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Outskirts with John Grindrod

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Impact Hub Birmingham

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Impact Hub Birmingham Co-Founder Andy Reeve will be in conversation with writer John Grindrod. Andy has a particular interest and passion for the the urban environment and will be talking to John about Outskirts and the modern mystery that is our green belt.


The Green belt: a mystery of modern life. It doesn’t appear on maps, it is not signposted, and it is hard to know where it lies. It also stirs up ery emotions. Green belts surround urban areas to stop them spreading outwards. People are fiercely protective (or critical) of them, and of all the issues – housing, the environment, farming, transport – that they stir up.

Outskirts: Living Life on the Edge of the Green Belt tells the story of the creation of these mysterious tracts of land: the people who dreamt up the idea (from Elizabeth I to National Trust founder Octavia Hill); how and when they came into operation (more recently than you might imagine); and what people get up to in them (everything from golf to dogging, it turns out).

Outskirts is also deeply personal. As well as telling the story of the vision of the green belt, the complex and divisive position in which it now resides, caught between two worlds, it is also the story of growing up there. John Grindrod grew up in the 1970s on the edge of the green belt in Croydon, South London. His upbringing mirrored the wider tensions: in addition to the bigger historical picture, Outskirts is the story of his family’s move from the centre of London out to a new estate, and their awkward attempts (a wheelchair-bound mother who’d had so many x-rays her husband claimed she glowed in the dark, a brother who developed agoraphobia in the new expanse) to fit in on the outskirts of the estate and the countryside beyond. It is the human story of these tracts of land as much as the historical one.

Outskirts puts a refreshingly human face to an abstract, political and contested entity. The first book to tell the story of Britain’s green belts, it is at once a social history, a stirring evocation of the natural world, and a poignant tale of growing up in a place, and within a family, like no other.

Copies of Outskirts will be on sale and John is happy to sign books!

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