An English Journey

Performance poet and author Lemn Sissay begins an odyssey around modern England following the route map of another writer, J B Priestley.

Seventy years ago this Autumn, Priestley travelled the length and breadth of the country in one of the first attempts at 'documentary journalism'.

The result was English Journey, a book recalling the chance encounters with the 'ordinary folk' in the England of 1933.

That first edition in hand, Lemn sets off to discover just how much of his modern England Priestley would still recognise - and approve of.

A coach journey through London, a chat to a Southampton sea captain and a visit to a Bristol supermarket suggests their two Englands are curiously intertwined.

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Performance poet and author Lemn Sissay begins an odyssey around modern England following the route map of another writer, J B Priestley.

Seventy years ago this Autumn, Priestley travelled the length and breadth of the country in one of the first attempts at 'documentary journalism'.

The result was English Journey, a book recalling the chance encounters with the 'ordinary folk' in the England of 1933.

That first edition in hand, Lemn sets off to discover just how much of his modern England Priestley would still recognise - and approve of.

A coach journey through London, a chat to a Southampton sea captain and a visit to a Bristol supermarket suggests their two Englands are curiously intertwined.Retracing JB Priestley's footsteps of 1933, poet Lemn Sissay heads south to begin his odyssey around modern England.

Poet Lemn Sissay heads south to begin retracing JB Priestley's 1933 tour of England.

Retracing JB Priestley's footsteps of 1933, poet Lemn Sissay heads south to begin his odyssey around modern England.

Poet Lemn Sissay heads south to begin his odyssey around modern England.

Poet Lemn Sissay heads south to begin his odyssey around modern England, retracing JB Priestley's footsteps of 1933.

Performance poet and author Lemn Sissay begins an odyssey around modern England following the route map of JB Priestley.

Performance poet and author Lemn Sissay undertakes an odyssey around England following the route of another writer, JB Priestley.

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Retracing JB Priestley's footsteps of 1933, poet Lemn Sissay heads north to complete his odyssey around England.

Poet Lemn Sissay heads north to complete retracing JB Priestley's 1933 tour of England.

Poet Lemn Sissay heads north to retrace JB Priestley's footsteps of 1933.

Poet Lemn Sissay heads north to complete his odyssey around England, retracing JB Priestley's footsteps of 1933.

Poet Lemn Sissay completes his odyssey around England retracing the footsteps of JB Priestley's 1933 'English Journey'.