Anna Minton is a writer and journalist. She spent a decade in journalism, including a stint as a corporate reporter on the Financial Times, and is the winner of five journalism awards. Finding daily journalism frustrating she began to focus on longer projects for think tanks and policy organizations and is the author of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Viewpoint on fear and distrust.
Her latest book, Ground Control, emerged from a series of agenda setting reports, two of which were published by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the other by the think tank Demos. The first focused on gated communities and ghettoes in the US, questioning to what extent these trends are emerging in the UK. The second looked at polarization and culture in one British city, Newcastle, and the third investigated the growing privatisation of public space.
She appears regularly on television and radio and is a frequent conference speaker, invited to speak to a wide range of audiences from art biennials to policemen.
Ground Control: Fear and Happiness in the 21st Century City (Penguin, 2012)
"The Battle of Ideas is a weekend like no other. I found the 2011 festival immensely stimulating. It gave me a great deal to think about, and a whole new list of books to read - from Virgil to Vygotsky. On to greater battles in 2012!"
Ken Macleod, award-winning science fiction writer; author, The Restoration Game and Intrusion