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Conversation #5, 31st March / On Reading Becontree

Conversation #5
On Reading Becontree
31st March – Broadcast from 7 – 8.30, IRL from 6.30 – 9

Join members of the Living Together Reading Group in conversation with artist Verity-Jane Keefe and writer Daniel Trilling, who’s book Bloody Nasty People was a reading text for the group and turns 10 this year, looking at the rise of the right across East London and UK, with Becontree featuring then, and now.

The Living Together Reading Group was established in 2021 by Verity-Jane Keefe via an open call across Becontree and her networks. It comprises 15 members from Becontree, London, Essex, Kent, Istanbul, Australia and the Netherlands. Meeting online every other month, Keefe selected key texts that respond to the themes of Living Together and posted copies to the group, who would then meet online to discuss. Daniel Trilling’s book was the last text that we read and discussed together at the end of 2021.

“Conversation (noun)

A talk, especially an informal one, between two or more people, in which news and ideas are exchanged.”

A series of conversations in response to the themes of Living Together, Becontree and its centenary. The conversations will be blended, recorded in front of a live studio audience at Valence Library and streamed on LT TV.

You can watch online at: www.livingtogether.org.uk/tv

Daniel Trilling is an award-winning journalist and author who writes for the Guardian, London Review of Books and other publications. His first book, Bloody Nasty People: The Rise of Britain’s Far Right (Verso, 2012), was a reported history of the BNP that examined the causes, both local and national, of support for the far right. More recently, he is the author of Lights in the Distance: Exile and Refuge at the Borders of Europe (Picador, 2018), a portrait of the refugee crisis as seen through the eyes of the people at its epicentre.

Verity-Jane Keefe is a visual artist working predominantly in the public realm to explore the complex relationship between people and place. She is interested in the role and potential of the artist within urban regeneration. Working with moving image, text and installation to explore possible taxonomies of everyday life. She has a long term working relationship with Barking and Dagenham, making work for, about and with the borough since 2006 as well as across Outer London and internationally.