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Last updated:08 October 2018

Not just 'Love on the dole': Walter Greenwood and working class writing

Event location: Working Class Movement Library/University of

Date: 10th Oct 2018

Event time: 13:00 to 18:30

This event will mark the publication of Chris Hopkins’s new book on Walter Greenwood, as well as the 85th anniversary of the publication of Love on the dole, and 115 years since Greenwood was born. 

It is a joint event between the University of Salford and the Working Class Movement Library. There will be academic talks in the afternoon, with accompanying small exhibition, at the Working Class Movement Library, followed by a reception for the book launch at the newly refurbished University Library.

Walter Greenwood election addressSchedule

1.00 – 2.30 Session one, WCML (three talks of 20 minutes plus questions)

Dr. Jack Windle (Independent academic researcher) - Love on the dole and its reception since the 1930s

Dr. Phil O’Brien (University of Manchester) - After Love on the dole: class conflict in Walter Greenwood's His Worship the Mayor

Dr. Benjamin Kohlmann (University of Freiburg) - Proletarian modernism: Sommerfield, Barke and Greenwood

2.30 – 3.00 Tea break

3.00 – 4.30 Session two, WCML (three talks of 20 minutes plus questions)

Dr. Claire Warden (Loughborough University)  Ugliness and beauty: the politics of landscape in Walter Greenwood's Love on the dole

Dr. Natasha Periyan (Goldsmiths, University of London)  - Writers of the old school

Professor Chris Hopkins (Sheffield Hallam University) - Love on the dole’s lost sibling: Walter Greenwood and Arthur Wragg’s The cleft stick


5.00 – 6.30 Launch of Walter Greenwood’s 'Love on the dole', novel, play, film, Clifford Whitworth Library, University of Salford


Admission free, all welcome.