This Town: Working Class Cultures on TV

Just 8% of people in film and TV identify as being from a working-class background. Can better, more nuanced representation on screen help? Kenn Taylor on Stephen Knight’s This Town… Dante (Levi Brown)...

Thy Race is Run – Apocalypse Now?

Why are we so drawn, perhaps increasingly so, to visions of the apocalypse? Mike Pinnington, via a variety of mediums – from poetry to gaming – interrogates our seemingly endless appetite for the end…  “We...

S is for Science Fiction

“Genre boundaries are constantly shifting and being challenged.” Mike Pinnington asks: what is science fiction? What is Science Fiction? My response to this is that I know it when I see it (or,...

Introducing: Science Fiction Collections Curator Thomas Dillon

Thomas Dillon, Science Fiction Collections Curator at the University of Liverpool, talks us through the largest catalogued collection of science fiction materials in Europe… Hi Thomas. Tell us about the University of Liverpool’s Science Fiction Collections...

A Dreamlike Quality of Unreality – The Many Afterlives of Anna May Wong

How to parse affection for the classics of old Hollywood with the many micro-aggressions and bare-faced instances of racism committed against actors of colour? Mike Pinnington considers a pair of exhibitions that walk...

Susan Leask: New Sculptures

“I’m probably unaware of how much of myself I’m giving away.” Jon Barraclough speaks with artist Susan Leask ahead of a new exhibition of her sculptural works at Liverpool’s Bridewell Studios & Gallery… It’s...

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Mike Pinnington on Vallisaari island, Helsinki. Photograph by Laura Robertson

Field Trip: Helsinki, Finland – Happiness and Cultural Guardians

Taking in climate change at Helsinki Biennial, diversity at the Ateneum, and visiting contrasting new galleries in an art school and bar toilets (!), Mike Pinnington’s return to Finland’s capital city is a timely reminder...

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Playlist: Disquiet Residency #3 – Tangled Tales

Musing on the rich tradition of narrative song writing, in his latest playlist, Aaron Williams draws on contemporary masters of the form… Music has long been fertile soil for storytelling (and, therefore, storytellers);...

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Present Tense. Publish by The Double Negative, 2019.

Present Tense (2019) // Paperback // £14.99

Present Tense A decade since Liverpool EU Capital of Culture… What now?  Edited by Laura Robertson and Mike Pinnington ISBN 978-1-5272-4281-4 Published August 2019. Very limited edition run of 250 copies. Paperback, 96...