Public Knowledge: The New Radical | Arts of the Working Class X Verso Books - Camden Art Centre

The New Radical is an online series of conversations between Arts of the Working Class and contributing writers for Verso Books, discussing what the new radical means today.

Curated by Matt Williams in conversation with Arts of the Working Class and Verso.
Graphic Design by Studio Bergini
Produced by Julian Vicary

Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 Colaborators

Episode 1: Arts of the Working Class in conversation with Aaron Bastani

Aaron Bastani and Alina Kolar try to determine The New Radical between the news, fact and fiction. They examine voices that make up the realm of thinking and unthinking the main-stream and the grass-roots.

Aaron Bastani is co-founder and Senior Editor at Novara Media and has a doctorate from the University of London. His research interests include new media, social movements and political economy. He has written for Vice, the Guardian, the London Review of Books and the New York Times and regularly appears as a commentator on the BBC and Sky News. He is the author of Fully Automated Luxury Communism, out now in paperback with Verso.

Episode 2: Arts of the Working Class in conversation with Maya Goodfellow

Maya Goodfellow and Alina Kolar speak about the understanding of the word Radical in relation to Immigration and Borders, Affect and Effect of Time, with regards to the ongoing impact of the pandemic, and what is within and beyond our control.

Maya Goodfellow is a writer, researcher and academic. She has written for the New York Times, the Guardian, the New Statesman, Al Jazeera and the Independent. She received her PhD from SOAS, University of London and is a trustee of the Runnymede Trust. She is the author of Hostile Environment: How Immigrants Became Scapegoats, out now in paperback with Verso.

Episode 3: Arts of the Working Class in conversation with John Merrick

John Merrick and Alina Kolar discuss the history of The Radical Thinkers series from Verso. To reflect on how it enabled them to discover and engage with the ideas presented by favoured radical thinkers and the challenges of publishing at large.

John Merrick is a writer based in London, where he is an editor at Verso Books. He has had work published in New Left Review, Boston Review, TLS, Jacobin, Tribune, New Statesman, and elsewhere. He is currently writing a book about class, culture and the North of England.  


Arts of the Working Class is a multi-lingual street journal on poverty and wealth, art and society: Arts of the Working Class (AWC) is published every two months and contains contributions by artists and thinkers from different fields and in different languages. Its terms are based upon the working class, meaning everyone, and it reports everything that belongs to everyone. Everyone who sells this street journal earns money directly. Vendors keep 100% of the sales. Every artist whose work is advertised, designs with us its substance. AWC is published by Paul Sochacki, María Inés Plaza Lazo and Alina Kolar, for the streets of the world.

Verso Books is the largest independent, radical publishing house in the English-speaking world, publishing one hundred books a year.

In their 50th anniversary, Verso have reissued 5 of their classic Radical Thinkers from across the series with beautiful new cover design, including Adorno’s philosophical masterpiece, Minima Moralia, and Nancy Fraser’s iconic anti-capitalist feminist work, Fortunes of Feminism.