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Know Your Place

Nathan Connolly


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Know Your Place Is a collection of essays about the working class, written by the working class. We had an open call for writers to submit essays on the lived experience of being working class in the UK today. We were overwhelmed with interest from people wanting to contribute to the book and aimed to choose twenty essays for the final book. In the end we finally managed to whittle it down to twenty-two essays that we felt were not only brilliantly written, but offered unique and fascinating views on working class life.

The final contributors are: Abondance Matanda – The First Galleries I Knew Were Black Homes Andrew McMillan – One of Us: Some Thoughts on Sexuality and the Working Class Catherine O’Flynn – Heroes Gena-mour Barrett – Living on an Estate Gave me a Community I Never Knew I Needed Rebecca Winson – Disguised Malicious Murder: The Working Class and Mental Health Sam Mills – The Benefits Cut Sylvia Arthur – My Jobs, My Lives Wally Jiagoo – Glass Windows and Glass Ceilings Kate Fox – The Wrong Frequency Yvonne Singh – More Than Just a Dream Land: Why the British Seaside Means So Much to the Working Class Lee Rourke – Forging a Path Laura Waddell – The Pleasure Button: Low Income Food Inequality Kit De Waal – What Happened to Working Class Writers? Alexandros Plasatis – The Immigrant of Narborough Road Ben Gwalchmai – Where There’s Shit, There’s Gold Cath Bore – The Housework Issue (The Other One) Dominic Grace – The Death of a Pub Sian Norris – Growing Up Outside Class Peter Sutton – Education, Education, Education Rym Kechacha – What Colour is a Chameleon? Durre Shahwar – Navigating Space Kath McKay – Reclaiming the Vulgar

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