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Lynsey Hanley

Lynsey Hanley is a freelance writer and the author of Estates: an Intimate History and Respectable: Crossing the Class Divide.

Remembering Dawn Foster

Socialist writer Dawn Foster passed away last week at the age of 34. She was a champion of the working class in a hostile media environment – and deeply committed to the fight for a better world.

Birmingham’s Bright Lights

Birmingham has a reputation as a place where cultural life died a death in the face of grinding poverty, but that is a sterile myth – we explore the Second City’s brief and unexpected role as a centre of 1960s radical counterculture.

The Second City

To begin a Tribune series on England’s Second City, Birmingham’s own Lynsey Hanley asks why the city’s development was so chaotic – and tended to ignore, diminish and segregate its population.

Secondary Modern

Wirral’s Solar Campus was a global pioneer in the field of ecology. Its gradual destruction tells a story about how idealistic social and architectural ideas have been ground down by class and regional inequalities.