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Arts of the Working Class x Verso Books

The New Radical is an online series of conversations between Arts of the Working Class and contributing writers for Verso Books, discussing what the new radical means today. These will be available online and through Spotify and iTunes from 14 October.

Episode 1: Arts of the Working Class in conversation with Aaron Bastani

Aaron Bastani and Alina Kolar try to determine The New Radical between the news, fact and fiction. They examine voices that make up the realm of thinking and unthinking the main-stream and the grass-roots.

Aaron Bastani is co-founder and Senior Editor at Novara Media and has a doctorate from the University of London. His research interests include new media, social movements and political economy. He has written for Vice, the Guardian, the London Review of Books and the New York Times and regularly appears as a commentator on the BBC and Sky News. He is the author of Fully Automated Luxury Communism, out now in paperback with Verso.

Episode 2: Arts of the Working Class in conversation with Maya Goodfellow

Maya Goodfellow and Alina Kolar speak about the understanding of the word Radical in relation to Immigration and Borders, Affect and Effect of Time, with regards to the ongoing impact of the pandemic, and what is within and beyond our control.

Maya Goodfellow is a writer, researcher and academic. She has written for the New York Times, the Guardian, the New Statesman, Al Jazeera and the Independent. She received her PhD from SOAS, University of London and is a trustee of the Runnymede Trust. She is the author of Hostile Environment: How Immigrants Became Scapegoats, out now in paperback with Verso.


Episode 3: Arts of the Working Class in conversation with John Merrick

John Merrick and Alina Kolar discuss the history of The Radical Thinkers series from Verso. To reflect on how it enabled them to discover and engage with the ideas presented by favoured radical thinkers and the challenges of publishing at large.

John Merrick is a writer based in London, where he is an editor at Verso Books. He has had work published in New Left Review, Boston Review, TLS, Jacobin, Tribune, New Statesman, and elsewhere. He is currently writing a book about class, culture and the North of England.  

Verso Books is the largest independent, radical publishing house in the English-speaking world, publishing one hundred books a year.

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