Voices in the Coalshed: Barry Hines

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Have you heard of Barry Hines? If not, you're in luck, because his work is the focus of this week's Voices in the Coalshed.

He was born in Hoyland Common near Barnsley, where he returned towards the end of his life. He writes about where he grew up and the coal mining industry that surrounded him.

He is perhaps best known for his novel, A Kestrel for a Knave, later filmed as Kes.

The Price of Coal, shown on the BBC in the late 70s, consisted of two plays. In the first, Meet the People, he wrote about a planned visit by the Prince of Wales to a colliery and the humour around it.

You can hear the sense of humour that Hines brings out in his characters in this excerpt between two miners:

He contrasted this with the tragedy of life in mining in the second play, Back to Reality:

Have you seen or read either of these?

You can check out The Price of Coal on Youtube!

Can you think of another industry that has inspired so much literature?

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