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The Polemic

This week Ian McMillan examines the language of polemic with guests Hari Kunzru, Owen Jones, Matthew Elliott, Sally Weintrobe and John Kinsella.

45 minutes

Hari Kunzru

Hari Kunzru

Hari Kunzru is a writer whose books include ‘The Impressionist’ and ‘Gods Without Men’ (Penguin). His latest work is a novella illustrated by twenty artists. It’s the inspiration for an exhibition currently running at the V&A, called ‘Memory Palace’ – it evokes a world where information is outlawed and ignorance is bliss.

 

Hari Kunzru's Website

 

Hari Kunzru's Twitter

 

Memory Palace

Owen Jones

Owen Jones

How should politicians use stories and images? Owen Jones is the author of ‘Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class’ (Verso). Owen presents his 5 language rules for the ‘left’, and explains what the ‘left’ can learn from the language of the ‘right’.

 

Owen Jones' Twitter

 

Owen Jones' Column

Matthew Elliott

Matthew Elliott

Matthew is the co-founder of the TaxPayers Alliance. He presents his 5 language rules for the ‘right’, and asks what the ‘right’ can learn from the ‘left’

 

Matthew Elliott's Twitter

 

TaxPayers' Alliance

Sally Weintrobe

Sally Weintrobe

Sally Weintrobe is a practising psychoanalyst and a Fellow of the Institute of Psychoanalysis. She’s the editor of ‘ Engaging with Climate Change’ (Routledge) a series of essays which examines the psychological reasons behind the denial of climate change, and explores how the stories we tell ourselves help or hinder our understanding.

 

Sally Weintrobe's Twitter

John Kinsella

John Kinsella

John Kinsella is a ‘anarchist vegan pacifist’ and a poet who lives in Western Australia. His latest collection is Armour (Picador). John has written a Verse Drama examining his family history, which he presents on radio for the first time. ‘The Forest Tattoo’ is performed by Richard Dillane and Daniel Fletcher.

 

John Kinsella's Website

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