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
My next book, Tastes of Honey, a biography of playwright Shelagh Delaney, is now available to order from Chatto and Windus. You can read more about it on the Shelagh Delaney page of this website.
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
Join me in conversation with Melissa Benn about her thought-provoking new book Life Lessons at Blackwell’s Bookshop in Oxford at 7pm. Booking free but essential here
On 20 October 2018 I’ll be speaking on what difference one hundred years of some women having the vote has made, at a County Durham CLP women’s conference. Yay for women’s conferences!
On 22 Feb I’m joining Jon Trickett MP to discuss academies – why they’re a terrible idea and what we can do to replace them. Please come and join the discussion. Details here:
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.
I’ll be talking as part of a panel on this photographer’s work in working-class districts of postwar London. More details here