Ruth Potts and Molly Conisbee are the co-founders of bread, print and roses, a collective engaged in anarchist baking, seditious pamphleteering and radical walking.
Molly is based Bristol University and is researching the social history of death. Previously Molly worked for the Soil Association, IPPR, nef (the new economics foundation) and in a variety of policy and public affairs roles for the NHS and local government. Molly co-authored (with Andrew Simms) Environmental Refugees – The Case for Recognition and National Gardening Leave – Why working less is good for us all. Molly has also written (with Ruth) on the history and politics of bread, and the social history of the railways.
Ruth initiated (with Gareth Evans), and is an Artistic Advisor to, Utopia 2016: A Year of Imagination and Possibility at Somerset House. Previously, Ruth worked at nef where she co-developed a new model of campaign designed to kick-start the decade-long transition to a new economy. She is a co-author (with Andrew Simms) of The New Materialism: How our relationship with the material world can change for the better, covered by the Guardian, the Telegraph and the Financial Times, is a co-author of nef’s Clone Town Britain reports and has written (with Molly) on the history and politics of bread.
Join the bread, print and roses collective as we uncover Balham’s radical roots, diverse social histories and utopian experiments (Yes, really).
Just as, to paraphrase Virginia Woolf, there are no such thing as ordinary lives there are also no ordinary places. Balham abounds with tales of enclosure resistance, grisly murder, satanic mills and poor law defiance, played out against a fast-changing lanskip from Saxon settlement to assimilation into London’s octopus.
The walk will last around 75 minutes. It is an easy, pavement walk, but please wear comfortable shoes. The walk starts at The Bedford pub at 3pm on 11 June.