The State We’re In: How Did We Get Into This Mess and How Do We Get Out of It?

The State We're In: How Did We Get Into This Mess and How Do We Get Out of It?

Tuesday 2 May 2023
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Ashburton Arts Centre


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War, disaster, inflation, scandals, injustice, lies, pandemics, misinformation, crises, strikes… Are we surrounded by a broken society? Prof. Joe Foweraker invites a panel of guests to talk about what they think is possible, then have a discussion between themselves and with the audience. They’ll pick whatever they like to start with, and we’ll go from there, wherever things lead.

Confirmed panelists:
Anthea Simmons – Editor in Chief, West Country Voices
Dr Karen Scott – Senior Lecturer, Dept of Poilitics, Exeter University
Guy Singh-Watson – founder Riverford Organic Farm
Josiah Meldrum – co-founder Hodmedods see his interview here with Rob Hopkins
Professor John Heathershaw – Professor, Dept of Politics, Exeter University

Image: Part of The Allegory of Good and Bad Government, a series of three fresco panels painted by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, which are on display in the Palazzo Pubblico, Siena, Italy.


This is part of the Tinners Moon Festival 2023. See for more about all of the events. All tickets at

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