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Counterculture UK


Comprehensive exploration of counterculture in the UK. Illegal raves to street art, alternative comedy, agitprop theatre to pop-up galleries… where the arts and activism meet.



Counterculture UK – A Celebration

Edited by Rebecca Gillieron and Cheryl Robson

The first comprehensive exploration of counterculture in the UK – from illegal raves to street art, alternative comedy and agit-prop theatre to pop-up galleries, as well as the larger agents for social change such as the green movement, feminism, disability rights and much more. offers an entirely unique look at the myriad subversive scenes in Britain today. Contributors include: Penny Pepper, Tim Burrows, Mark Sheerin, Em Ayson, Susan Murray, Paul Quinn, Mark Edward, Hayley da Foster, Coco Khan, Ellen Cheshire, Charlie Oughton, Jack Bright, Ben Graham, Simon Smith & Bella Quist.

About the editors

Cheryl Robson is a producer of several short independent films, most recently Rock ‘n’ Roll Island, broadcast on BBC4, winner of 4 awards at film festivals and nominated for Raindance Film Festival. She worked at the BBC for several years and then taught filmmaking at the University of Westminster, before setting up a theatre company producing and developing women’s plays. She also created a publishing company where she has edited over fifty books including co-editing Celluloid Ceiling: women film directors breaking through. She has published over 300 international writers and won numerous awards. As a writer, she has won the Croydon Warehouse International Playwriting Competition and has had several stage plays produced.

Rebecca Gillierson is an editor with over 15 years’ experience working on fiction and non-fiction titles for independent publishers. Also a musician, she has played guitar, keyboards, drums and sung in a number of bands (Subway Sect, The Ghosts, Private Trousers), releasing three critically acclaimed albums on high profile UK and US labels with her band Wetdog and touring Europe and the US. She runs a record label ‘Southend Records’ in the town where she now lives.