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Using my interviews, newspaper articles, and local jargon, I have created various poetry and spoken word. My intention for these pieces is to combine my visual works with the poetry to produce the layers of experience at play in the rural, working class experience. I have selected the most successful pieces of my poetry that I believe encapsulate the diversity of experience living in Furness. Drawing on themes of chaos, youth, isolation, hopelessness, working class culture, and austerity, the pieces are presented either as text photography or video. The works provoke conversation around the complicated relationship between white, British privilege and working class childhood, drawing on experiences that are shared in Jared Pauls 'When I Say That I Came Up Poor'. My poems are performed digitally. The intention of this is to present detachment, disconnection, apathy, dehumanization and isolation that are integral to my project. In 'CHAVS' Owen Jones speaks of the 'dehumanization (and demonization) of the working class' stating “Demonization is the ideological backbone of an unequal society.” 'Poverty porn' such as 'Benefits Britain' fetishize those trapped in poverty, rather than platforming their voice. These detrimental shows silence and dehumanize its subjects. Turn on BBC IPlayer and get off to a chav making the best of a bad situation. Have Jeremy Kyle visit and shout at a drug addict. The digital voice erases the collective experience embedded in the poems content, and replaces it with disconnection, dehumanization, and apathy. Additionally, much of the local community have little access to museums, galleries, concerts, clubs, and more. Instead, most of these cultural celebrations are experienced online. The digital voice then further represents the importance of digital social spaces in rural areas where people are isolated from each other.