Anarchist Festival 2019==================
Headings Include: Assorted local newspapers, bulletins etc. (Anarchist and otherwise); Local(ish) CND/anti-militarist materials; Local LGBTQ+ newspapers etc.;Music Fanzines etc.
More at http://thesparrowsnest.org.uk/
These few highlights in particular may be of interest to radical historians:
Anarchy Journal, First Series (edited by Colin Ward) - 17 issues ranging in date from 1961-1969
The Unknown Deserter - Nine Drawings by Clifford Harper -
"The brief war of private Aby Harris, n0.11-1799, llth Battalion Middlesex Regiment, described in nine drawings by Clifford Harper, and dedicated to all deserters everywhere."
"These drawings first appeared in Solidarity Journal number 22 winter 1989."
[Not the same Solidarity as the pamphlet above].
Resistance – Magazine of the Committee of 100 National Committee:4 (4) 1967.
A bumper 36-page issue, with a variety of articles on issues and debates of the day.
Also notified by Sparrows:
States of Independence http://www.statesofindependence.co.uk/
Free of charge | 10.30am - 4.30pm | Open to all
Iain McKay takes us back to Spain in the 1930s where anarchists occupied the factories and the land, to make a revolution at the same time as fighting Franco's fascists. And within that revolution, the women of Mujeres Libres fought also for the liberation of women.
From Waltham Forest History and Heritage Network
A Leyton and Leytonstone Historical Society event. (Free entrance for members).
- Related Event: In Her Footsteps: Women-led activism in Waltham Forest. Esther Freeman Guided Walk. Sun 31st Mar 11am-1pm
|Waltham Forest schoolgirls remember the Suffragettes|
Vestry House Musseum, E17
A Community Outreach Party by Extinction Rebellion
(Slightly adapted from email message)
Our spring series of free Wednesday 2pm Invisible Histories talks starts up again on 13 March with Nicola Ashmore, curator of our current Guernica Remakings exhibition, and artist Claire Hignett speaking about aspects of the exhibition. Subsequent talks include:
27 March. Working class writing and publishing in the late 20th century: literature, culture and community
10 April Sally Groves Out on the Costa del Trico! [See review on this blog.]
24 April Rob Hargreaves Beyond Peterloo: Elijah Dixon and Manchester’s forgotten reformers.
8 May Joe Darlington British terrorist novels of the 1970s
The talks continue until July.
The full programme of spring/summer events is now up on our Web site at www.wcml.org.uk/events. It includes a series of four evening talks in June/July on the theme of state violence, Not just Peterloo; a performance from Breathe Out Theatre remembering the Lune Street protests in 1842 Preston; and the return of Townsend Productions' Ragged Trousered Philanthropists.
Our current guest exhibition Guernica Remakings, exploring the ongoing power of Pablo Picasso’s iconic 1937 painting Guernica through a display of 21st century reworkings from across the globe, runs until 20 March.
After that a guest exhibition about Sylvia Pankhurst and her companion, Silvio Corio, illustrating the lifelong activities of this couple in spearheading campaigns centred on social justice, human rights and anti-fascism, opens on Friday 29 March, and runs until 23 May.
To mark the opening of the Sylvia and Silvio exhibition we are hosting a free talk on Saturday 30 March at 2pm by Sylvia's biographer Katherine Connelly. Katherine will explore the revolutionary partnership of socialist suffragette Sylvia and Italian exile Silvio Corio. Meeting in the revolutionary year of 1917, they fell in love and worked side by side in radical campaigns that influenced the course of the 20th century.
[Both Sylvia and Silvio feature in previous posts on this blog]
Exhibitions open Wednesdays to Fridays 1-5pm, and first Saturday of month 10am-4pm.
The Library's Peterloo bicentenary exhibition Peterloo: news, fake news and paranoia will open on Friday 31 May. Related:
Radical Readings with a Peterloo theme
Those who were there - the people at Peterloo have their say will take place on Sunday 14 April at 2pm at Maxwell Hall, University of Salford, Salford M5 4WU. Actors Christopher Eccleston, Carla Henry, Mike Joyce, Nico Mirallegro and Maxine Peake will participate in an afternoon of prose, poetry and song. There will also be poetry from Oliver James Lomax, ballads from Jennifer Reid and rousing music from the Oldham Tinkers. This event aims to give context, and pause for reflection, in the run-up to the commemorations this summer of the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre.
