Join us for an evening in celebration of John Berger, and the release of A Jar of Wild Flowers, a cross-cultural collection of essays and conversations with Berger from thirty of his friends, artistic collaborators, and followers, including Ali Smith, Julie Christie, Sally Potter, Ram Rahman, Hsiao-Hung Pai and many others.
For decades John Berger has brought together disparate subjects through his poetic humanism. His work – be it through stories, poetry, drawing or essays – challenges us all to take the brave step from limited sympathy to real, extended generosity, opening up radical questions about the meaning of belonging and of community. We will be hearing from Tessa McWatt, Nirmal Puwar and Tom Overton, who will reflect on Berger’s life and work.
Tessa McWatt is a novelist, Reader in Creative Writing at the University of East London and contributor to A Jar of Wild Flowers.
Nirmal Puwar is Reader in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London and contributor to A Jar of Wild Flowers.
Tom Overton catalogued John Berger’s archive at the British Library, and edited Portraits: John Berger on Artists and Landscapes: John Berger on Art. He has also curated exhibitions at the Whitechapel Gallery and Somerset House, and is writing Berger’s biography.
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