GLASGOW - the working class city par excellence - is under attack. Opportunistic politicians and entrepreneurial admen are concocting a lie.
For the sake of a quick buck they are ready to destroy the authentic voice and identity of this city.
GLASGOW with its long and proud Socialist tradition is to be trans-formed into the happy-land of yuppiedom - a grotesquerie where the young, upwardly mobile middle class with fat salaries and expensive tastes are to be the centre-piece and soul of this great city of working-class struggle and achievement. Already on their anxious greed for quick profits they have set about suppressing the real GLASGOW and stifling its voice.
In WORKERS CITY we hear the real voice of Glasgow - from the insights of Lewis Grassic Gibbon to the bitter anguish of writers in Castlemilk to-day, from the 18th Century rebel weavers to the 1988-style Anarchists - the true voice and experience of the people of one of the great working-class cities of the world, grey and gallus, passionate and subversive.
In WORKERS CITY the real GLASGOW stands up. We shall be heard.
Essays, Stories, Poems and Drama from:
FREDDY ANDERSON PETER ARNOTT DOMINIC BEHAN
THURSO BERWICK JOHN TAYLOR CALDWELL
ALEX CATHCART LEWIS GRASSIC GIBBON
HAMISH HENDERSON SANDY HOBBS R. D. LAING
ROBERT LYNN ETHEL MacDONALD JAMES MacFARLAN
JOHN McGARRIGLE JANNETTE McGINN MATT McGINN
IAN McKECHNIE BRENDAN McLAUGHLIN FARQUHAR McLAY
JIM McLEAN ADAM McNAUGHTON PHILL McPHEE PETER MULLAN
ANNE MULLEN IAIN NICHOLSON J. N. REILY
ALEXANDER RODGER RUTHERGLEN DRAMA GROUP
JANETTE SHEPHARD WILLIAM SUTHERLAND
JEFF TORRINGTON JACK WITHERS JAMES D. YOUNG
Front cover: School Students/YTS Strike, Glasgow 1985. Photo courtesy of The Scotsman.
Back cover: Black Friday, the 40 Hour Strike, Glasgow 1919.