terms. Over the last few years, award-winning journalist James Meek has been searching for the stories and consequences of this rupture.

What can we recover from the debris of an old nation as we head towards new horizons? What must we leave behind? There aren’t any easy answers that will satisfy Brexiteers or Remainers. Instead, he paints a portrait of an anxious nation and offers a dissection of the stories we tell ourselves to make sense of the present moment.

His new book – Meek has been called ‘the George Orwell of our times’ – Dreams of Leaving and Remaining, is a report from the front line of the crisis we are living through.

This event is part of our annual Coleridge Series, inspired by Coleridge’s wide-ranging and radical lectures in Bristol in the 1790s.

How to Book/

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