Arthur Seaton, the hero of Alan Sillitoe's Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1958), is brought back to life in 2012 to give his verdict on the imprisonment of Pussy Riot. Seaton lived by the personal credo of 'don't let the bastards grind you down' and so is perfect to cast judgement. This piece was written for PEN in collaboration with the Nottingham Writers' Studio and performed at their spoken word event Word of Mouth, at Antenna, Nottingham on 21 November.
This is a continuation of the Sillitoe Trail, a six month project commissioned by the BBC and Arts Council England for a new multimedia platform called The Space. You can download a free eBook and Mobile App exploring Sillitoe's Nottingham from sillitoetrail.com or visit thespace.org.
Alan Sillitoe's father was illiterate and so the Sillitoe Trail is trying to find inventive ways of encouraging people to embrace literature. It is also one of many side projects put on by The Alan Sillitoe Committee. James Walker is a writer and journalist. He is not a movie producer. This is an attempt to give context to the text and with more time and skill, the image quality will improve with future uploads.