“Changing the story isn’t enough in itself, but it has often been foundational to real changes. Making an injury visible and public is usually the first step in remedying it, and political change often follows culture, as what was long tolerated is seen to be intolerable, or what was overlooked becomes obvious. Which means that every conflict is in part a battle over the story we tell, or who tells and who is heard.”
Rebecca Solnit

“Stories are the secret reservoir of values: change the stories individuals and nations live by and tell themselves and you change the individuals and nations. Nations and peoples are largely the stories they feed themselves. If they tell themselves stories that are lies, they will suffer the future consequences of those lies. If they tell themselves stories that face their own truths, they will free their histories for future flowerings.”
Ben Okri


‘Three Acres And A Cow’ connects the Norman Conquest and Peasants’ Revolt with current issues of fracking and the housing crisis via the Enclosures, English Civil War, Irish Land League and Industrial Revolution, drawing a compelling narrative through the radical people’s history of Britain in folk song, stories and poems.

Part TED talk, part history lecture, part folk club sing-a-long, part poetry slam, part storytelling session… Come and share in these tales as they have been shared for generations.

wood engraving by Claire Leighton, courtesy of the artist's estate

wood engraving by Clare Leighton, courtesy of the artist’s estate

“History is the fundamental source of human memory. It affects everything in terms of attitudes, values and political decisions.”
Professor Tom Devine
– University Of Edinburgh

“The first step in resistance is a history lesson; not a lesson written for us, but one we write ourselves.”
Professor Simon Critchley
– The New School, New York

“He who controls the present controls the past. He who controls the past controls the future.”
George Orwell