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Kickstarter: Know Your Place - Essays on the Working Class By the Working Class

Dead Ink Books is crowdfunding for Know Your Place - 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-three 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


Pledge rewards include signed, hardback editions of the book and the money raised also goes towards free manuscript appraisal for four authors from vulnerable or marginalised backgrounds. Pledge here!