BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival

A City Is Not a Park: A short talk from New Generation Thinker Des Fitzgerald

The Barbour Room

To guarantee your ticket, book in advance. There will be some tickets available on the day on a first come, first served basis.

A city is not a park – but should it be? This essay from New Generation Thinker Des Fitzgerald tracks the psychic life of the city through the relationship between the modern city and its green environs. Drawing together psychological research with urban history and literature it asks: what would change, psychologically, socially, emotionally, if we covered the concrete and brickwork of our towns and cities with vines, plants and vertical gardens?

Des Fitzgerald is a sociologist at Cardiff University who is researching health, illness and city living.

Come and hear this recording of an episode of BBC Radio 3’s The Essay with a chance to ask questions about the topic.

New Generation Thinkers is a scheme run by BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council to select 10 academics each year who can turn their research into radio.


For your information…

  • Phase one tickets will be available from 12noon on Friday 15 February, with phase two tickets available from 12noon on Friday 1 March.
  • Tickets are strictly limited to four per person.
  • To guarantee your ticket book in advance. There will be some tickets available on the day on a first come, first served basis.
  • Please take your seats 10 minutes prior to the event start time otherwise you may lose your place.


Part of BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival

Part of BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival 2019

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