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In conversation with Tim Burrows

Writer Tim Burrows, who sets the scene for the recently published Radical ESSEX by authoring the introduction will in conversation with Hayley Dixon, c0-editor of Radical ESSEX and Interim Director at Focal Point Gallery, as part of Barking and Dagenham’s Readfest.

Tim’s chapter speaks of how Essex, trapped between the city and the longest coastline in England, became a form of an escape, a testing ground for experimental ways of living, and a place where new artistic practices could develop and thrive. Examples include include Tolstoyan communes, the anarchist-pacifist open house Dial House, founded by members of the punk band Crass, and the religious retreat of Othona Community. Siting on the London-Essex border, simultaneously part of both, Barking and Dagenham is a gateway to the county, this talk will delve further into the role the borough plays as a hinterland to the unknown.

This event takes place at Dagenham Library, is free, and all are welcome. Please book your place here


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Radical Essex is a project re-examining the county in relation to radicalism in thought, lifestyle, politics and architecture. A programme of events will take place across Essex throughout 2016 and 2017, shedding light on the vibrant, pioneering thinking of the late 19th and 20th centuries. The project will celebrate the crucial role Essex has played in the history of British Modernism and its utopian ideologies under the themes ‘The Modernist County’ and ‘Arcadia for All’.

The Radical Essex site is designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio and Alex Rich, developed by Twelve.

Radical Essex is led by Focal Point Gallery in collaboration with Visit Essex and Firstsite. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England it forms part of the country wide Cultural Destinations programme, a partnership with VisitEngland, supporting arts organisations to work with the tourism sector to deliver projects that maximise the impact culture has on local economies.

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