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Tom Woodin

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780719091117

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719091117.001.0001

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Alternative publishing and audience participation

Alternative publishing and audience participation

(p.128) 7 Alternative publishing and audience participation
Working-class writing and publishing in the late-twentieth century

Tom Woodin

Manchester University Press

The forms of publishing pursued by workshops built upon an intense local interested in the histories and experiences of ordinary people. It was also well received among radical and labour movement networks. It gave rise to an evangelism to encourage more people to take up writing. However, this model of a responsive readership was to be challenged in the 1980s with the weeding out of alternatives and the imposition of a limited idea of the market which served to marginalise one version of working class writing in the face of new demands for ‘quality’ writing. However, this was a two-way street in which there was an exchange of ideas between formal and informal approaches. It highlights the varied nature of markets and the way that, in certain circumstances, they could be moulded to democratic needs as well as face writers as an alien force.

Keywords:   Working class, Writing, Publishing, Readers, Networks, Markets, Technology

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