Talking Liberties – Friday 15 May 2015

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Working-class, protesting poets gave themselves a voice through verse, performance and ‘zines. Join us a the British Library as a distinguished panel of poets, journalists and social commentators discuss Ranting’s origins and output.

The 1980s: it was all about Maggie Thatcher, the growth of individualism, privatisation, breaking the unions … or was it? Not according to the Ranting Poets — working-class, protesting poets inspired by punk and reggae who gave themselves a voice through brave new verse, performance and zines. These poets grabbed the notion of free speech for all and ran with it. Join music journalist Garry Bushell, poet and writer Salena Godden, columnist Suzanne Moore, Ranting Poet Tim Wells and cultural theorist Matthew Worley as they explore this energy-filled 80s phenomenon and its ongoing influence.

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Tickets £ 5 – book here | 6:30pm Friday 15 May | British Library Conference Centre, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB