Buxton Festival 2014: The Housing Crisis and the Countryside

The Housing Crisis and the Countryside, ‘Buried by a kind of volcanic eruption from the outer suburbs’ (George Orwell, Coming Up For Air).

Thursday 24 July 2014, 2pm-3pm

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the publication of ‘Coming Up for Air’, Orwell Prize director Professor Jean Seaton will chair a panel to discuss the rural and built environment, and what can be done to avert a housing crisis.

The panel will include Owen Hatherley (writer and journalist, author of A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain), Professor Robert Colls (Professor of Cultural History at De Montford University, author of George Orwell: English Rebel), Professor David Matless (Professor of Cultural Geography at the University of Nottingham, author of Landscape and Englishness), and Nick Boles (MP for Grantham and Stamford and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Planning).