2025 Festival Dates: 5 & 6 July

An Evening In Loving Memory of Work Rough Trade and Uncultured Creatives

Uncultured Creatives and Rough Trade Books commemorates the UK Miners strikes of 1984-85 through two publications.


Join Uncultured Creatives and Rough Trade Books for an anniversary event, which commemorates the UK Miners strikes of 1984-85 through two publications. This will be a multi-stranded event that includes the launch of Craig Oldham’s publication ‘In Loving Memory of Work’, with readings from Kevin Dicks, author of ‘The Miners Strike Back’, followed by ‘In Conversations and Q&A’s’ with the authors and artist Jamie Holman. This event will also include a reel of short videos, a pop up store with Rough Trade Books and editions, and book signings.



Practical Information:

  • Suitable for participants age 16+
  • This event is ticketed at £4
  • There are 40 tickets available
  • The event will last approx 2 hours

The event is taking place at the Uncultured Creatives Studio at 14 – 16 Lord Street West, next to Prism Contemporary Gallery. The venue has single step access and therefore there is not level access for people who use a wheelchair.

Please arrive at the venue 10 minutes before the event.
Advanced booking essential / limited walk up spaces may be available on the day.


ROUGH TRADE BOOKS, is a publishing house brought to you by the minds behind Rough Trade Records. This new adventure in ‘capitalism’ is in the spirit of the pioneering independent record label, trading books and other wares of the same originality and radical direction.


UNCULTURED CREATIVES is a collaborative creative practice established by artist Jamie Holman and curator Alex Zawadzki. The work they produce is characterised by the exploration of divided histories, sensitive content and the unification of diverse community participants through shared experiences of culture, class. Their research proposes the emergence of culture through the celebration of topics and movements including subcultures, trade unions, folklore, activism, mill workers, football, magick, labour and poetry. Their work explores the impact of ‘Uncultured Creativity’ on the mainstream heritage of this country, and locates these shared identities as ‘Future Folklore.’ They are interested in telling these stories because these stories matter.



“The idea for the novel came to me whilst digging in my garden when I came across a few rogue lumps of coal. What if an ex-coal miner discovered a seam of coal and opened a small clandestine colliery? I saw comedy and quirkiness to the story that may appeal to readers. As an authentic voice, perhaps I could capture a little of the miners’ humour before it disappears for good.”

– Kevin Dicks




2019 Trusts & Foundations

The National Festival Of Making Delivery Team

National Festival of Making is supported by the Arts Council England, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Brian Mercer Trust and Foundations and Partners. This project is part-funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

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