Common People: where are the working class writers?

Common People – An Anthology of Working Class Writing


Inspired by a shared concern that working class voices are increasingly absent from the pages of books and newspapers, Kit de Waal has come together with Unbound and Writing West Midlands, alongside the other regional writing organisations, to publish new writers with established writers and to provide a writing development programme.

Common People will bring together sixteen well-known writers from working class backgrounds with an equal number of new writers.

Be published alongside Damian Barr, Malorie Blackman OBE, Lisa Blower, Jill Dawson, Louise Doughty, Stuart Maconie, Chris McCrudden, Lisa McInerney, Paul McVeigh, Daljit Nagra, Dr Dave O’Brien, Cathy Rentzenbrink, Anita Sethi, Adelle Stripe, Tony Walsh, and Alex Wheatle.

Writing West Midlands sought submissions of personal memoir from writers in the West Midlands who are largely unpublished for inclusion in the anthology. The two writers selected will be published in Common People and will be offered writer development support from Writing West Midlands.


The deadline for submission was 12noon, Friday 2 March 2018.


Successful applicants will be notified soon.