8:00pm to 9:30pm (Doors 7.15pm)
Admission: £8/£10 (door)
Suitable for ages 16+
Imagine a world without government, crime or pollution. Imagine a world where energy is free and cities feel like caring, sharing communities. Imagine a world where men finally take a back seat and women are in charge. A mad utopian pipe dream? Hippy nonsense? Or could it be achievable in our lifetime?
Join Host David Bramwell (BBC Radio 3/4 presenter and Sony award programme winner) and special guest Stevyn Colgan (BBC TV series QI and BBC Radio 4’s The Museum of Curiosity) for an evening of lively debate.
Through entertaining talks and contributions from the audience, David and Stevyn will challenge the popular notion that the world is destined to go to hell in a handcart, in favour of a more optimist vision for the future.
The Road to Utopia will re-invigorate your soul and send you home in the knowledge that it’s going to be ok after all (especially if you buy some books at the end).
Stevyn Colgan – Stevyn is an author, artist and popular public speaker. He’s one of the writers of the hugely successful BBC TV series QI and BBC Radio 4’s The Museum of Curiosity. In a previous career, he spent 30 years as a police officer in London during which he became involved in a small but potent revolution.He is passionate about creating a crime-free future. He is the author of ‘Why Did the Policeman Cross the Road?’
David Bramwell – After his partner left him for someone, ‘younger but more mature’, David embarked on a global adventure to learn how to live with others. He visited an anarchist community in Denmark, a futuristic city in the desert and found paradise in a Californian retreat, dreamt up by Aldous Huxley. Most fantastic if all was Damanhur in the Italian Alps, with an underground temple the size of St Paul’s Cathedral, and a ‘fully functioning time machine’. Along the way, David’s quest raise issues that best many of us. Why is depression rife amongst those who have wealth and freedom? Is getting what you want really utopia? And could alternative communities teach us a better way to live in both our relationships and our modern cities? This wry, self-deprecatingly funny and philosophical talk asks some big questions and finds the answers surprisingly simple.
‘David is a true philosopher, great journalist and excellent writer. He has gone where others only imagine trading, and the book is packed with gags, wisdom and pathos. It actually IS a must-read.’ – Tom Hodgkinson, The Idler