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A Public Lecture in Dunedin – William Morris: Artist, Writer and Socialist

By on July 18, 2022 0

“Have nothing in your house that you don’t know is useful or that you don’t believe to be beautiful.”
-William Morris

The Otago Socialist Society is hosting “William Morris: Artist, Writer and Socialist,” a free public lecture by Martin Crick, at the Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, at 3 p.m., Saturday, July 6, 2022.

William Morris (1834–1896) was an artist, textile designer, craftsman, poet, novelist and pioneering socialist. His fiction helped establish fantasy as a genre, his artistic endeavors were a huge contribution to Britain’s “Arts and Crafts movement”, and his political thought ranged from great revolutionary flair to a deep concern for the everyday aspects of what is a decent. would mean life for all.

The guest speaker is Martin Crick, based in Canterbury, a longtime socialist and admirer of William Morris, historian and author of “The History of the Social Democratic Federation” (1996), as well as numerous articles on socialist history British. Prior to emigrating to New Zealand, Martin was a Trustee and Vice President of the William Morris Society in the UK. Apart from socialist politics, Martin’s main passion is a love affair with the Rugby League. He is currently a member of the executive committee of the Canterbury Socialist Society and editor of The Commonweal publication of the Federation of Socialist Society.

Martin’s lecture will provide a brief overview of Morris’ career as an artist, writer and businessman, his revolt against the capitalist system and how he crossed his “river of fire” to become a socialist. This will be followed by an account of his socialist theory and its ever-increasing relevance today, particularly his ecological writings and labor theories.

The Otago Socialist Society is the local branch of the New Zealand Federation of Socialist Societies and welcomes you to our public recovery conference. No prior knowledge necessary, all welcome.

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