Outrageous! The Story of Section 28

Watch here live: Monday 7 February 2022, 7:30pm
This event will be live-captioned.

In his new book Outrageous! Paul Baker tells the story of Section 28: the law passed in 1988 forbidding local authorities from teaching ‘the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship’. It sent shockwaves through British society, silencing gay pupils and teachers while galvanizing mass protests and the formation of the LGBTQ+ rights groups OutRage! and Stonewall.

Join Paul as he delves into the details behind this infamous Act: its background, how the press and politicians wrote and spoke about it, how protestors fought back and its eventual legacy.

Speakers

Paul Baker

Academic and Writer

The Days after Tomorrow: Climate Fiction for the Future

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This event took place on: 22 September 2021.

Can we reimagine our relationship with nature and protect the future? Join the Climate Imagination Fellows, Climate Fiction writers from around the world, to find out. As Glasgow prepares to host the UN Climate Conference (COP26), our panel explores the crucial role of imagination in the fight against climate change. With a special appearance from prize-winning author Amitav Ghosh.

How can we marshal our collective imagination, accelerate the global transformations required by COP26 and move towards a sustainable way of life? How can we get beyond dystopian visions of climate chaos and focus on more positive, equitable and community-led futures?

With roots in science fiction, Climate Fiction or ‘Cl-Fi’ is now expanding across genres and styles from poetry to thrillers and more experimental work. This vital area of contemporary fiction grapples with climate science, art, politics and technology, seeking to reinvent the way we envisage tomorrow. At this special event Climate Imagination Fellows: Libia Brenda, Hannah Onoguwe and Vandana Singh share stories that bring the future into the present. They will reflect on the essential role of storytelling in thinking through the consequences of our collective decisions and charting a path towards the futures we want to build together.

Chaired by journalist, author and cultural commentator Claire Armistead.

Watch the full length interview with Amitav Ghosh here.

Create your own 'Postcard from the Future' here.

Find out more about the Centre for Science and the Imagination here.

Part of the British Library's environment event series, The Natural Word, which celebrates the underrepresented voices harnessing the power of imagination to change the world.

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