Almeida Theatre Talk, 12 May 2016

AT 6pm on 12 May 2016 I’ll be participating in a panel discussion on dramatising poverty. This talk precedes a performance of the play Boy at the Almeida Theatre. Tickets for the discussion and for Boy are available from the Almeida. For more details of the talk click here.

The People a must-read for teachers, says NUT Gen Sec

The People was recently chosen by Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) as a must-read for teachers, in the TES list of ‘books every teacher should read’. I’m absolutely delighted to be honoured by a union that does so much to defend comprehensive education.

New book projects underway

I’m delighted that Chatto and Windus will be publishing my next 2 books: Snakes and Ladders – a history of social mobility in Britain since 1900 – and Tastes of Honey, the authorised biography of the playwright Shelagh Delaney. Snakes and Ladders will appear in 2019, Tastes of Honey shortly after.

Ralph Milliband Lecture 10 March

Class Matters: the working class in contemporary Britain

London School of Economics. Public lecture (with plenty of time for discussion) and launch of the paperback of The People. Owen Jones gave the lecture last year – hard act to follow, all support welcome! Booking probably essential…available here

Miners’ Strike commemoration 13 December

If you can get to Bath on Saturday 13 December 2014 come and commemorate the Miners’ Strike in the company of Bath Trades’ Union Council and friends. I’ll be speaking about The People at 1.30pm, followed by lunch, followed by a showing of the film Still the Enemy Within, which sounds amazing but I’ve avoided watching because I’m sure this commemoration is the event to see it at! Loads more going on that day, but tickets are going FAST, so if you want to come then book here

Giving Caroline Benn Memorial Lecture, 11 Nov 2014

11 November I’ll be giving this year’s Caroline Benn Memorial Lecture at the Houses of Parliament (previous invited speakers include David Blunkett MP – didn’t he have something to say about grammar schools? didn’t do much though…), on ‘The ‘golden-age’ of the grammar school: exploding the myth’. Entry FREE but booking essential; please email