Can literature solve poverty?

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Paul McVeigh, Aaron Reeves, Sarah Shaffi and Kit de Waal reflect on whether literature can solve poverty.

In the run up to the LSE Festival: Beveridge 2.0, rethinking the welfare state for the 21st Century, we brought together a panel to discuss the relationship between literature and poverty. They reflect on questions such as: do you need money to access literature? If not, why are there comparatively few working-class writers? And can literature actively play a part in reducing financial hardship? Kit de Waal, author of My Name is Leon and editor of the forthcoming Common People: An Anthology of Working Class Writers will be joined by playwright, novelist and short story writer Paul McVeigh and Aaron Reeves, Associate Professorial Research Fellow at the LSE, whose work looks at the causes and consequences of social, economic and cultural inequality. The conversation is chaired by journalist Sarah Shaffi

Recorded on: February 15, 2018
Recorded at: London School of Economics