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Utopia Edited by Ross Bradshaw

Utopia Edited by Ross Bradshaw

The second annual themed compendium of writing by Five Leaves’ authors and friends.

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The second annual themed compendium of writing by Five Leaves’ authors and friends. The first, Maps, received positive reviews in The Guardian and Time Out, and sold out twice in its first three months.


Paul Barker was the editor of New Society from 1968-86. In his series “the other Britain” he wrote about the utopian village of New Lanark.
Marie Louise Berneri’s essay was first published in Journey Through Utopia in 1950, one year after her untimely death. She had been joint editor of Freedom.
Will Buckingham’s latest book is Introducing Happiness: a practical guide (Icon Books). He also gives talks on the Moomins and Philosophy.
Jeff Cloves lives close to Whiteway, near Stroud, a famed anarchist colony. In 2011 he organised a festival celebrating the Spanish poet Federico García Lorca.
Gillian Darley is the author of Villages of Vision. Her other books include biographies of Sir John Soane and Octavia Hill. Her most recent book is Vesuvius.
Dennis Hardy writes about liveable cities, the subject of his current research. His books include Alternative Communities in Nineteenth Century England.
Pippa Hennessy attempts to live as we should live, and bring her family up likewise. It is not easy. Pippa works at Five Leaves and writes poetry and fiction.
Ian Clayton lives in Featherstone. A broadcaster, writer and storyteller, his memoir about music, Bringing It All Back Home, is an indie press best-seller.
Haywire Mac claimed to be the author of The Big Rock Candy Mountain, a hobo tune. Some think it “traditional”.
Mike Marqusee asks us not to fear utopian thinking. He is the author of books on cricket, Bob Dylan, Muhammad Ali and If I Am Not For Myself: journey of an anti-Zionist Jew.
John Lucas wonders if New Zealand is the nearest we’ll get to utopia. His books include the Dolmen Prize winner, 92 Achernon Street.
Karen Maitland first researched the mediaeval women’s communities, the Beguines, for her novel The Owl Killers.
William Morris needs no introduction…
Chris Moss visits Patagonia, home to many utopian experiments. He is the travel and books editor of Time Out.
Deirdre O’Byrne looks at Marge Piercy’s feminist utopia.
Deirdre teaches Irish and English literature at Loughborough University.
John Payne’s latest book is a Signal city guide to Bath. Here he writes about the debates during the English Civil War.
Mike Pentelow and Peter Arkill draw on their book A Pub Crawl through History to look at pubs and pub signs connected to utopian pioneers.
Peter Preston was very active, for many years, in the William Morris Society. His other big love was DH Lawrence.
Andy Rigby looks back on communes. His 1970s book Communes in Britain was well known in its day. He taught at Bradford University School of Peace Studies.
David Rosenberg writes about the Bund, the pre-War Jewish socialist organisation in Poland. He is the author of Battle for the East End: Jewish responses to fascism in the 1930s.
Leon Rosselson’s songs include this one on William Morris, and the Billy Bragg hit The World Turned Upside Down, also the title of his 4-CD boxed set from Fuse/PM.
J. David Simons lived on a kibbutz in the 70s and 80s. He is following The Credit Draper and The Liberation of Celia Kahn with a novel set in British Mandate Palestine.
Paul Summers’ latest poetry collection is union. He currently lives in Australia. When in his native North East he founded the magazines Billy Liar and Liar Republic.
Mandy Vere has been at News from Nowhere Bookshop since 1976 and imagines she will eventually be carried out.
Colin Ward was the major chronicler of the unofficial landscape. His books covered squatting, allotments, the water crisis, the plotlands of the South East, transport and anarchy.
Ken Worpole has written on Essex before, in 350 Miles – an Essex Journey. His other books are on the hospice movement, town planning, and graveyard art.

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