I’m delighted to have been invited by editor Sabrina Mahfouz to be part of this anthology about working class artists – a story close to my heart. Especially happy to be alongside writers I admire and could talk to for days , Kerry Hudson and Selena Godden.
Here’s what the Bookseller had to say –
Saqi imprint The Westbourne Press has bought world English rights to Smashing It: Working Class Artists on Life, Art and Making It Happen, edited by poet and playwright Sabrina Mahfouz, recently made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
The book began when Mahfouz wrote a tweet about how being working class has been the principle obstacle she has faced in the arts, although she is only ever asked about her gender or ethnicity. The tweet was viewed 214,727 times and clicked on almost 7,000 times, and prompted a host of responses. Mahfouz took this as a call to action and set up a free workshop to help working class writers access UK arts funding, The success of that first workshop, which attracted people from around the country, meant Mahfouz now holds them monthly.