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A perfect symbol for a new kind of patriotism

I’m arriving in Dover today to start my one-week writing residency. I’ve written a piece for the Guardian which explains a little about why I’m here.

The white cliffs of Dover have a very special place in the collective imagination, even for those who have never seen them. Nat Burton, who wrote Vera Lynn’s famous song about the cliffs, was an American who had never crossed the Atlantic, let alone the Channel. We should harness their emotive and symbolic power, as we should with many other features of our coast and countryside, to help build a sense of togetherness and nationhood…

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