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Professor Patrick Wright explores English identity and Brexit in new BBC Radio 4 series


Patrick Wright, Professor of Literature and Visual & Material Culture in the Department of English, has launched his BBC Radio 4 series, 'The English Fix'.

The documentary series, written and presented by Professor Wright, offers a critical exploration of the background to Brexit.

In a series of three programmes, Professor Wright explores the works of William Cobbett and G.K. Chesterton – once described as the Nigel Farage of English fiction – along with his own experiences of living in Kent, the 'Garden of England', in the years that the UK became a member of the European Economic Community (EEC).

Wright asks whether Brexit offers a liberation for Englishness, or the loss of a way to define itself - at least until another apparent threat encroaches?

The series is BBC History Magazine's programme of the month in their February issue, a pdf of the review can be found here.

The English Fix is broadcast on Mondays at 11am on BBC Radio 4.

Episode 1: Riding with Cobbett (11.00, 6 February) (listen back here:

Episode 2: The Secret People (11.00, 13 February)

Episode 3: The Common Market in the Garden of England (11.00, 20 February)

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