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Art Lovers Book Club with Nick Hayes


11 November 2020

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Venue Leeds Art Gallery

Tags Activity, Adult, Event, Talk,

This event will be hosted via Zoom and booking is essential. Please book via Ticketsource.

Join us for our virtual book club in partnership with Leeds Libraries and as part of the Thought Bubble Festival. The Art Lovers Book Club brings thought provoking books chosen for you by artists. November’s Book Club has been specially chosen to relate to the current exhibition at Leeds Art Gallery Natural Encounters. The author, illustrator and political cartoonist Nick Hayes will be speaking about his new book The Book of Trespass.

Limited free copies available to download here Via Leeds Libraries e book service  BorrowBox Just Log in with your library card number (LDP********) and PIN.

About the Book of Trespass

‘Brilliant, passionate and political . . . The Book of Trespass will make you see landscapes differently’ Robert Macfarlane

‘A remarkable and truly radical work, loaded with resonant truths’ George Monbiot

The vast majority of our country is entirely unknown to us because we are banned from setting foot on it. By law of trespass, we are excluded from 92 per cent of the land and 97 per cent of its waterways, blocked by walls whose legitimacy is rarely questioned. But behind them lies a story of enclosure, exploitation and dispossession of public rights whose effects last to this day.

The Book of Trespass takes us on a journey over the walls of England, into the thousands of square miles of rivers, woodland, lakes and meadows that are blocked from public access. By trespassing the land of the media magnates, Lords, politicians and private corporations that own England, Nick Hayes argues that the root of social inequality is the uneven distribution of land.

Weaving together the stories of poachers, vagabonds, gypsies, witches, hippies, ravers, ramblers, migrants and protestors, and charting acts of civil disobedience that challenge orthodox power at its heart, The Book of Trespass will transform the way you see the land.

About the author and illustrator Nick Hayes

Nick Hayes has published four highly acclaimed graphic novels with Jonathan Cape, including The Rime of the Modern Mariner, Woody Guthrie and the Dust Bowl Ballads and Cormorance. Each one in separate ways focuses on mankind’s relationship with the environment.

As an illustrator he has produced numerous book covers including that for Lark by Anthony McGowan, which won the Carnegie Medal in 2020. He is also a printmaker and political cartoonist for the Guardian and New Statesman.

If you require any further information about Art Lovers Book Club then please contact [email protected]

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