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The Verb | Futures Verb

Ian McMillan presents the first in a series of Verb visits to the future, asking whether we need new words, new plots and new genres to help us think about it creatively.

The BBC has signed up to a climate pledge which presents an exciting opportunity for new writing (it is pledging to make sure its visions of the future aren’t simply dystopian ones, to recognise other visions, fair and balanced ones, sustainable and informed by the science ).

To explore this opportunity we are first joined by the ecological philosopher and green activist Rupert Read to discuss ‘thrutopianism’, and by the writer and artist Alistair Gentry who has brought his flying saucer along to the studio.

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