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Richard Hoggart was born 101 years ago, and published his most famous book, The Uses of Literacy, in 1957, yet his writing remains relevant today. Why should we still read him? In this talk I will discuss the significance of his urban Yorkshire upbringing to his interpretation of ‘the full rich life’, and how his emotionally troubling journey through the education system formed one of ‘four or five tributaries’ –to use his words – that fed into his writing. In a time when the unifying threads of our disparate and varied culture seem to be fraying, his work offers a striking contribution to our understanding of how cultures are lived and generated.

Lynsey Hanley was born in Birmingham and lives in Liverpool. She is the author of ESTATES: AN INTIMATE HISTORY (Granta, 2007), RESPECTABLE: THE EXPERIENCE OF CLASS (Penguin, 2016), and wrote the Introduction to the Penguin Modern Classics edition of Richard Hoggart’s THE USES OF LITERACY (2009). She is a regular contributor to the Guardian, the Financial Times and the LRB blog,and is a visiting research fellow at Liverpool John Moores University.

Free admission, all welcome


University of Hull
Cottingham Road
01482 465683


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Opening times

Monday 10am-5pm
Tuesday 10am - 7pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm

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