The Barry Hines Project

The Barry Hines Project

Researching working-class literature, film and television at the University of Sheffield


Recent Posts

Looking for Hope in A Kestrel for a Knave

Looking for Hope in A Kestrel for a Knave

Whether for pleasure or for studies, I’ve always had a penchant for working-class literature and film. Throughout my undergraduate degree I would regularly attempt to shoehorn the films and novels of the ‘angry young men’ and British New Wave into my essays, finding any excuse […]

Discovering ‘The Forgotten Army’ in Elvis over England

Discovering ‘The Forgotten Army’ in Elvis over England

“He revved the engine to the clear the way, and he saw them raise their glasses in the rear-view mirror, he felt like a conquering hero.” This extract is taken from Barry Hines’s last novel, Elvis over England, published in 1998. The novel centres on […]

Barry Hines and Animals

Barry Hines and Animals

While in the final year of her undergraduate degree in English Literature, Katie Goody undertook a research project on Barry Hines. Here she records in a series of short posts her reflections on the representation of animals in Hines’s work. Kestrel for a Knave (1968) […]

A Cushion of Mist

A Cushion of Mist

One of the aims of our research project has been to collaborate with and learn alongside communities who share an interest in the work and legacy of Barry Hines. With this mind, a year ago I went along with Rachel Hughes, a PhD researcher who […]

Houghton Main Colliery Disaster, 1975

Houghton Main Colliery Disaster, 1975

Thanks to Greg Challis for drawing our attention to this very moving poem by John Coopey, which reflects on the 1975 Houghton Main disaster, upon which the pit accident in The Price of Coal is based.

One from the Vaults: The Price of Coal (1977), Barry Hines’ hidden gem

One from the Vaults: The Price of Coal (1977), Barry Hines’ hidden gem

This piece by Greg Challis was originally written as an assessment for the Post-war British Film, TV, and Drama module at The University of Sheffield. Greg is currently studying for an MA in Creative Writing. One from the Vaults: The Price of Coal (1977), Barry […]

Tom Overton writes for The Paris Review

Tom Overton writes for The Paris Review

Tom Overton has written this fantastic piece on Threads to coincide with its screening at The Barbican Centre. Tom has some very nice things to say about our book, and undertook some of the research for his essay using the Hines archive. I was particularly […]

Works by Barry Hines

Works by Barry Hines

Novels (all first published London: Michael Joseph) The Blinder, 1966 Elvis Over England, 1998 First Signs, 1972 The Gamekeeper, 1975 The Heart of It, 1994 A Kestrel for a Knave, 1968 Looks and Smiles, 1981 The Price of Coal, 1979 Unfinished Business, 1983 Published screenplays […]

About the Project

About the Project

Led by Dr David Forrest and Professor Sue Vice from the School of English at the University of Sheffield, this research project explores the works of the South Yorkshire born writer Barry Hines. Hines wrote novels, short stories, radio plays, stage plays, films and television […]

Industry as a Backdrop to the North

Industry as a Backdrop to the North

Bethany Lenihan wrote this essay in May 2016, as her assessment for the level 3 module at The University of Sheffield, Imagining the North. Bethany graduated with a degree in English Literature and is now studying for an MA in English Literature at Sheffield. Industry […]