Darren McGarvey, aka LOKI, grew up in Pollok. He is a writer, performer, community activist and columnist, and former rapper-in-residence at Police Scotland’s Violence Reduction Unit. He was part of the Poverty Truth Commission that was hosted in Glasgow in 2009 and has presented eight programmes for BBC Scotland exploring the root causes of anti-social behaviour and social deprivation.
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IN THE MEDIA
Third Force News, 20th October 2017: Understand the anger of the underclass
Daily Record, 3rd November 2017: They treat us like primitive cultures
The Guardian, 5th November 2017: As poverty rises, the affluent won’t be able to escape its effects
Commonspace, 10th November 2017: Resisting 'political juvenilia'
Leither, 13th November 2017: The anger of Britain's underclass
LBC, 13th November 2017: Inequality creates opportunities for politicians
BBC Radio 4 Start the Week, 13th November 2017: Anger and deprivation
Tenement TV, 14th November 2017, Loki to donate Poverty Safari live proceeds to food bank
The Scotsman, 15th November 2017, Drink is still calling
The National, 15th November 2017, Eloquent account of childhood in poverty
iNews, 16th November 2017, Minimum alcohol pricing will save lives
The Scotsman, 5th December 2017, Book review of Poverty Safari
The Big Issue, 12th December 2017, Social mobility is the giraffe in the room
Financial Times, 15th December 2017, Poverty Safari: a Scottish rapper’s stirring polemic about deprivation
Watch more of Darren McGarvey's videos here.
coming soon with darren
Season 2 of Under the Skin with Russell Brand
Poverty Safari Live at the Edinburgh Fringe
3-14 AUGUST | 5pm | The Stand’s New Town Theatre
Blending elements of music, comedy and spoken word to bring to life themes of social mobility, class and identity. An attempt to find a way across the ravine while still retaining your sanity. Loki AKA Darren McGarvey's bestselling 2017 book Poverty Safari: Understanding the Anger of Britain’s Underclass blended memoir, journalism and polemic to make an argument that even the left – as well as Conservatives – misunderstand the complexity of poverty as it is experienced and that many traditional ideas on both the left and right are dangerously outdated.
Tickets available here