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23 August 2023

Subscriber of the Week: Anthony Wilson

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A poet and university lecturer. I published my first poem in the New Statesman in 1986.

Where do you live?

Exeter.

Do you vote?

Always.

How long have you been a subscriber?

Five years.

What made you start?

I needed an antidote to all the right-wing media.

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This article appears in the 23 Aug 2023 issue of the New Statesman, Inside Britain’s Exclusive Sect