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Re-Imagining Contested CommunitiesConnecting Rotherham through Research$
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Elizabeth Campbell, Kate Pahl, Elizabeth Pente, and Zanib Rasool

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447333302

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447333302.001.0001

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Some poems, a song and a prose piece

Some poems, a song and a prose piece

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(p.33) Five Some poems, a song and a prose piece
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Re-Imagining Contested Communities
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Ray Hearne

Ryan Bramley

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447333302.003.0005

This chapter showcases some literary pieces centred around Rotherham, and are based on the authors' own experiences growing up in the area as well as observations on the socio-economic conditions of Rotherham. Some of the poetry articulates the smoke-choked experience of South Yorkshire of the 1960s and 1970s, and one sets the tone for life to be lived on the periphery: in a contested space between working-class pride, and middle-class aspiration; between belonging and rootlessness. The chapter also contains a prose piece detailing ‘Rotherham's hellish underworld’ which reveals the price paid by dint of economic survival. A song is also included alongside the poetry and prose pieces.

Keywords:   Rotherham, poetry, poems, prose, song, South Yorkshire, childhood

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