Podcast – Grime as Working-Class Creativity – Les Back talks to East Man about his new album Prole Art Threat

In this edition of Street Signs we meet East Man – aka Anthoney Hart – and talk about his second album Prole Art Threat.  Ant is a London-based electronic musician who was born in Hastings, England in 1979, but grew up on the boundary of East London and Essex, playing Drum & Bass on pirate … More Podcast – Grime as Working-Class Creativity – Les Back talks to East Man about his new album Prole Art Threat

‘You Never Step in the Same River Twice’: a conversation about the power of music, cultural exceptionalism and identity with songwriter Kris Drever by Les Back

In the last edition of Streetsigns podcast we heard about the Vox Liminis project based in Glasgow that uses creative practices and song writing to help prisoners make sense of leaving prison and coming home.    In this edition we meet the award-winning Orcadian songwriter Kris Drever who is part of the Vox Liminis project and … More ‘You Never Step in the Same River Twice’: a conversation about the power of music, cultural exceptionalism and identity with songwriter Kris Drever by Les Back

Becoming different together by Les Back

Vox Liminis is a project in Glasgow that challenges criminal justice and fosters communities through song writing and music  How do you imagine a new kind of life if you have served time in prison? How can music help people trying to walk that line out of prison to a free life?  In this podcast we visit an extraordinary project called Vox Liminis based in the Gallowgate, in … More Becoming different together by Les Back

Podcast : What would you give London For Christmas? By Les Back

The way people celebrate Christmas conjures, what Jennifer Mason and Stuart Muir call, a ‘social atmosphere’. The city comes to life differently at this time of year.  Even the style of gift giving can be imbued with, and shaped by, subtle associations with social class, ethnicity and urban social divisions. The festive glow of the … More Podcast : What would you give London For Christmas? By Les Back

Emigration Nation: Michaela Benson talks to Les Back about her work on Brexit and UK Citizens living in France

‘Britain needs to remember that it is an emigration nation as much as it is an immigration nation’ says Michaela Benson in this month’s edition of Street Signs podcast.  She talks to Les Back about her work on Brexit and the experience of UK citizens living in the EU.  Michaela’s original and thoughtful perspective offers … More Emigration Nation: Michaela Benson talks to Les Back about her work on Brexit and UK Citizens living in France

The Fellowship Inn – Rebuilding a New House for the Public by Les Back

In this podcast Les Back describes how a derelict pub in south east London has been transformed into a new multi-purpose community venue through £4.5 million funding from the Heritage Lottery Foundation (link below).  The Fellowship Inn pub was built in 1924 on the Bellingham Estate in Lewisham.  It was the first pub to be … More The Fellowship Inn – Rebuilding a New House for the Public by Les Back

Bowling Together: Lessons from the Lanes Part 2 by Emma Jackson

This two part podcast by Emma Jackson introduces some of the key themes from an ethnographic study of a London bowling alley. In the second part of this podcast, Emma explores bowling as a practice of belonging, becoming and performance. We meet some of the groups who use the bowling alley, including the bowling league.  ‘Practices of belonging, practices of … More Bowling Together: Lessons from the Lanes Part 2 by Emma Jackson

Bowling Together: Lessons from the Lanes by Emma Jackson

This two part podcast by Emma Jackson introduces some of the key themes from an ethnographic study of a London bowling alley. In episode one Emma talks about what is revealed about the social life of the city through turning the lens onto a busy London bowling alley. Written and presented by Emma Jackson with extra voices … More Bowling Together: Lessons from the Lanes by Emma Jackson