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  • Date and time: Monday 12 June 2023, 8pm to 9pm
  • Location: In-person only
    Ron Cooke Hub, Campus East, University of York (Map)
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

How did England’s North become a place of lost potential and broken dreams? And what can be done to make it one of the most dynamic and forward-looking places in the world once again?

Join writer Alex Niven for an in-depth exploration of the importance of the North of England in the modern era.

Telling the story of the North in the last few decades, Alex - a native Northerner himself - will go in search of answers to some of the big questions at the forefront of British politics and society today, touching on issues including the North/South divide, austerity, the impact of Brexit and the collapse of Labour’s ‘Red Wall’. 

Come along for an exploration of these important and highly topical issues.

Book sales

You can buy copies of many of our speakers’ books from Fox Lane Books, a local independent bookseller and Festival partner. In some cases, author signed bookplates are available too.

About the speaker

Alex Niven is a writer from the north-east of England. He regularly writes for the Guardian, Tribune and New Statesman, and has also contributed to publications including The New York Times, The Independent, Pitchfork, The Face and VICE. He has authored multiple books and currently also works as a Lecturer in English Literature at Newcastle University.

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University of York

Venue details

  • Wheelchair accessible