Don’t miss your chance to see the brilliant Darren McGarvey, author of Orwell Prize-winning Poverty Safari, live at Conway Hall. Darren will be in conversation about his unmissable new book The Social Distance Between Us. Drawing on his own experience and first-hand insights, he will be delving into Britain’s vast social inequality, assessing solutions from across the political spectrum, and uncovering long glossed-over truths about our country.

In what promises to be an illuminating evening, Darren will explore the separations within our society, digging into the factors that divide the powerful and the powerless, the vocal and the voiceless, and the fortunate and those too often forgotten. By reframing our understanding of some of Britain’s biggest problems, he will demonstrate how even those with the noblest aims can cause harm as a result of their social remoteness, and why it is so vital that we strive to close this social distance.

You don’t want to miss this event, followed by the chance to ask Darren questions in a live audience Q&A! This is a live recording of the Penguin Podcast. If you ask a question on the night, we will ask for your permission to use this on the recording.

Darren McGarvey is a writer and bestselling author, as well as a successful hip-hop artist, broadcaster, and campaigner. His critically acclaimed first book Poverty Safari was awarded the Orwell Prize for political writing in 2018 and was a ground-breaking Sunday Times Bestseller. McGarvey is hailed as the important new voice of a generation from the New York Times to The Guardian. McGarvey is also an acclaimed documentary maker and has presented eight programmes for BBC Scotland including the BBC documentary Class Wars.

* Concession prices are applicable to students, those under 26, registered unemployed, customers with disabilities and senior citizens (65+) Proof of status must be presented at the venue. Concession tickets are only valid when accompanied by appropriate identification.

  • The Social Distance Between Us


    If all the best people are in all the top jobs, then why is Britain such a fucking bin fire?

    Britain is in a long-distance relationship with reality. A ravine cuts through it, partitioning the powerful from the powerless, the vocal from the voiceless, the fortunate from those too often forgotten. This distance dictates how we identify and relate to society's biggest issues - from homelessness and poverty to policing and overrun prisons - ultimately determining how, and whether, we strive to resolve them. So why, for generations, has a select group of people with very limited experience of social inequality been charged with discussing and debating it?

    I've sat on cold pavements with beggars, asking them why they would rather wander the streets than live in supported accommodation. I've pleaded with alcoholics to give sobriety one last shot before they end up dead - and read their obituaries in the paper weeks later. I've sat with youth workers at their wits' end as diversionary services are cut amid a surge in gang and knife violence. Too many people remain so far from this nightmarish social reality that even when they would earnestly wish to bring about change, they don't know where to start. So start here.

    Praise for Darren McGarvey:

    'The standout, authentic voice of a generation' Herald

    'Utterly compelling' Ian Rankin, New Statesman

    'Brilliant' Russell Brand

    'An absolutely fascinating individual' Owen Jones

    'Offer[s] an antidote to populist anger that transcends left and right... articulate and emotional' Financial Times

    'McGarvey is a rarity: a working-class writer who has fought to make the middle-class world hear what he has to say' Nick Cohen, Guardian

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