Common People is a collection of essays, poems and memoir written in celebration, not apology: these are narratives rich in barbed humour, reflecting the depth and texture of working-class life, the joy and sorrow, the solidarity and the ...
Author: Kit de Waal
Publisher: Unbound Publishing
Working-class stories are not always tales of the underprivileged and dispossessed. Common People is a collection of essays, poems and memoir written in celebration, not apology: these are narratives rich in barbed humour, reflecting the depth and texture of working-class life, the joy and sorrow, the solidarity and the differences, the everyday wisdom and poetry of the woman at the bus stop, the waiter, the hairdresser. Here, Kit de Waal brings together thirty-three established and emerging writers who invite you to experience the world through their eyes, their voices loud and clear as they reclaim and redefine what it means to be working class. Features original pieces from Damian Barr, Malorie Blackman, Lisa Blower, Jill Dawson, Louise Doughty, Stuart Maconie, Chris McCrudden, Lisa McInerney, Paul McVeigh, Daljit Nagra, Dave O’Brien, Cathy Rentzenbrink, Anita Sethi, Tony Walsh, Alex Wheatle and more.
My first instinct in writing Common People was to find the people who had been
missing from my past. I wanted not so much to rescue them from 'the
condescension of posterity' – Edward Thompson's marvellous phrase in The
Making of the ...
Author: Alison Light
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
"First published in 2014 by the Penguin Group"--Title page verso.
Unless one is a professional philologist he feels little interest in the language of
the common people. Its peculiarities in pronunciation, syntax, phraseology, and
the use of words we are inclined to avoid in our own speech, because they mark
Author: Frank Frost Abbott
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
Reproduction of the original: The Common People of Ancient Rome by Frank Frost Abbott
WASTED YOUTH is a biographical 'slice of life' fiction spanning fifteen years in the times of John Hay and his growing up in and around a southern English council estate in the late 1960s to early 1980s.
Author: Martin Knight
Publisher: Mainstream Publishing Company
WASTED YOUTH is a biographical 'slice of life' fiction spanning fifteen years in the times of John Hay and his growing up in and around a southern English council estate in the late 1960s to early 1980s. As John Hay charts the choppy waters from boyhood to manhood he encounters bullying, child abuse, poverty, racism, violence, sex, drugs, bereavement and even murder. But the spirit, humour and inventiveness of the community he vividly describes provides a human and hopeful pulse. But as he approaches forty years of age, Hay recalls these formative times and the characters, good and bad, that he grew up with. He reflects on the various paths their lives have taken and mourns for a time when he never felt more alive. This process spurs him into doing something not even he can understand.
Why this happened and how this subject was thought about and acted upon is the focus of this book.
Author: Paul Long
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
“corrupt and moronic though the common people are seemingly becoming ... only in the common people can the true work be rooted, the true tradition rediscovered and re-informed” Charles Parker, BBC Radio Producer 1959. In 1958, in his best-selling book Culture and Society, Raymond Williams identified working-class culture as ‘a key issue in our own time’. Why this happened and how this subject was thought about and acted upon is the focus of this book. Paul Long investigates a variety of projects and practices that were designed to describe, validate, reclaim, rejuvenate or generate ‘authentic’ working-class culture as part of the re-imagining of Britishness in the context of the post-war settlement. Detailed case studies cover the wartime cultural activities of CEMA – the forerunner of the Arts Council - the Folk Revival, the impact of Richard Hoggart’s The Uses of Literacy, broadcasting and the radio work of Charles Parker, Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger, the roots of modern arts festivals in Arnold Wesker’s Centre 42 project as well as the impact of progressive education on children’s writing and the politics of the English language. ‘Only in the Common People: The Aesthetics of Class in Post-War Britain’ examines the assumptions, idealism and prejudices behind these projects and the terms of class as ‘the preoccupation of a generation’. This approach offers a historicisation of the broader ideas and debates that informed the development of the New Left and British social history and cultural theory, offering an understanding of the rise of respect for ‘the common man’.
The son of a humble Scottish crofter & never more than a poor laborer himself, this self-taught genius became the sensation of the English literary scene upon the publication of his first poems.
Author: William Stewart
Publisher: Ardent Media
The son of a humble Scottish crofter & never more than a poor laborer himself, this self-taught genius became the sensation of the English literary scene upon the publication of his first poems. This monograph discusses the sources of his poems, & emphasizes that close bond Burns always maintained with the Scottish common people which gave his poems universal meaning.