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Alan Bennett - Unexpected Activist

Alan Bennett - Unexpected Activist
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18 Sep 2019 6pm - 7pm

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Leeds Central Library

Municipal Buildings, Calverley Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AB


In this illustrated talk, Dr Kara McKechnie (Lecturer in Dramaturgy, University of Leeds) explores local hero Alan Bennett’s politics and the way they are expressed through his work. Bennett is not typically seen as a political author and this may be due to his public persona, or his use of humour, sometimes seen as incompatible with taking a political stand. From his early television work, however, Bennett brought those who are ignored or marginalised to our view and has regularly called out privatisation, austerity and disparity in education in his diaries, talks and plays. The roots of these strongly held beliefs lie in his Leeds upbringing, which shall also be a focus of the talk.


There will be an opportunity for discussion in a Q+A afterwards.


 Part of Heritage Open Days


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