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Beyond Misery Porn: Working-Class Memoir Terri White and Cash Carraway

Working-Class Writers Festival

Watershed  |  Free

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Due to personal circumstances, Cash Carraway will be joining this event remotely.

Join internationally acclaimed writers Terri White and Cash Carraway in conversation as they discuss their work, life on the margins, memoir-writing and the dangers of what is termed ‘Misery Porn’.

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Terri White is an author, editor and journalist based in Manchester. Her first book, Coming Undone: A Memoir (Canongate) was published in the UK in July 2020 and the US in September 2021. Coming Undone was optioned for television by Bad Wolf, the production company behind His Dark Materials and I Hate Suzie. She contributed to My Old Man, a book of essays on fathers (Canongate) and her writing – focusing on class, mental health and violence against women – has been published in British Vogue, The Guardian, The Sunday Times Style, The Big Issue and Elle. She has two decades’ experience in magazine publishing and was most recently Editor-in-Chief of Empire magazine and prior to that, Editor-in-Chief of Time Out New York. She is an RSA Fellow and BAFTA member. She is currently working on her first novel and second non-fiction book.


Cash Carraway

Cash Carraway is an Irish screenwriter, playwright, and author. She is the Creator, Writer, and Executive Producer of Rain Dogs, an eight-part BBC comedy-drama starring Daisy May Cooper, made by Killing Eve producers Sid Gentle Films. Her award-winning play Refuge Woman completed a sold-out 20-date UK tour and is the only ever theatre production to be nominated for a British Journalism Award. She has a number of film and television projects in development with major broadcasters and is the author of the bestselling book Skint Estate, published by Penguin Random House.

Image credit: Becky Glover, 2019

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  • You are required to wear a mask when moving around the building, and when seated in either the cinemas or Waterside spaces (unless exempt).
  • The capacity of the cinemas and event spaces is at 75%, ensuring there is space between you and other customers on your row.
  • You should not visit you’re feeling unwell and have COVID symptoms.
  • Watershed will continue with measures currently in place, including increased and enhanced cleaning regime, provision of hand sanitiser throughout the building, maintaining air flow management plans to ensure adequate ventilation throughout, staff wearing face coverings, and keeping contactless payments. If you would like to check in via NHS Test and Trace please feel free to do so, although it will no longer be required to enter the building.


  • Watershed’s main entrance and Box Office are both on the ground floor which is accessible via a ramped, electronically assisted entrance door.
  • There are two Blue Badge parking spaces to the rear of Watershed on Canons Road.
  • Guide dogs and hearing dogs are very welcome.
  • The first floor of Watershed is accessible via lift from the main entrance and includes level access to all areas, including the cinemas and event spaces.
  • The cinemas and event spaces have induction loops.
  • There is an accessible toilet (with baby changing facilities) near Cinema 1. Follow the signs for the Cinemas and the accessible toilet is just on your left through the double doors before Cinema 1.
  • There are gender neutral toilets in the cinema corridor on the first floor.
  • We offer companion seats without additional charge if required.

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