Ken Worpole

Ken Worpole left school at 16 to work in civil engineering, but re-trained as an English teacher in his early 20s.  He has taught in secondary schools and in adult education, as well as being involved in setting up the radical bookshop/popular history project Centerprise in Hackney in the early 1970s which is still going strong.

Over the past decade he has worked in the field of public policy, notably for the think-tanks Comedia & Demos. For most of his life he has also pursued a separate career as a writer of books exploring the relationship between culture and society.

Ken Worpole’s most recent book, with photographer Jason Orton, is 350 miles: An Essex Journey (ExDRA; 2005).

His other books include:

The Republic of Letters, edited with David Morley,
Comedia, 1982

Dockers and Detectives
Popular Reading: Popular Writing,
Verso, 1983

Reading by Numbers
Contemporary Publishing and Popular Fiction,
Comedia, 1984

Death in the City
An examination of police-related deaths in London, with Melissa Benn,
Canary Press, 1986

Saturday Night or Sunday Morning?
From arts to industry – new forms of cultural policy, with Geoff Mulgan,
Comedia, 1986

Towns for People
Open University Press, 1993

Libraries in a world of cultural change
with Liz Greenhalgh & Charles Landry,
UCL Press, 1995

Staying Close to the River: Reflections on travel & politics,
Lawrence & Wishart, 1995

Richer Futures: fashioning a new politics
(Editor), Earthscan Press, 1999

Here Comes the Sun: architecture & public space in the 20th century city,
Reaktion Books, 2000

Last Landscapes: the architecture of the cemetery in the West,
Reaktion Books, 2003

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