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WoWFEST: Class of ’23

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As the economy spirals into turmoil and workers from all sectors take to the picket lines in demand for better wages and conditions, WoWFEST is raising its banner high.

WoWFEST: Class of ‘23 invites everyone to join them in a month-long celebration of working-class culture and life, in all its diversity. 

Their line-up of writers, artists, and commentators will explore the ways in which class shapes our perceptions, experiences, opportunities, and culture, and how we view our place in the world. They’ll delve into the impact of race, gender, and sexual orientation on class, and examine how literature addresses or reinforces class inequality.

Join WoWFEST: Class of ’23 and be part of the change you want to see – make your voice heard in the campaign for social equality!

Meet the class of ’23

Michael Rosen, Travis Alabanza, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Lowkey, Shami Chakrabarti, Gary Younge, Kenan Malik, Joelle Taylor, Kit De Waal, Chris Nineham, Tomiwa Owolade, She Drew The Gun, Peter Hooton + Many more!

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To find the full WOWFest Class of ’23 events visit writingonthewall.org.uk/whats-on

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