A growing call for a more accurate reflection of working class life is gathering momentum both within the publishing industry and amongst writers finding their audiences outside of it. How we define the working class is a much debated and heavily politicised conversation. Still, while the debate wages on, writing that accurately reflects the diverse experiences of everyday life for the working class continues to go undiscovered, unpublished and unseen. Gatekeeping, a mainstream preference for standard tropes of struggle and a lack of resources are just some of the barriers facing many would be writers.
As part of Feminist Book Fortnight we’ve gathered a rockin panel to tell us why working class narratives are so absent from mainstream literature – and shine a light on those that are out there!
The panel will ask who gets published and which stories get to be told. Bringing together four writers and editors, each from with different roles and routes into writing, the discussion will reflect on the barriers faced by potential writers. It will also consider the impact of independent and self-publishing that is creating change from outside more traditional means of publishing and contributing to changes within it.
So meet the panel!
Our chair is the brilliant Kate O’Sullivan – a published writer, podcast host and advocate for change. Through writing, broadcasting and photography, Kate is documenting and making visible every day moments in life and giving voice to things often left unsaid. Kate works full time to self-publish essays and fortnightly podcasts that are reflections on identity for herself, her interviewees and her audience.
Kate will be in conversation with:
Rachael Lucas is a Scottish writer whose most recent YA novel The State of Grace was lauded by critics as a rare, honest and hugely compelling romance starring a character with Aspergers. She is a certified coach who offers workshops on Autism and teaches mindfulness and meditation.
Laura Waddell is a writer, critic and publisher from Glasgow. Her works of fiction and narrative non-fiction published in 3:AM Magazine, McSweeneys, the Independent, Parallel, The Pool, and several books including Nasty Women, Know Your Place, and The Digital Critic.
Katie Brown is commissioning editor at Trapeze, an independent commercial fiction & non fiction imprint of Orion. She has previously worked as senior publicity manager at Headline and Tinder Press and is passionate about pushing the boundaries of publishing, building diverse and electrifying lists of fiction that will kick off a host of conversations.
**We have 15 free places available for this event, if you are unable to pay £3for a ticket please do get in touch by giving the bookshop a call or popping in and we will add your name to the guest list! **
The bookshop does have a step at its entrance and we do not yet have a ramp; staff are more than happy to help in any way they can. If you are not able to attend this event in person but would like to take part, we will be livestreaming the discussion – simply email the bookshop if you’re interested in watching and we’ll send you the details!