Sarah Woods has adapted William Morris classic utopian novel News From Nowhere for BBC Radio 4. Listen to it in the iPlayer here.
News from Nowhere is a classic piece of futuristic writing, first published in 1890 by artist, designer and socialist William Morris. Its central tenet – that society should refind the value of work and thrive on beauty, rather than consumerism – is timely. This updated drama revisits Morris’ vision of a new society for now.
Our Will Guest is a modern day, 21st Century man, travelling from 2016 to a future Utopia. The word utopia comes from the Greek ou-topos, meaning ‘no-place’ or ‘nowhere’. There is uneasy antagonism between Will’s 21st Century values and those of ‘Nowhere’. But there is also love……Will goes on a time travelling voyage of discovery, finding a new love for society, as well as a woman.