Smashing It

Working Class Artists on Life, Art and Making It Happen

Edited by Sabrina Mahfouz

Working-class artists are hugely under-represented in the arts industries, facing extra challenges from unpaid work to prejudice, though they make up a third of the British population. How can we break this cycle of inequality?

Smashing It celebrates the achievements of working-class artists in Britain, from the global takeover of Grime musicians to the literary powerhouses pushing representative narratives, also showcasing their works. Offering guidance and inspiration, leading musicians, playwrights, visual artists, filmmakers and writers share how they overcame obstacles, from the financial to the philosophical, to make it in the arts.

An essential read, Smashing It will empower those who will be a part of tomorrow’s bigger picture.

Includes a guide on how to make it in the arts, and contributions from Riz Ahmed, Kerry Hudson, DJ Target, Bridget Minamore, Anthony Anaxagorou, Bryony Kimmings and many more…

About the Editor(s)

Sabrina Mahfouz is a British Egyptian playwright, poet and screenwriter. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the recipient of the 2018 King’s Alumni Arts and Culture Award, a Sky Arts Academy Award for Poetry and a Fringe First Award. Mahfouz is currently writing the biopic of legendary ‘Godfather of Grime’, Wiley, for Pulse Films. She is also the co-founder of the Critics of Colour Collective which helps ensure fairer representation in UK arts criticism. Mahfouz edited The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Writer, a Guardian Book of the Year and a selection for Emma Watson's feminist book club in Jan/Feb 2019, and has published eight works of drama with Bloomsbury. She lives in London. www.sabrinamahfouz.com