In November 2020, we hosted a brand-new festival ideal for these strange times. Our new festival, Autumn Reads, was a 4-day exploration of the celebrated artist and filmmaker Derek Jarman’s Modern Nature.
From Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 November we invited everyone to come together for a series of online events and activities that explored the themes held within Jarman’s diaries. Autumn Reads: Modern Nature explored ideas of memoir, art, activism, gardening and more in creative ways.
All of the events for Autumn Reads were available to watch and take part in online for free.
Missed one of the talks? You have until Monday 21 December to watch again.
Start reading Modern Nature
We are encouraging everyone to start reading Modern Nature in the build-up to the festival. We want you to dive into the text and discover this special text. To help you on your journey we have put together a resource pack to get you started. In a handy downloadable PDF you will find information about Derek Jarman and his home in Dungeness, some insightful questions and conversation starters, and a list of links to articles, films and more.
Autumn Reads: Modern Nature has been curated with Seán Doran and Liam Browne.