Saturday 16 June 2018
Class Matters: authors from the Know Your Place anthology and elsewhere discuss class and writing.
Class matters, even now in the 21st century. It can define your destiny, your personality, and your friendships. It can lift you up or hold you back. And it has also had a huge impact on who and what gets published in Britain. In 2017, Dead Ink Press published the pioneering anthology Know Your Place in which working class writers addressed these issues and inequalities head on. The New Statesman called it “revelatory”.
Panellists: Yvonne Singh, Abondance Matanda, Shiromi Pinto
Chaired by Matthew De Abaitua.
Yvonne Singh is a journalist, writer and editor. She has spent two decades working in national newspapers and magazines and her work has appeared in The Guardian, The Mirror, The Evening Standard and the Observer. She also worked for eight years as the Guardian‘s Assistant Letters Editor,
Abondance Matanda is a writer and photographer from London. As well as being a contributor to the Know Your Place anthology, she has written for gal-dem, LAW and Sula Collective. Since 2015, she’s self-published three poetry books, including Destructive Disruptive (which she stapled together herself while doing her GCSEs) and Da Poetry of My Existence. Vice say she is a “wizard with words”.
Shiromi Pinto first novel Trussed was published by Serpent’s Tail in 2006 and her short stories and travel memoirs have been broadcast on the BBC and published in wide variety of places. She grew up in Canada, giving her a valuable outsiders perspective on our crazy class system.