Working-Class Writers Festival

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It’s taken me three years to make the festival a reality, but a lifetime to highlight the barriers we working-class writers face every day; that’s why I’ve created a festival for future generations of writers, an accessible festival that will celebrate the work of working-class writers and gift our community with a sense of pride. The festival will not only provide a platform for working-class writers but will set a precedence among future festivals to make attendance more affordable and accessible to all.’ Natasha Carthew

The festival and the wider engagement programme provided much-needed exposure to working-class writers and bring inspiration to young people from similar backgrounds. It showcased authentic stories reflective of and relatable to the experiences of working-class communities. Running from 21 to 24 October 2021, the festival used physical and digital spaces, and included panel discussions, speaker events and workshops. Events took place in a wide variety of locations around the city, including local libraries. All events were free.

Writers that appeared include Val McDermid, Paul Mendez, Carmen Marcus, Mohsin Zaidi, Anita Sethi, Mahsuda Snaith, Lorraine Brown, Kalwant Bhopal, Mark Hodkinson, Paul Sng, Cash Carraway, Coco Kahn, Sam Missingham, Terri White, Rachel Trezize, Tony Walsh, Dr Wanda Wyporska, Paul McVeigh, Sadie Hasler, Basit Mahmood, Dave O’Brian, Laura Henry-Allain, Tanya Shadwick, Simon Kvosi, Mary O’Hara, Amer Anwar, Jessica Andrews, James McDermott, Sharon Duggal, Cole Moreton, Conrad Murray, Dr Pragya Agarwal, Una, Sarah Shaffi, Hamza Jahanzeb, Niamh Mulvey, Emma Glass, Brian Reade, Caroline Carpenter, Eve Ainsworth, Chris Walsh, Julie Rea, Simon Moreton, Angie Belcher, Tania Harrison, Juliet Pickering, Sam Hodder, Julia Silk, Jenny Knight, Stewart Lansley, Joelle Taylor and Yvonne Bailey-Smith.



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