Watch Slavoj Žižek in conversation with the New Statesman

A live stream of tonight's event.

This evening, at Central Saint Martins' new campus in Kings Cross, New Statesman culture editor Jonathan Derbyshire will be in conversation with the Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek. Tickets for the event, which starts at 7pm, have long since sold out, but you'll be able to watch a live video stream of proceedings by clicking this link.

You can expect a wide-ranging discussion, taking in topics from Hegel to the Occupy movement. It will be followed by an audience Q and A. In preparation, read Jonathan Derbyshire's 2009 interview with Žižek in the New Statesman here.

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Poem: "When the Americans came"

“Do you have vampires around here?”

When the Americans came,

they didn’t take to our gardens:

the apple orchard smelling of wild garlic,

foxgloves growing among the runner beans.


“Do you have vampires around here?”

a visitor from Carolina asked me.

It was a shambles, Wilfred knew that,

nodding wisely as though apologising


for the ill manners of King George,

the clematis purple in the thatched roofing.

But come the softe sonne,

there are oxlips in Fry’s woods,


forget-me-nots in the shallow stream,

lettuce and spring onions for a salad.

It’s certain that fine women eat

A crazy salad with their meat*


I tried to tell them. But they weren’t women,

and didn’t care to listen to a boy.

They preferred the red rosehips

we used for making wine.


Danced outside the village church

round the maypole Jack Parnham made.

Now they’re gone,

the wild garlic has returned.


* W B Yeats, “A Prayer for My Daughter”


William Bedford is a novelist, children’s author and poet. His eighth collection of verse, The Bread Horse, is published by Red Squirrel Press.

This article first appeared in the 20 October 2016 issue of the New Statesman, Brothers in blood