Policy Press

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This Separated Isle

Invisible Britain

Edited by Paul Sng


Sep 21, 2021

Page count

96 pages




235 x 235 mm


Policy Press
This Separated Isle

Even as COVID-19 made a seismic impact across the world, the cracks exposed by Brexit, Black Lives Matter and rising levels of race hate crimes revealed bitter divisions in British society. In the aftermath of the pandemic, and with questions over the breakup of the United Kingdom refusing to dissipate, how do people across Britain choose to navigate the tensions in this divided land?

With a foreword by Kit de Waal, This Separated Isle explores how concepts of ‘Britishness’ reveal an inclusive range of opinions and understandings about our national character. Featuring a diverse range of fascinating photographic portraits of people from across the UK and their accompanying narrative stories, this landmark book examines the relationship between identity and nationhood, revealing not only what divides us, but also the ties that bind us together as a nation.

"These portraits are a battle cry against the intolerant the bigoted and the ignorant. They weave a tapestry of hope, diversity, love and humanity in all its fragile yet beautiful glory. This is my Britain.Gorymdeithio ymlaen/Marching on." Patrick Jones, Writer

"This book comes at a pivotal moment in British history. A history that sees Britain caught between the familiar it still resembles, and the post-Brexit future which awaits it. For that reason, when I look at the faces in this book and at their lives frozen in time, I cannot help but wonder how that future to come will frame them, touch them. " Andrew Jackson, photographer

Paul Sng is a British Chinese filmmaker and writer based in Edinburgh, Scotland, whose films are driven by methodical research, creative storytelling and a collaborative approach that strives for inclusivity and diversity in people and projects. In 2015, Paul founded Velvet Joy Productions to explore the lives and work of individuals who have been neglected, marginalised or misrepresented in the arts and media. Paul's documentaries have been broadcast on national television and screened internationally and include Sleaford Mods – Invisible Britain (2015), Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle (2017), Social Housing, Social Cleansing (2018) and Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché (2021).

Foreword ~ Kit de Waal;


1-40 Portraits of a Diverse Britain.