literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature

Smash It: Working Class Artists Making It Happen

Join us for the launch of Smashing It, an anthology of working-class artists on art, life and making it happen.

On the night, many of these artists showcase and perform their work, offering tips and personal insights.

Hear directly from leading working-class musicians, playwrights, visual artists, filmmakers, actors, writers and more as they share how they overcame obstacles, from the financial to the philosophical, to make it in the arts.

Working-class artists are hugely under-represented in the arts industries, and they face extra challenges, from unpaid work to prejudice, even though they make up a third of the British population. How can we break this cycle of inequality?

Smashing It, edited by poet and playwright Sabrina Mahfouz, brings together 30 artists, including Wiley, Malorie Blackman, Riz Ahmed and Michaela Coel.

In three parts – ‘art’, ‘life’ and ‘making it happen’ – this book celebrates the striking art being created right now by working-class artists, includes reflections on how class has impacted these creators’ careers and offers advice about getting involved in the arts industry.

Dynamic and colourful, Smashing It is an empowering movement for those who will be a part of tomorrow’s bigger picture.

Dates & times

23 Sep 2019
Approximate run time: 90 mins
Run times may vary, find out more


Purcell Room


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)


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need to know

Age recommendation
For ages 16+

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