The People: in shops now

The People: the rise and fall of the working class, 1910-2010

Below you can find details of launch events and talks at which I’ll discuss my research on working-class life and the importance of working-class people’s own voices for the history of the last century. Joining me at these events are some fantastic speakers and writers interested in class and inequality, including Melissa Benn, Lynsey Hanley and Kate Pickett

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What would a National Education Service look like? Manchester, 29 Oct

I’ll be chairing a discussion with Melissa Benn, author of Life Lessons, and Professor Diane Reay, author of Miseducation, about the future of our education system. Plenty of opportunity for audience questions and discussion. Friends Meeting House, Manchester, 7pm. Booking free but essential here

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.