Novelist, editor, centre manager and teacher, Adam Mathews can generally be found somewhere between Budapest and the UK. As well as writing critical articles and speeches, he manages English language summer schools, edits translations of a world-renowned orchestra and gives public talks on economic and environmental issues. Having spent much of his adult life living outside his native England, Adam has become involved in popular movements across Europe and developed the perspective that inspired his first novel, Pap.
The Aimless Wanderer forms a virtual repository for the author's writings and visuals without being concerned about copyright. Unless otherwise stated, all files on this site exist under a Creative Commons license, which means everything can freely be shared for non-commercial purposes. All I ask is that you source all material by linking to aimlesswanderer.org and crediting Adam R. Mathews.
Adam R. Mathews will be presenting Pap as part of the Budapest Degrowth week. The novel's nightmare scenario of corporate control and financial growth, at the expense of the populace, is a perfect exemple of why the principles of Degrowth are so important.
Using sections of Pap, this creative writing workshop considers past and future technological progress to inspire participants to think about the real risks of technology. Those ideas will then be used, alongside various writing techniques, to create short works of fiction that are cutting and critical of today's world. In doing so, this workshop will help provide alternative narratives to the mainstream, growth-based agenda.
Recent events 23 April 2016 - Dile English School, Salamanca
Presentation of Pap: A 21st century dystopia, given on the international Day of Books - a holiday in the autonomous community of Castile and León.
The bohemian Barrio del Oeste neighbourhood of Salamanca was a perfect setting for the presentation. Thanks to my friends at Dile English School, beside the fountain in the Plaza del Oeste, my first ever reading of the novel was a resounding success.