Dolan Cummings is an Associate Fellow of the Academy of Ideas, part of the committee that programmes the annual Battle of Ideas, and a regular participant at the festival and other IoI events. He has a particular interest in religion and politics, especially in the USA and India. He is also one of the co-founders of the Manifesto Club, a campaign group for freedom in everyday life, and has written widely on related subjects.
His novel, That Existential Leap: a crime story, will be published by Zero Books later this year. It is part bildungsroman and part psychological thriller; a second novel is also in progress. Aside from writing fiction, Dolan works as a freelance copywriter and editor and a speechwriter for social, political and business clients.
Debating Humanism (ed.) (Imprint Academic, 2006)
Who’s Antisocial?: New Labour and the Politics of Antisocial Behaviour (ed.) (Academy of Ideas, 2005)
The Changing Role of the Public Intellectual (ed.) (Routledge, 2004)
In Search of Sesame Street: Policing Civility for the 21st Century (Perpetuity, 1999)
Public inquiries in the dock
"I have been doing the Battle of Ideas for a couple of years, but never before have I felt so heartened and so alive as the day ended. The spectacle of so many fascinating minds, none too proud to agree, none too modern to disagree, all at work on the most important questions of this rocky period: it's enough to make you believe there's hope for the species, yet."
Zoe Williams, columnist, Guardian; author, What Not to Expect When You're Expecting