Celebrating the work of two eminent authors

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THE work of two men who were influential in 20th Century social change, and spent parts of their lives in Hastings, is to be celebrated at a conference next week.

Authors Robert Tressell and Raymond Williams made significant contributions to literary and cultural studies, communications and social and political theory.

The conference, hosted by The University of Brighton in Hastings, will take place at the Havelock Road building on Tuesday (September 20), from 9.30am to 5.30pm.

Academics, researchers, trade unionists and local historians will explore the work of the two men, and their impact on contemporary research, practice and activists.

Their links to Hastings will also be discussed.

This year marks the centenary of the death of Robert Tressell who wrote the novel The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, regarded as a classic of working class literature, and 50 years since the publication of Raymond Williams’ The Long Revolution, which recognised the cultural revolution, which saw the growth of the popular press.

Speakers include Professor Stuart Laing, deputy vice-chancellor of the University of Brighton and author of Representations of Working-class Life; Howard Brenton, who wrote a stage adaptation of The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists, and Professor Ian Haywood, of Roehampton University, who wrote Working-class Fiction: From Chartism to ‘Trainspotting’.

For more information, go to http://tinyurl.com/3por4t3.