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Bruce Wilkinson - talk on three Lancastrian poets of the '60s

Event location: Working Class Movement Library

Date: 5th Jul 2017

Event time: 14:00 to 15:00

Bruce Wilkinson's new book Hidden culture, forgotten history: a northern poetic underground and its countercultural impact (Penniless Press) looks at the 1960s publishing and political activities of three working class Lancastrian poets. It assesses the literary influence of Jim Burns, Dave Cunliffe and Tina Morris and traces the impact of their activism on the development of an underground still in evidence today.

The work places the trio within a long history of northern radicalism and as part of the post-war 'little poetry magazine' explosion which transmitted a wave of US experimental literature alongside British avant-garde poetry that together transformed the modern literary canon.

Original research connects the poets with the development of alternative bookshops, anti-racist associations, environmental campaigns, collectives, communes and numerous leftist organisations from the late 1960s through to the early 1990s. More broadly it highlights how a wealth of non-metropolitan, British working-class culture has previously been undervalued.

This talk is part of the Invisible Histories series - all welcome, admission free, light refreshments afterwards.

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