20171002_182413

IN CONVERSATION


COMING SOON As explained here, I decided to undertake a road-trip around the main part of the country in the autumn of 2017, enabling me to produce a variety of original, illustrative material for the project. In the event, just under forty conversations were recorded as part of it. Most were conducted during the thirty-six days of the road-trip, with a handful being completed by telephone subsequently. Just four or five were arranged in advance. Spontaneous conversations – or more precisely, conversations following chance encounters – tended to be of shorter duration on average, and varied from the briefest of in-street exchanges, to more in-depth discussions. Consent was sought and given by those involved. The collection includes conversations with senior academics – in economics, sustainable transport, sociology, and peace studies – two of whom are each the authors of one of the principal forty sources considered for the project; a number of other professionals including a senior teacher and trade unionist, a visiting American scientist, and one of the UK’s preeminent whistle-blowers; activists of all kinds including the Chair of CND; elected councillors, past and present; members of the Labour Party, the Momentum movement, the Green Party of England and Wales, the Socialist Workers Party, and Independents for Frome; workers – often encountered at work – in the private and public sectors; people who are homeless and who have been homeless; at least one retiree; and several students and young people. Almost all the conversations will be presented here, and for the most part, in their entirety. Transcriptions have now largely been completed. Audio files will be edited and posted in due course.

  • Nicholas Wilson, ‘Mr Ethical’ (Telephone. Hastings, South East England)
  • Alex Greene Mature Postgraduate Student (Telephone. Canterbury, South East England)
  • Professor Andrew Sayer, Lancaster University (Telephone. Lancaster, North West England)
  • Professor John Whitelegg, Liverpool John Moores University (Telephone. Church Stretton, the West Midlands)
  • Benjamin, Student (In Person. Brighton, South East England)
  • Aaron, Freelance Journalist (In Person. Canterbury, South East England)
  • Lucy, Holly & Sarah, Fenwick Limited (In Person. Canterbury, South East England)
  • Rachel & Nilam, We Make Change (In Street. The South Bank, London)
  • Tia, Jamaica Blue, Foodco Group Pty Ltd (In Person. Chelmsford, the East of England)
  • Simone, Homeless (In Person. Cambridge, the East of England)
  • Dave Welsh, NOR4NOR (In Street. Norwich, the East of England)
  • Scarlett (In Person. Norwich, the East of England)
  • Emma & Steve (In Person. Waddington, the East Midlands)
  • Sandra, Nottingham City Council (In Street. Nottingham, the East Midlands)
  • Dr Martin Hemingway, Green Party England & Wales,  and Professor Dave Webb, Chair, CND (In Person. Leeds, Yorkshire & the Humber)
  • Ed Carlisle, Church of the Holy Spirit (In Person. Leeds, Yorkshire & the Humber)
  • Vinny, Zoo Skate Park (In Street. York, Yorkshire & the Humber)
  • Nick, Unicef (In Street. Scarborough, Yorkshire & the Humber)
  • Helen, The Monk’s Haven (In Person. Whitby, Yorkshire & the Humber)
  • Phil, North East Organic Growers (In Street. Bedlington, North East England)
  • Gordon (In Person. Girvan, Scotland)
  • Louise Kennedy, Women’s Aid (In Street. Belfast, Northern Ireland)
  • Bronagh & Eleni, Derry Visitor Information Centre (In Person. Derry, Northern Ireland)
  • Becky, Lancashire Nanners (In Person. Fylde, North West England)
  • Asif, Drive for Justice (In Street. Manchester, North West England)
  • Kashif, Ahmaddiyya Muslim Association (In Street. Manchester, North West England)
  • Chief (In Street. Birmingham, the West Midlands)
  • Victoria, Suqqu (In Person. Birmingham, the West Midlands)
  • Sam (In Person. Stratford-upon-Avon, the West Midlands)
  • Doug (In Street. Shrewsbury, the West Midlands)
  • Diane, Ysbyty Gwynedd (In Person. Bangor, Wales)
  • Sam, Rebound (In Street. Cardiff, Wales)
  • Chris Nelms, Riverside Refugee Community Kitchen (In Street. Cardiff, Wales)
  • Diane, NosDa Hostel & Bar  (In Person. Cardiff, Wales)
  •  Anne Lemon, Executive Member, National Education Union (In Street. Bristol, South West England)
  • Dr Yannis Dafermos, University of the West of England (In Person. Stoke Gifford, South West England)
  • Cllr Peter Macfadyen and Cllr Sheila Gore, Mayor of Frome (In Person. Frome, South West England)

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