MK Gallery website sets cookies on your computer to help improve the user experience. Read our cookie policy hereAccept
Thursday Scratch Nights

John Grindrod: Outskirts


John Grindrod: Outskirts

Thursday 10 August / 7pm / £3


Book tickets


From their roots in the campaigners of the nineteenth century, by the 1950s green belts had developed into something more complex and divisive. They became part of the landscape and psyche of post-war Britain, but would lead to conflicts at every level of society - between conservationists and developers, town and country, politicians and people, nimbys and the forces of progress.


Growing up on 'the last road in London' on an estate at the edge of the woods, John Grindrod had a childhood that mirrored these tensions. His family, too, seemed caught between two worlds: a wheelchair-bound mother who glowed in the dark; a father who was done in by an episode of Only Fools and Horses; two brothers - one sporty, one agoraphobic - and an unremarkable boy on the edge of it all discovering something magical.


In this richly illustrated talk, John Grindrod explores the secret history of the green belt, taking us on a personal journey around its history and his experience of growing up on the edge of it. 




August 2017


What are Scratch Nights?

Happening every Thursday evening at the Gallery, Scratch Nights are a series of events by emerging local and national practitioners working in music/sound, film, expanded cinema, performance and spoken word.


Watch our videos

Browse videos of past Scratch Night events


Join our group

Join our Scratch Night Facebook group for the latest news and events