Sweetly Sings The Donkey, 7-8 Sept, Lowry Theatre

This play, based on a radio trilogy composed by Shelagh Delaney, is going to be ace. You can book tickets here  safe in the knowledge I am not performing in it. The link gives you information about the play’s content, which spans women’s lives across the last 60 years. It  is part of a bigger project on the history of working-class women, culture, and feminism, involving social and affordable housing tenants in a Salford high rise, MaD Theatre Company, and the Working Class Movement Library, which is connected with my forthcoming biography of Shelagh Delaney: more details here.

Social mobility debate

On 13 Dec 2016 I joined Alan Milburn and others to debate “seeking social mobility solutions: is equality of opportunity in higher education and the professions possible within the current system?” at Inner Temple in London.  SOLD OUT

Flappers and Factory Girls in Leeds

On 5 October I’m giving a free public talk at Leeds Central Library on Flappers and Factory Girls: how young women changed Britain. This invitation, from historians Kate Dossett and Laura King at Leeds University, means a lot to me. As readers of The People will know, my mum hails from Hunslet in Leeds. My first book, Young women, work, and family in England 1918-1950 has a front cover photo of young women workers at a Leeds factory (it is currently priced at 93 quid by Oxford University Press; more than most of those women earned in a year). I am very grateful to the wonderful West Yorkshire Archive Service for allowing me to use that photo and for their help in locating it. For lots of reasons Leeds is a very special city, and I’m delighted to be invited to speak there. For more details see the Events page.

Shelagh Delaney event, 3 Nov 2016

On 3 November 2016 come to Salford’s brilliant Working Class Movement Library to learn more about Shelagh Delaney from me, and to see MaD Theatre Company read a new play by Charlotte Delaney, Sweet Responsibility, about women and friendship. More on the events page.

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.