Smashing It: Working Class Artists on Life, Art and Making It Happen
DescriptionSmashing 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...
February 25, 2020
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About the Author
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 arts criticism. Mahfouz edited The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write, a Guardian Book of the Year and also selected for Emma Watson's book club in Jan/Feb 2019, and has published eight works of drama with Bloomsbury. www.sabrinamahfouz.com
Bryony Kimmings is a live artist based in London, UK. She is an associate artist of the Soho Theatre. She creates multi-platform art works to provoke change, centring mostly around "social experiments" which in the past have included the artist retracing an STI to its source, spending seven days in a controlled environment in a constant state of intoxication and becoming a pop star invented by a nine-year-old.
Riz Ahmed, also known by his stage name, Riz MC, is a British Pakistani actor, rapper, and activist. As an actor, he has won one Emmy Award, out of two Emmy nominations, and was also nominated for a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award, and three British Independent Film Awards.
Bridget Minamore is a writer from and based in south-east London, who has written with the National Theatre's New Views programme, and the Royal Opera House. As a poet she has read her work nationally and internationally, from Cheltenham Lit Fest an the Southbank Centre, to literary festivals in Rome, Vancouver and Kraków.