Darren McGarvey


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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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.

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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complexity of poverty as it is experienced and that many traditional ideas on both the left and right are dangerously outdated.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