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Poetry of the Working Class

Culture Matters presents Poetry of the Working Class. Five great London-based poets, all published or about to be published by Culture Matters, will read their poetry.
There will be performances from:
  • Fran Lock
  • Peter Raynard
  • Martin Hayes
  • Alan Dunnett
  • Nadia Drews

All widely published with pamphlets and collections, all telling performers. The poems cover many aspects of working class life, including work, politics, and culture.

You'll hear some rather special poets read some very special words, so be there!


Fran Lock is the author of four books: Flatrock (Little Episodes, 2011), The Mystic and the Pig Thief (Salt, 2014), Dogtooth (Out-Spoken Press, 2017) and Muses & Bruises (Manifesto Press, 2017). Her work is concerned with the unlikely strategies for resistance in the lives of working-class women and girls. 

Peter Raynard is the author of two books: Precarious (Smokestack, 2018) and The Combination: a poetic coupling of the Communist Manifesto (Culture Matters, 2018).

Martin Hayes has worked in the London courier industry for over 30 years. He is the author of four books: Letting Loose The Hounds (Redbeck Press), When We Were Almost Like Men (Smokestack), The Things Our Hands Once Stood For (Culture Matters) and Roar! (Smokestack, 2018).

Nadia Drews grew up in San Francisco sun and Greater Manchester mizzle. She is a former Farrago Poetry Slam Champion who protests through songs and plays including the pub-staged I Love Vinegar Vera (What becomes of the Broken Hearted). She is currently working on a collection for Culture Matters to be published later this year. 

Alan Dunnett works mainly at Drama Centre, CSM, where he is also a UCU rep. His poetry has appeared online and in print including Stand, Skylight 47, The Rialto, The Recusant, The Robin Hood Book, The Best New British and Irish Poets 2016 (Eyewear). A Third Colour is Alan’s debut collection (Culture Matters, 2018).

Dates and times
7:30 pm | Sun 22 Jul 2018
The Torriano Meeting House
99 Torriano Avenue
Kentish Town
£5/£4 (according to pocket)