The Covid lockdowns drew new attention to the extent of the deprivation that scars Britain. But two years on, little has changed – and for millions of people, the cost of living crisis is making things even worse. I wrote about Stu Hennigan’s Ghost Signs: Poverty and the Pandemic for Tribune.
The rise of Shelagh Delaney. I wrote a cover essay about the playwright for the November 2019 issue of the TLS.
I interviewed artist and educator Sonia Boyce about art, life and lessons learnt for the Royal Academy’s ‘As I see it’ series. She talked about tuition fees, a love of Liberty and why we should all be prepared to dream of something different.
I reviewed the Elizabeth Price-curated show, IN A DREAM YOU SAW A WAY TO SURVIVE AND WERE FULL OF JOY, for frieze. The review is published online at frieze.com and in the September/October/November 2016 print issue.
Set in a northern industrial town in the Great Depression, the 1941 film Love on the Dole is about economic hardship, the withdrawal of benefits, and the struggle for better conditions for the working classes. Continue reading “Love on the Dole”