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Unfortunately, we need to postpone this event till the autumn due to Covid.

It is of the deepest importance to try and determine what England is, before guessing what part England can play in the huge events that are happening."

George Orwell

Jason Cowley will be in conversation with Professor Helen Thompson about his new book Who Are We Now? Stories of Modern England (Picador), which explores what Orwell called the "social atmosphere" of the country over the last 25 years, from the election of Tony Blair to the pandemic.  They will discuss the rise and fall of New Labour, the financial crisis and its effects, Scottish independence, Corbynism, Brexit, the future of the Union as well as the pandemic and its aftermath. And they will ask, what is England and who are the English in an era of division and polarisation? 

Jason Cowley is a journalist, magazine editor and writer. He has been widely credited with transforming the fortunes of the New Statesman, both as a magazine and website. In 2020 he was voted Editor of the Year (Politics and Current Affairs) for the fourth time at the British Society of Magazine Editors Awards. 

Helen Thompson is Professor of Political Economy at Cambridge. Her most recent book Disorder. Hard times in the 21st century (Oxford University Press) has just been published to general acclaim.


Wednesday, 25 May, 2022 - 17:30 to 19:00
Event location: 
Room SG2, Alison Richard Building (POLIS), Cambridge, CB3 9DP

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