Unfinished business David Peace and the 1984-5 miners’strike

Shaw, Katy (2012) Unfinished business David Peace and the 1984-5 miners’strike In: Popple, Simon and MacDonald, David, eds. Digging the Seam: Popular Cultures of the 1984/5 Miners’ Strike. CSP. ISBN 9781443840811

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In 2010, David Peace was invited to join a panel at the Digging The Seam conference at the University of Leeds to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the 1984-5 miners’ strike. Exploring the role of literature during and after 84-5, the panel considered the function of writings authored by both strikers and established novelists in the years following the coal dispute. The panel discussion went on to form the basis of an email dialogue with David Peace, the results of which are featured here. Much like GB84 itself, this conversation is not intended as a final word on the strike. Rather, it is offered as an exploration of the motivations, challenges and implications of tackling such a contentious and disputed event in the novel form. There can be no definitive conclusions to the ongoing saga of writing and rewriting that surrounds the events of 1984-5. The debate does not abate. As Peace stated at the end of our correspondence: “the many spectres of the strike continue to haunt Britain and they continue to haunt me, too. And so the strike remains unfinished business”.

Item Type:Chapter in book
Uncontrolled Keywords:Contemporary; Literature; fiction; novel; David Peace; 1984-5 Miners' Strike
Subjects:Q000 Languages and Literature - Linguistics and related subjects > Q300 English studies
Q000 Languages and Literature - Linguistics and related subjects > Q200 Comparative Literary studies
Faculties:Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities
ID Code:9961
Deposited By:Katy Shaw
Deposited On:30 Mar 2012 13:51
Last Modified:20 Aug 2013 11:57

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