Tickets: FREE
Drapers' Hall, Coventry BAYLEY LANE, COVENTRY, CV1 5RN
Sun 6 Mar 2022 @ 16.30
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Deliaphonic: Journey to Nutopia

Sun 6 Mar 2022 @ 16.30
Drapers' Hall, Coventry
Duration: 4.30pm – 5.30pm

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Age guideline: 14+ years (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult)

As part of the Deliaphonic festival, Journey to Nutopia will host a panel looking at how we build that positive future in a world that feels increasingly dystopian, and the role music, community and art play in that future. Joining host Michelle Olley on the panel are author and cognitive historian John Higgs, poet and novelist Salena Godden, non-binary author and comedian Andrew O’Neill, and writer and musician Richard Norris.

More information about Journey To Nutopia

Music Talk


Salena Godden is one of Britain’s best-loved poets and performers. She is also a broadcaster, memoirist and essayist and is widely anthologised. Her essay ‘Shade’ was published in award-winning anthology The Good Immigrant. She has published several volumes of poetry, the latest of which was Pessimism Is for Lightweights, and a literary childhood memoir, Springfield Road. In November 2020 she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Mrs Death Misses Death is her debut novel. It was shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize 2021. Film and TV rights for Mrs Death Misses Death have been optioned by Idris Elba’s production company, Green Door Pictures.


John Higgs is a writer who specialises in finding previously unsuspected narratives, hidden in obscure corners of our history and culture, which can change the way we see the world. In the words of MOJO magazine, “Reading John Higgs is like being shot with a diamond. Suddenly everything becomes terrifyingly clear”. The Times agreed - “Higgs’s prose has a diamond-hard quality. He knows how to make us relate.”  “A while ago I decided to read anything Higgs writes,” said Frank Cottrell Boyce, “He seems to be able to take any subject — pop music, Watling Street, conspiracy theories, robotics — and poke at it until it yields up its secrets.”


Andrew O’Neill is an award-winning comedian, punk-rock musician and best-selling writer. A psychedelic non-binary whirlwind, they combine surrealism, polemic and good old-fashioned stagecraft to produce uniquely counter-cultural stand-up. Andrew has performed in over a dozen countries, at over a hundred festivals, and is equally at home in rowdy comedy clubs as performing to their own cult following. They are author of the book A History Of Heavy Metal, described by living legend Alan Moore as "a comprehensive landmark analysis of an enormous area of music that has been too long without such a thing, and has the massive advantage of the funny being turned up to twelve.”  TV credits include Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Saxondale, 50 Years Of Rock Excess, The Blame Game, Spicks and Specks and Good News Week. 


Richard Norris is a musician and producer, currently working on Music For Healing, a series of ambient/deep listening/experimental releases on the Group Mind label. His work includes co-producing the 1988 album 'Jack the Tab', one of the first UK acid house records, forming the Grid with Soft Cell's Dave Ball and collaborating with many musicians, including Joe Strummer and Robert Fripp. He has also produced albums and mixes as solo psych project The Time and Space Machine, remixed many artists including Warpaint, Temples, Happy Mondays, Brian Eno, and Tame Impala. Recent work includes a commission for BBC Radiophonic Workshop using recently found Delia Derbyshire sounds, and working on a surround sound album. He co-founded Journey To Nutopia with Michelle Olley.


The panel is hosted by writer, theatre producer and JTN co-founder Michelle Olley

About Journey To Nutopia

"The future is up for grabs. It belongs to any and all who will take the risk and accept the responsibility of consciously creating the future they want.” Robert Anton Wilson

As Buckminster Fuller famously said: “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”

On April 1st 1973, John Lennon and Yoko Ono declared themselves the first citizens of Nutopia - a country with no borders and no passports. Anyone could be a citizen. The flag was a white square and the Nutopian national anthem was four seconds of silence.

Journey To Nutopia was inspired by the simplicity of this gesture. The journey part is the desire to move towards a better place, not defined by borders, doom-scrolling or ‘mind-forged manacles’. Journey To Nutopia is anti-dystopian, and promotes positive future narratives. It is about  ideas, visions, poetry, laughter, music and activism. The journey is everything… 


Deliaphonic is a 4-day festival to celebrate the sounds and legacy of Delia Derbyshire. Now in its fourth year, the festival will once again take place in her hometown of Coventry, with events scheduled at Coventry Cathedral & The Tin Music and Arts. 


Access information

The new entrance at Drapers’ Hall allows for ground floor access with a lift to the first floor. Accessible toilets are situated on both levels. The bar has a DDA-level countertop to the right-hand side. There are three steps required for access to the two meeting rooms on the lower level. Otherwise, all rooms are accessible for wheelchair users. There is an induction loop throughout the building. The original entrance may still be used upon request, however there are steep steps up to the first floor. On Bayley Lane there are many cobbled pathways and limited dropped kerbs. There are two Blue Badge parking bays on Bayley Lane. The seating for events is non-allocated.

For requests to reserve seating or for any queries regarding access or assistance please email [email protected]