WHO DOES NOT ENVY WITH US IS AGAINST US – Maria Fusco in conversation with Gareth Gavin

  • DATE

    22 February 2024

  • TIME

    6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

  • AGES

    All ages welcome




    Blackwell's Bookshop Manchester
    University Green, 146 Oxford Rd, Manchester, M13 9GP

Blackwell’s Manchester are delighted to be working with the University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing to welcome Maria Fusco to the shop to talk about her new book WHO DOES NOT ENVY WITH US IS AGAINST US – Three Essays on Being Working Class. Maria will be in conversation with Gareth Gavin (Never Was).

Doors: 6.30, starts: 6.45

Tickets are £3.00 or free when ordering a copy of the book. WHO DOES NOT ENVY WITH US IS AGAINST US will also be available to purchase on the night and Maria will be signing copies after the talk. If you would like a signed copy but cannot make the event, please contact us on 0161 274 3331 or manchester@blackwell.co.uk and we can arrange this for you.

About the book:

Who does not envy with us is against us is a collection of essays on working-classness that demonstrates Maria Fusco’s exceptional talent for weaving together the analytical and the poetic to create an affecting and profound work. With expressive prose, Fusco deftly captures the experiences of the global working class, illuminating emotions that unite them across borders and lines. This is a tribute to the resilience and tenacity of working-class communities, and an invitation to readers to join in a deeper understanding of their struggles and triumphs. Through her masterful storytelling, Fusco utilises the power of language to elevate the voices of those who have long been silenced, creating a symphony of words that will echo long after the final page.

I love this book with my entire life and beyond. Fact that I grew up a thousand miles south of Belfast, but, days after reading, feel like I’m – or should be – from there is testament to Fusco’s analytic and lyric genius, and her ability to move and affect. Fusco mobilises a previously unnamed mood shared by the international, intergalactic working classes, I’ve never seen anything like it. Read this book. – Isabel Waidner (Corey Fah Does Social Mobility)

About the author:

Maria Fusco is an award-winning working-class writer, born in Belfast and living in Scotland. Her interdisciplinary work spans the registers of critical, fiction and performance writing. Her work has been commissioned by bodies including: Artangel, BBC Radio 4, National Theatre Wales and supported by Arts Council England, Creative Scotland and the Royal Opera House. She is currently Professor of Interdisciplinary Writing at the University of Dundee, previously holding posts at the University of Edinburgh and Goldsmiths, University of London.