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University celebrates Walter Greenwood’s Love On The Dole

Monday 8 October 2018

The University of Salford of co-hosting an event celebrating Walter Greenwood’s Love On The Dole - one of the city’s most important literary works.

The University is working with the Working Class Movement Library for the event exploring the significance of the novel, which was set amidst the poverty of 1930s Salford, and was later made into a play and a film starring Deborah Kerr.

The event will be held on Wednesday October 10 - the 85th anniversary of the publication of the novel, and 115 years since its author Walter Greenwood was born. 

Academics from institutions including Goldsmiths, University of London and the University of Freiburg will give talks at the Working Class Movement Library on Chapel Street about Greenwood’s contribution to working class literature.

Archive of writer's life

There will also be a reception at the newly refurbished Clifford Whitworth University Library to launch a new book, Walter Greenwood’s ‘Love on the dole’, novel, play, film by Chris Hopkins, Professor of English Studies at Sheffield Hallam University.

The University Archives hold a collection of Walter Greenwood records including literary manuscripts, working papers, correspondence, photographs, press cuttings and reviews. 

He was awarded an honorary D Litt by the University in 1971, three years before his death.

Politics of Love On Dole era

The Working Class Movement Library has examples of Greenwood’s fiction and non-fiction, as well as fascinating items relating to the politics of the Love on the Dole era, including National Unemployed Workers Movement material and a 1934 election leaflet showing Greenwood standing as the Labour Party candidate for St Matthias Ward in Salford.  

The full listing of afternoon speakers and their topics is at