Don’t Let the Literati Grind You Down
Alan Sillitoe felt held back by a literati that in his day had the power, through newspapers, radio and (a little later, TV) to define culture for the massesand, in doing so, ignore an entire way of life.
In the late 50′s Saturday Night and Sunday Morning represented a huge cultural shift – giving validity to a world that was previously denied a voice.
However, Sillitoe’s powerful voice posed a dilemma to people like our commissioned writer Derrick Buttress who felt eclipsed by him.
Now in his eighties, Derrick Buttress eventually found his own ‘authentic voice’ and recently had his first short story collection published. Derrick talks to us about his past experiences as we consider ‘who are the modern gatekeepers’ and whether in a digital age, the literati’s days are numbered?
Derrick Buttress interview with James Walker on The Space
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