These bite size essays from the author of Testo Junkie offer urgent and transgressive routes beyond the grim horizons of our current social and political landscape. For anyone seeking to uncover what it is to live and write radically, this is essential reading.
Join us as we welcome Sabrina Mahfouz, editor of the new anthology SMASHING IT: WORKING CLASS ARTISTS ON LIFE, ART, AND MAKING IT HAPPEN, for a discussion of the experiences of working class artists with contributor Salena Godden.
Working-class artists continue to be hugely underrepresented in the arts industries, though they make up a third of the British population. These professions are already notoriously hard to get into, but working class artists face extra challenges, from unpaid work reinforcing social disparity, to prejudice. How do we break this cycle of inequality in the arts?
In Smashing It, leading musicians, playwrights, visual artists, filmmakers and writers share how they overcame obstacles, from the financial to the philosophical, to make it in the arts. Edited by acclaimed poet and playwright Sabrina Mahfouz, it celebrates the achievements of working class artists in Britain, from the global takeover of Grime musicians to the literary powerhouses pushing representative narratives, and empowers those who will be a part of tomorrow's cultural landscape.
Includes a guide section on how to make it in the arts, and contributions from Kerry Hudson, DJ Target, Riz Ahmed, Bridget Minamore, Anthony Anaxagorou, Salena Godden, Madani Younis and Bryony Kimmings, among others.
Sabrina Mahfouz is the editor of THE THINGS I WOULD TELL YOU: BRITISH MUSLIM WOMEN WRITE, a 2017 Guardian Book of the Year and the forthcoming SMASHING IT: WORKING CLASS ARTISTS ON LIFE, ART, AND MAKING IT HAPPEN. She has recently been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and is the recipient of the 2018 King's Alumni Arts & Culture Award. She has won a Sky Arts Academy Award for Poetry, a Westminster Prize for New Playwrights and a Fringe First Award for her play Chef. Her play With a Little Bit of Luck won the 2019 Best Drama Production at the BBC Radio & Music Awards. She also writes for children and her play Zeraffa Giraffa won a 2018 Off West End Award. She's an essay contributor to the multi-award-winning THE GOOD IMMIGRANT and is currently writing a biopic of the rapper and producer Wiley, for Pulse Films.
Salena Godden is one of Britain’s foremost poets whose electrifying live performances have earned her a devoted following. Her latest poetry collection, PESSIMISM IS FOR LIGHTWEIGHTS, was published by Rough Trade Books in July 2018 in the first Rough Trade Editions series. Her earlier books include the poetry collections UNDER THE PIER and FISHING IN THE AFTERMATH: POEMS 1994-2014, and the literary childhood memoir SPRINGFIELD ROAD (Unbound), and her essay ‘Shade’ was published in the ground breaking essay anthology THE GOOD IMMIGRANT. Her live poetry album LIVEwire was released with indie spoken word label Nymphs and Thugs and was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award.
Join us as we mark the publication of DADDY ISSUES by Katherine Angel, the latest pocket essay from Hackney's Peninsula Press.
In the wake of #MeToo, we have begun to talk more openly about the widespread harm inflicted by men on women. But little has been said about the fact that many of these men are also fathers.
Bold, challenging and nuanced, Daddy Issues examines the place of fathers in contemporary culture and asks how the mixture of love and hatred we feel towards our fathers can be turned into a relationship that is generative rather than destructive. If we are to effectively dismantle patriarchy, it is vital that fathers are kept on the hook.
Praise for Daddy Issues:
‘A timely, necessary work from one of our most vital thinkers. Moving with ease across psychoanalysis, popular culture and literary criticism, weaponising the thought of Woolf, Winnicott and Solanas, Daddy Issues flips the familial script and takes aim at all our Daddies: domestic, cultural, patriarchal, even presidential. The result is a wincingly perceptive, deeply engaged book, one that takes us into the dark heart of a cultural fixation, then shows us, with deep care and empathy, the way back out.’ — Sam Byers, author of Perfidious Albion
‘This is a brave and brilliant book by one of the most insightful and articulate writers at work today. Katherine Angel is unafraid to look head on at the forgotten figure in feminism’s critique of patriarchy: the father. All of us, daughters and sons, mothers and fathers, are enriched by confronting these libidinal energies, these daddy issues at the centre of all of our lives.’ — Lauren Elkin, author of Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London
Katherine Angel is the author of Unmastered: A Book on Desire, Most Difficult to Tell (Penguin; Farrar, Straus & Giroux) and Daddy Issues (Peninsula Press). She teaches creative and critical writing at Birkbeck College, University of London, and has a PhD in the history of sexuality and psychiatry.
Helen Charman is a writer, teacher, and researcher based in London. Her poems have appeared in Paratext, The White Review, Blackbox Manifold, Datableed, and Carcanet's New Poetries VII. Her first pamphlet, Support, support, came out from Offord Road Books in 2018 and was previously shortlisted for the White Review Poet's Prize, and her second, Daddy Poem, came out with SPAM Press in March 2019, and was shortlisted for the Ivan Juritz Prize. Her essays have been published in The White Review, The Stinging Fly, The Baffler, King’s Review and Another Gaze. She is currently completing a PhD thesis at the University of Cambridge, which looks at the relationship between maternity, empire, and capitalism in mid-to-late nineteenth-century social realist fiction.