February 15, 2018
Can literature solve poverty?
In the run up to the LSE Festival: Beveridge 2.0, rethinking the welfare state for the 21st Century, we bring together a panel to discuss the relationship between literature and poverty. They reflect on questions such as: do you need money to access literature? If not, why are there comparatively few working-class writers? And can literature actively play a part in reducing financial hardship? Kerry Hudson, whose forthcoming book, Lowborn, looks at her own childhood and our attitudes towards poverty today, is joined by Kit de Waal, author of My Name is Leon, and Aaron Reeves, Associate Professorial Research Fellow at the LSE, whose work looks at the causes and consequences of social, economic and cultural inequality. The conversation will be chaired by journalist Sarah Shaffi.
This event is free and open to all, but a ticket is required. Public tickets can be requested via www.lse.ac.uk/events from 8 February.
This event will be British Sign Language interpreted.
We are grateful to the Royal Literary Fund for sponsoring this event.
LSE, Clement House
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