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acceptance of a variety of overlapping motivations. Tony Harcup, a member of Basement Writers who went on to edit Leeds Other Paper, became inspired by the idea of producing culture, a fluid energy that could be channelled in a number of directions: ‘Had it been three years later we’d probably have started a DIY punk band instead!’103 Other writers, such as Alan Gilbey and Tony Marchant, would also adopt a do-it-­ yourself punk ethic. In addition, discussions of class and culture were not restricted to small groups of committed socialists. Television was the key medium for

in Working-class writing and publishing in the late twentieth century
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were set up so that writers could branch out. Gilbey himself started Controlled Attack, a punk-influenced theatre group that performed to more critical audiences.48 A playwriting group was started at Liverpool University as a result of pressure from the Scotland Road workshop.49 Others set up novel groups. O’Rourke, Mills and Anne Cassidy often read each other’s work in a more detailed and critical way than was possible in a workshop setting and all three went on to publish commercial books.50 Intense personal relationships fed into the production of more critical

in Working-class writing and publishing in the late twentieth century