Tory austerity has created suffering for millions, as well a generation beset with financial insecurity and crisis. Yet our TV, film, music, art and literature have never looked so rich, or so posh. During a period of immense struggle, the experiences of the majority have been pushed to the margins of our collective culture by the legacy media and its satellite industries – making it hard, if not impossible, to challenge those in power. Steal as Much as You Can is the story of how this happened, exploring the rise of affluence in mainstream storytelling, and the corrosive effects of neoliberal and postmodern culture.
Henry Palmer grew up in the ward of Easton between 1998-2010. Back then, the European Commission classed it one of the most deprived wards in the south west of England. When returning to Bristol in 2016, however, Henry was shocked to hear his old area being described as ‘up-and-coming’. Exploring why and what this meant led him to write a book on the gentrification of Bristol. The book explores its financial and cultural consequences, points to real culprits deserving of our focus, and puts forth solutions in the form of Central government policy change and the need for understanding.
The Bristol Cable welcomes author D Hunter to present his book “Chav Solidarity” – “part autobiography, part meditation on trauma, class and identity, part one finger salute into the face of respectability politics, but mostly an articulation of the contradictory heart of Chavvy sh*t heads across the U.K”. Hunter will read excerpts from the book, as well as discussing it’s origins and surrounding issues. This will be followed by a question and answer session and open discussion regarding the issues raised in the book.
A different kind of politics for a new kind of society—beyond work, scarcity and capitalism. In Fully Automated Luxury Communism, Aaron Bastani conjures a vision of extraordinary hope, showing how we move to energy abundance, feed a world of 9 billion, overcome work, transcend the limits of biology, and establish meaningful freedom for everyone. Rather than a final destination, such a society merely heralds the real beginning of history.