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Paul Mason

Paul Mason is an award-winning journalist, writer and filmmaker based in London, UK. He writes a weekly column for the Guardian and is the author of five books, including the influential bestseller PostCapitalism: A Guide to our Future, and the novel Rare Earth. He was born in Leigh, Greater Manchester, in 1960. He studied music and politics at Sheffield University and remained a professional musician and teacher until switching to journalism in 1990.

In 2001, he joined the BBC flagship current affairs programme Newsnight, where he worked as the economics editor. He received the Royal Television Society’s specialist reporter of 2012 award for his coverage of the Euro crisis. In 2013, he moved to Channel 4 News, where he took on a wide-ranging reporting role, which saw him reporting on the Gaza war in 2014, covering the referendum on Scottish independence and the 2015 Greek debt crisis.

In 2016, he left Channel 4 to go freelance, immediately identifying himself as a supporter of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. He campaigned in the Brexit referendum as a “reluctant remainer” and was one of the few senior journalists in the British media to support Corbyn during the 2017 election.

In December 2015, together with Anglo-Greek filmmaker Theopi Skarlatos, he produced the documentary series #ThisIsACoup, an inside account of the Greek clash with the Eurozone. Other long-form work includes a BBC TV documentary on Northern soul music and a two-part BBC Radio documentary about Wagner, commissioned for the bicentenary.

Paul mason authored two plays. Divine Chaos of Starry Things is a full-length drama about female survivors of the Paris Commune, performed at the White Bear Theatre London in April 2017. The second, Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere, an immersive one-hour performance event based on his book about the Arab Spring and the Occupy movement, was developed with the Young Vic Theatre, staged in March 2017 and broadcast on BBC2 in July 2017. He also participates in the Young Vic/Cambridge University project Shakespearonomics, partly inspired by his writing on the crisis of feudalism and the rise of capitalism as reflected in Shakespeare’s work.

He is currently working on his next book, Clear Bright Future: A radical defence of the human being, due to be published in 2018.

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