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October 13, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

£8/£6.40, Festival Pass: FREE Utopias2

Thomas More was the first to name the idea that has captured the human imagination throughout history: that by imagining a better world is possible, we are empowered to create it. His Utopia, published five hundred years ago, presents an ideal society living on a fictitious island.

His work continues to inspire. In this special event we hear from two writers who have reflected on communities planned from scratch, to fulfil a cultural mission or appease a capitalist conscience – from Saltaire to Poundbury, Port Sunlight to Bournville. They share the dreams and delusions of their founders, and consider the future of utopian settlements in this country.

Gillian Darley is a writer, broadcaster, historian and architectural campaigner. Her iconic Villages of Vision: A Study of Strange Utopias is published by Five Leaves Publications.

Jacqueline Yallop is a historian and novelist. Her Dreamstreets: A Journey Through Britain’s Village Utopias was published to great acclaim earlier this year.

Sponsored by University of Wolverhampton

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October 13, 2016
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Birmingham Literature Festival


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