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Book launch with Jay Griffiths

Sunday, May 16th 2021

Book launch, signing and discussion with of local author, Jay Griffiths new book Why Rebel published by Penguin.

In conjunction with The Great Oak Bookshop, Llanidloes

Why rebel?
Because our footprint on the Earth has never mattered more than now. How we treat it, in the spirit of gift or of theft, has never been more important.
Because we need a politics of kindness, but the very opposite is on the rise. Libertarian fascism, with its triumphal brutalism, its racism and misogyny – a politics that loathes the living world.
Because nature is not a hobby. It is the life on which we depend, as Indigenous societies have never forgotten.
Only when it is dark enough can you see the stars, and they are lining up now to write rebellion across the skies.

"Before making headlines with her Extinction Rebellion court case speech in 2020, Jay Griffiths spent decades trying to change the narrative around climate change. It is just one aspect of a visionary writing career." (Penguin)

Jay has written for the Guardian's comment pages and feature pages. She is a regular columnist for Orion Magazine and has written frequently for The Idler. She has also written about wild skating for Lapham’s Quarterly, and has contributed to The Observer, the Ecologist, the London Review of Books, the Utne Reader, Wild Earth and Dark Mountain. She has broadcast widely on BBC radio, including Start the Week and Woman’s Hour, and the World Service, and has several times been a guest on Phillip Adams’ Late Night Live in Australia. She has written for peer-reviewed academic publication and for the British Council.

Radiohead invited Jay Griffiths to write for their newspaper The Universal Sigh.

"At this desperate moment in human history, Why Rebel is surely part of the wake-up call we need." (Prof. Rupert Read)

"There's a book called Life and Fate and in it, it says that when surrounded by death and destruction the most human thing to do is to engage in an act of kindness. Jay's book is such an act. (Roger Hallam, Guardian Bookshop)

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