For a nation that brought the world Chartism, the Suffragettes, the Tolpuddle Martyrs, and so many other grassroots social movements, Britain rarely celebrates its long, great tradition of people power.
In this timely and evocative collection, twenty authors have assembled to re-imagine key moments of British protest, from the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381 to the anti-Iraq War demo of 2003. Written in close consultation with historians, sociologists and eyewitnesses – who also contribute afterwords – these stories follow fictional characters caught up in real-life struggles, offering a streetlevel perspective on the noble art of resistance.
In the age of fake news and post-truth politics this book fights fiction with (well researched, historically accurate) fiction.
Protests include the Peasants Revolt, Poll Tax Riots, Anti-Iraq War Demo and many more...
Sandra Alland is an Edinburgh-based Scottish-Canadian writer, interdisciplinary artist, small press publisher, performer, filmmaker and curator. Martyn Bedford is a British author. He writes novels for adults and teenagers and teaches creative writing. KateClanchy works as a teacher, journalist and freelance writer. David Constantine worked for thirty years as a university teacher of German language and literature. Frank Cottrell-Boyce is known for his children's fiction and for his collaborations with film director Michael Winterbottom. Kit de Waal's debut novel, My Name is Leon, is a Times and international bestseller, and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year and the Desmond Elliott Prize. Stuart Evers's first book, Ten Stories About Smoking, was published by Picador in 2011 and won The London Book Award. Sara Maitland is a British writer and feminist. An accomplished novelist, she is also known for her short stories. Joanna Quinn is studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London. Francesca Rhydderch's debut novel, The Rice Paper Diaries, was longlisted for the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award and won the Wales Book of the Year Fiction Prize 2014. Jacob Ross is a novelist, short story writer, editor and creative writing tutor and winner of the inaugural Jhalak Prize. Matthew Holness was the creator and star of two Channel 4 comedy shows - Garth Marenghi's Darkplace and Man to Man With Dean Learner. Juliet Jacques is a writer, journalist and critic based in London and her book Trans: A Memoir was runner-up in Polari LGBT Literary Salon s First Book Award for 2016. Maggie Gee Maggie Gee is the author of 14 books including The White Family, My Cleaner and My Driver and she is a Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Liverpool-born author Alexei Sayle is a comedian (with numerous TV appearances to his credit, including The Young Ones and Comic Strip in the 80s), novelist and a short story writer. Holly Pester is a poet, writer and researcher. Courttia Newland is the author of seven books. His latest, The Gospel According to Cane, was published in 2013. Laura Hird is a Scottish novelist and short story writer. Martyn Bedford is the award-winning author of five novels for adults and two for young adults and he is currently a senior lecturer in creative writing at Leeds Trinity University. Michelle Green is a British-Canadian writer and spoken word artist. Her debut short story collection, Jebel Marra (Comma Press, 2015) was nominated for a number of national and international awards, and she is now working on her second collection, an audio and digital short story map of Hayling Island. Andy Hedgecock is a freelance writer, researcher and trainer. Andy was co-editor (fiction) of Interzone, Britain s longest-running British sf magazine, from 2006 to 2016.
The driving motors behind many of these changes will be artificial life (A-Life) and unconventional computing. How exactly they will impact on our world is still an open question. But in the spirit of collective intelligence, this anthology brings together 38 scientists and authors, working in pairs, to imagine what life (and A-Life) will look like in the year 2070. Every kind of technology is imagined: from lie-detection glasses to military swarmbots, brain-interfacing implants to synthetically ‘grown’ skyscrapers, revolution-inciting computer games to synthetically engineered haute cuisine. All artificial life is here.
Featuring scientific contributions from: Martyn Amos, J. Mark Bishop, Seth Bullock, Stephen Dunne, James Dyke, Christian Jantzen, Francesco Mondada, James D. O'Shea, Andrew Philippides, Lenka Pitonakova, Steen Rasmussen, Thomas S. Ray, Micah Rosenkind, James Snowdon, Susan Stepney, Germán Terrazas, Andrew Vardy and Alan Winfield.
Supported by TRUCE (Training and Research in Unconventional Computation in Europe).
How will storytelling respond to this new and emerging science of sleep? Here, 14 authors have been invited to work with key scientists to explore various aspects of sleep research: from the possibilities of ‘sleep engineering’ and ‘overnight therapies’, to future-tech ways of harnessing sleep’s problem-solving powers, to the challenges posed by our increasingly 24-hour lifestyles. Just as new hypotheses are being put forward, old hunches are also being confirmed (there’s now a scientific basis for the time-worn advice ‘to sleep on a problem’). As these responses show, sleep and the spinning of stories are still very much entwined.
Featuring scientific contributions from: Prof Russell G. Foster, Isabel Hutchison, Dr. Simon Kyle, Dr. Penny Lewis, Dr. Paul Reading, Stephanie Romiszewski, Prof Robert Stickgold, Prof Manuel Schabus, Prof Ed Watkins, Prof Adam Zeman, Dr. Thomas Wehr.
This project was supported by the Wellcome Trust.
This anthology draws out and distils science's love of narrative from a wide range of scientific disciplines, weaving theory into very human stories, and delving into the humanity of theorists and experimenters as they stood on the brink of momentous discoveries: from Joseph Swan's original light-bulb moment to the uncovering of mirror neurons lighting up empathy zones in the human brain; from Einstein's revelation on a Bern tram, to Pavlov's identification of personality types thanks to a freak flood in his St Petersburg lab.
Each story has been written in close consultation with scientists and historians and is accompanied by a specially written afterword, expanding on the science for the general reader. Together, they bring vividly to life the stories behind the 'eureka!' moments that changed the way we live, forever.