The Battle of Orgreave

New Statesman screening at Tate Liverpool

The Battle of Orgreave

The New Statesman and BFI celebrate the 2009 Trades Union Congress with an exclusive film screening at Tate Liverpool on Wednesday 16 September 2009 at 6.15pm of Mike Figgis's 2001 film The Battle of Orgreave. The film will be followed by a panel discussion hosted by Jonathan Derbyshire, culture editor of the New Statesman.

Figgis's film follows the re-enactment, conceived by the artist Jeremy Deller, of one of the most violent confrontations between pickets and police during the 1984-85 miners' strike in the streets and fields of Orgreave, South Yorkshire. Admission is free, so if you're in Liverpool tomorrow evening (the 16th), do come along. In the meantime, read Paul Routledge's wonderful piece for the NS about This Working Life: King Coal, the BFI's season of films made by the National Coal Board's film unit.

Jonathan Derbyshire is Managing Editor of Prospect. He was formerly Culture Editor of the New Statesman.

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On Wheels

A new poem by Patrick Mackie

The hills swarm and soften towards the end of the day just as
flames do in a fireplace as the evening
loosens and breaks open and lets out night.
A nasty, grotesque, impatient year ended,
and the new one will be bitter,
tired, opaque. Words wrangle in every inch of air,
their mouths wide open in stupid shock
at what they have just heard every time they hear anything. Venus,
though, blazes with heavy wobbles of albeit frozen
light. Brecht, who I like to call my
brother just as he called Shelley his,
has a short late poem where he sits by a roadside, waiting
while someone changes the wheel on his car,
watching with impatience, despite not liking
either the place that he is coming from or
the place that he is going to. We call it
connectivity when in truth it is just aggression
and imitation writ ever larger. Poems, though,
are forms of infinite and wry but also briskly
impatient patience. Brecht’s poem seems to end,
for instance, almost before you
can read it. It wheels. The goddess is just a big, bright
wilderness but then soon enough she clothes
herself again in the openness of night and I lose her.

Patrick Mackie’s latest collection, The Further Adventures Of The Lives Of The Saints, is published by CB Editions.

This article first appeared in the 18 May 2017 issue of the New Statesman, Age of Lies

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