I've published a new creative essay with Manchester's Commonword:
'Landfill - the search for home in art, class and gentrification'
It took a long long time to write, and is also the first time I got a continuity edit from my parents!
This is something I have been trying to/wanting to write for many years, as it weaves through immigration and housing and the creative lives of the dismissed. As it weaves through my family and the opportunities we had and didn't have. As it moves.
I have a long held fascination with landfills and tips and recycling centres and the lyrical part of my mind says that's from having lived above them, knowing that the offcuts of thousands of lives lie below. All that plastic, all that past.
Commonword commissioned me to dive into their 40+ year old archive and write what it inspired - so here it is. Working class story, working class art.