Dennis McIntosh

Dennis McIntosh

Dennis’s first two books, Beaten by A Blow and The Tunnel were published by Penguin Books. He has also had a series of poetry and short stories published in literary journals. He won a poetry slam at the Espy with The Shore and the Lake and received second prize in the Age Short Story competition with Booligal Station. Following on from that Beaten by A Blow was selected to be read in the ABC program, First Person. The three research theses Dennis completed at university drew inspiration from his life as a shearer/construction worker and his many years digging a sewage tunnel. This culminated in a PhD from the University of Adelaide. He likes to say that he has lived life twice. His education gave him a view from the window of the English departments of universities on a life that had been emersed in class conflict, difficulty in mastering English at school, the practices of Taylorism in industries, and the psychological effect of subjugating workers into subordinate roles. What is the difference between the two classes of people? The middle class’s struggle is for ‘self ’ and the working class’s struggle is for life.