“You write what’s said, you don’t lie,” wrote playwright Andrea Dunbar, “or say it didn’t happen when it did, all the time.” Dunbar caused scandal and amazement in the 1980s with her works The Arbor; Rita, Sue, and Bob Too; and Shirley; with their vivid depictions of working-class Bradford life centred on young women.

Join Lisa Holdsworth, writer and adaptor of Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile, a novel about Dunbar’s life, and Beth Johnson of University of Leeds, as they discuss Dunbar’s legacy, and examine what has changed—and what has remained the same—for working-class women writers and representations of working-class women on stage and screen.

This event is presented by Freedom Studios.

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