Alan Gilby

Alan Gilby, an original member of the Basement Writers and former pupil of Sir John Cass was born in East London in 1958. Mr Gilby, a screenwriter and show developer, was one of the contributors of Stepney Words and joined Basement Writers at age fourteen. The establishment of Basement Writers offered him the platform to put his creativity into social action. He produced sketches and comic strips reflecting the absurdity of the redevelopment of docks to benefit private financial institutions instead of the local community, and designed the poetry posters and publications produced by Basement Writers. In 1977, Alan Gilby set up Controlled Attack - a Punk influenced comedy theatre group through which he continued to critique social issues. He currently runs comedy and theatre projects primarily related to the history of East London.

Listen: East London in the 70s and the beginning of Basement Writers
Listen: Basement Writers making publishing accessible to local people
Listen: Recitation and background of poem 'Disruptive Minority'