An Evening with Owen Hatherley: The Ministry of Nostalgia

Author and Journalist Owen Hatherley discusses The Ministry of Nostalgia his ‘brilliant polemical rampage, showing how our past is being resold in order to defend the indefensible.’ (The Guardian) Fed up with being told ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’? Then keep calm and get your tickets for this unmissable event ! In partnership with Waterstones Liverpool, Writing on the Wall presents an in-conversation event with Owen Hatherley discussing his latest work The Ministry of Nostalgia, exploring the theme of our past being resold in order to defend the indefensible. From the marketing of a 'make do and mend' aesthetic, to the growing nostalgia for a utopian past that never existed, Hatherley will discuss a cultural distraction scam that prevents people from grasping the truth of their condition. The Ministry of Nostalgia explodes the creation of a false history: a rewriting of the austerity of the 1940s and 1950s which saw the development of a welfare state while the nation crawled out of the devastations of war. This period has been recast to explain and offer consolation for the violence of neoliberalism, an ideology dedicated to the privatisation of our common wealth. Will Self says he is a “brave, incisive, elegant and erudite writer, whose books dissect the contemporary built environment to reveal the political fantasies and social realities it embodies.” Owen Hatheley has written several books and writes regularly on cultural politics in the Guardian, The London Review of Books and New Humanist.

Venue: Waterstones Liverpool ONE, 12 College Lane, L1 3DL
Date: Tuesday 3rd May
Time: 6.30pm
Tickets: £4/2 BUY TICKETS HERE

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