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Festival of Politics: In Conversation with Darren McGarvey

  • Scottish Parliament Edinburgh EH99 1SP (map)

Orwell Prize winner Darren McGarvey will be appearing at the Scottish Parliament's Festival of Politics 2018, both as a panellist and in a 1-1 interview event.

Posh or Poor? in partnership with the Scottish Youth Parliament
The demise of forelock tugging and shuffling Downton Abbey deference to those 'upstairs' may have made class less obvious, but with inequality and poverty rising, has Britain really thrown off its mantle of class rideen obsession? Are our lives still determined by the class in which we are born? Does social mobility and meritocracy still apply, or is that just a myth upheld by the ruling classes? Does the responsibility for solving poverty lie with the individual, the community or the government? Panellists include Claire Ainsley, Director of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and author of The New Working Class, Darren McGarvey aka Loki the rapper, social commentator and author of Poverty Safari, and David Aaronovitch, The Times.

In conversation with the Rt Hon Ken Macintosh MSP, Darren will discuss many of the trenchant issues raised in Poverty Safari, debating the political representation of the unrepresented and the need to find common ground and shared humanity across lines of political and social opposition.

Tickets for this event are £8/£6 and are available from the Festival of Politics events page.

Earlier Event: September 18
Robert Service - Poet of the Yukon