Past Events: ‘Fail Better’ Reading Group

‘Fail Better’: Decline and Remedy in Modern Culture

Failure suffers from interpretation. Beckett’s disembodied imperative, ‘Fail Better’, has become the mantra of sport, technology and business, existing uneasily alongside dilapidated institutions, moribund populations and stagnant social lives.

How does the language of failure indicate effort, enterprise and success? How have 21st century writers approached socioeconomic decline and political despair, while attempting to diagnose and remedy the ills of our age? 

This reading group seeks out the trajectory of failure in contemporary art and literature.

Details of meetings can be found on the posters below. 

For more information, contact Joseph Owen ( or Lian Patston (

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