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Broken Heartlands

A Lit & Phil Celebrity Author Interview

Thursday 23 September 6.30pm

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Join us for an exclusive event to celebrate the launch of Broken Heartlands by Sebastian Payne. Sebastian will be interviewed by bestselling author Dan Jackson.

Historically, the red wall formed the backbone of Labour’s vote in the Midlands and the North of England. But during the 2019 general election, it dramatically turned Conservative for the first time in living memory, redrawing the electoral map in the process.

Originally from the North East himself, Payne sets out to uncover the real story behind the red wall and what turned these seats blue in Broken Heartlands. Beginning in Blyth Valley in the North East and ending in Burnley, with visits to constituencies across the Midlands and Yorkshire along the way, Payne gets to the heart of a key political story of our time that will have ramifications for years to come.

Sebastian Payne is the award-winning Whitehall Editor for the Financial Times. At the 2019 British Journalism Awards, he was awarded ‘Political Journalist of the Year’ in recognition of his work on the FT’s series ‘The Corbyn Revolution’. Sebastian presents the Payne’s Politics podcast, which was shortlisted for ‘News Podcast of the Year’ at the 2020 National Press Awards. Sebastian was born in Gateshead and his first book Broken Heartlands will be published by Pan Macmillan.

Born in North Shields and brought up in Northumberland, Dr Dan Jackson is a graduate of the universities of Northumbria and Liverpool. His Northumbria University PhD was published by Liverpool University Press in 2009 as Popular Opposition to Irish Home Rule in Edwardian Britain. His latest, bestselling, book The Northumbrians: North-East England and Its People: A New History was published by Hurst in 2019 to critical acclaim in the Sunday Times and Mail on Sunday both of which named it as one of their books of the year. He has also written for History Today and The New Statesman and has appeared on the BBC’s 'Start the Week', ‘Making History’ and ‘Who Do You Think You Are’. 

In association with Pan Macmillan.

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