21st December 2013 Work, Non-Work, Ambition and Happiness

A short while ago I was pleased to have a poem included in the ‘Poems for Free­dom’ col­lec­tion, pub­lished in aid of the fire­bombed Free­dom Book­shop in Lon­don. I cer­tainly don’t con­sider myself a ‘poet’ and my con­tri­bu­tion (which began life as a daft rhyme writ­ten to fill in the silence of a long car…

10th December 2013 It Shouldn’t Happen To A Santa

I have, for some time now, been mildly obsessed by Christ­mas. By this I don’t mean that I walk around for twelve months of the year hum­ming Christ­mas car­ols, or wear­ing rein­deer socks (though I must admit to own­ing a pair or two). It’s more to do with the fact that for an event that…

5th December 2013 All in a Day’s Work: Changing Understandings of Occupations

Work acts as a pow­er­ful ‘class clue’, but the nature of our rela­tion­ship to, and under­stand­ing of, work is a change­able one. Bound­aries blur and par­tic­u­lar under­stand­ings of both role and worker seem less fixed than per­haps they once were. This, along­side the cur­rent eco­nomic cri­sis, with its asso­ci­ated polit­i­cal dis­courses around irre­spon­si­ble ‘scroungers’ and…

3rd December 2013 Métier

Laura Braun’s new col­lec­tion of pho­tographs of small busi­nesses in Lon­don and the peo­ple who run them, Métier, has just been pub­lished by Paper Tigers Books. There is a book launch tonight at The Pho­tog­ra­phers’ Gallery in Lon­don – all are wel­come! The pho­tographs in this col­lec­tion and the sto­ries that accom­pany them are each…