THE CENTENARY of a classic novel will be celebrated at an event next week.

The legacy of The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists, an enduring piece of socialist literature by Robert Tressell, will be discussed at Darlington’s Café Create on Thursday, May 1.

The event will explore the relevance of the 1914 novel in times of economic turmoil and has been arranged to coincide with May Day.

It will run alongside the launch of ‘Satire is Alive and Well and Living in Darlington’, a month-long art exhibition celebrating political satire.

The exhibition will feature the work of North-East graphic designer and Labour campaigner Anthony McGuigan, whose cartoons showcase his passion for both politics and satire.

The exhibition will take place from 6pm at Café Create while The Ragged-Trousered Philathropists: 100 Years On will begin at 7pm.