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Clear Bright Future: Paul Mason with Mary Ann Sieghart

Join us for an evening with the award-winning writer, broadcaster, and film-maker Paul Mason as he discusses his new work, Clear Bright Future.

In Clear Bright Future, Paul Mason calls for a radical, impassioned defence of the human being, our universal rights and freedoms and our power to change the world around us. Ranging from economics to Big Data, from neuroscience to the culture wars, he draws from his on-the-ground reporting from mass protests in Istanbul to riots in Washington, as well as his own childhood in an English mining community, to show how the notion of humanity has become eroded as never before. He argues that we are still capable – through language, innovation and co-operation – of shaping our future.

Paul will be in conversation with the journalist and broadcaster Mary Ann Sieghart. Mary Ann is currently a Visiting Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, writing a book about why we don’t accord as much authority to women as to men. For nearly 20 years, Mary Ann was Assistant Editor and political columnist for The Times. On radio and TV, she has presented programmes including Start the Week, Newshour and The Week in Westminster, and has made numerous guest appearances on shows such as Question Time, Any Questions, Newsnight, Today & The Andrew Marr Show.

Paul Mason is doing something remarkable in this book, though it shouldn’t be remarkable: he’s focusing on the nature of being human, and how this is affected for better or worse by social, economic, and political forces that might seem overwhelming. It’s the best analysis of neo-liberalism that I’ve seen for a long time, and puts our lives in a richly described context. Best of all, it’s written with clarity  and passion. I hope it’ll change many minds.   –Philip Pullman

Don’t miss what is sure to be a fascinating conversation between Paul and Mary Ann about this passionate defence of humanity and work of radical optimism.

Location: Dulwich Books, 6 Croxted Road, West Dulwich, London SE21 8SW

Date: 23rd May 2019

Time: The event will start promptly at 19.00 and finish by 20.30

Tickets: £10 (admission) or £25 (admission + copy of Clear Bright Future)

Please note that refunds are not available except when an event sells out.

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