Tickets price £15 plus booking fee are still available online via www.wcml.org.uk/
SPECIAL DISPLAY ITEM
A first edition of The Masque of Anarchy, the poem written by Shelley in response to the Peterloo Massacre, was purchased by WCML as part of our joint Voting for Change project with the People's History Museum, using funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund Collecting Cultures programme. It is on display at PHM from now until the end of April and will then return to WCML for display from Friday 31 May until Thursday 19 September in our exhibition Peterloo: news, fake news and paranoia.
A blog post about Masque of Anarchy, 'From Paul Weller to Peterloo', is on the PHM Web site here.
Reading and rebellion - Kim Reynolds and Jane Rosen
TENTH ANNUAL FROW LECTURE
The tenth annual Frow Lecture, in honour of the Library's founders, will be given at the Old Fire Station, Crescent, Salford on Saturday 11 May at 2pm by Professor John Callaghan from the University of Salford who will speak on the topic 1919 - every place a storm centre. More details at www.wcml.org.uk/events.
Admission free; all welcome.
Also from WCML:
Raymond Williams Society conferenceThe Society's annual conference takes place at the Friends Meeting House in Manchester on 26 and 27 April, under the title Cultural production and the redundancy of work. The Society sets the scene thus: 'If recent forecasts are to be believed, a crisis is looming governed by the increasing contradiction between the forces and relations of production: automation will determine a new social order either within capitalism or beyond it. Such developments would generate reconfigurations and reconceptualisations of the relations between work, leisure and culture. This conference will focus on these relations as they are currently developing and as they might do in the future'. Further conference details at https://raymondwilliams.co.uk/
There are a limited number of free places available for the Saturday. Primarily, these are for those outside of academia who wish to attend the Raymond Williams Reading Group on the Saturday morning. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Funded by the Raymond Williams Foundation, the bursaries also guarantee access to the conference for the full day. For further information and to enquire about securing a free place contact RWS Secretary Phil O’Brien - firstname.lastname@example.org
Errico Malatesta is a singular figure in anarchist history, given the length of his activity and the impact he made. How well did his perspectives stand up, in the light of events and developments before and after WW1, in the light of experience in France, Italy and Argentina?
Anthony Zurbrugg is a bookseller and publisher. He has edited and translated: Bakunin: Selected Texts 1868-1875 and Rene Berthier's Social-Democracy and Anarchism in the International Workers' Assocation, 1864-1877. His most recent publication is Anarchist Perspectives in Peace and War, 1900-1918, and he is working on a sequel: Anarchist Perspectives: Revolution and Syndicalism: From 1917 to 1930.
One-Man Play in Tottenham
Melbourne Avenue, Ealing, W13 9BT
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- Christine Pushpa Kumbhat* (author of ‘Working Class Adult Education in Yorkshire 1918-1939’)
- Richard Lewis (author of Leaders and Teachers. Adult Education and the Challenge of Labour in South Wales, 1906-1940)
- Sharon Clancy (Raymond Williams Foundation, Adult Education 100)
- Rob Hindle (Senior Area Education Manager, WEA Yorkshire)
- Colin Waugh (author of ‘Plebs’: The Lost Legacy of Independent Working-Class Education)
NEW from IWCE/NOR4NOR
This will be workshop-based day with the following themes:Workshops: AM: 1) Learning from the Past: planning and implementing workers control/workplace democracy. Stan Newens.2) How to build a democratic alternative model. Hilary Wainwright3) The value of nationalisation and listening to workers.Dave Berry and Glenroy Watson (invited)
PM 4) Making a co-operative and sustainable railway.Paul Salveson on co-operative ownership
5) Moving beyond top- down management.John Porter on new structures for rail
6) Training and campaigning programme for public ownership: A voice in the industry and creating a national network for public ownership; building up a national rail oral history archive. Keith Venables (invited)
Broader issues will include: the NOR4NOR charter, building a new democratic structure: options like municipal rail ownership, co-operative ownership, regional ownership; the role of workers'/passengers' control - what is a viable model? What would a democratically run railway look like? What are the links with other forms of transport? How to get a sustainable and accessible railway system? History: the 20th century call for workers' control and workers' self- management - how relevant today? Loco Focus: British Rail workers own experiences since 1948: how oral history can help us plan for the future. Union education: A voice in the industry: education for change: a training package for rail unions on how to run the railways e.g. rail economics, inspection and accountability; rail and rail unions in Europe. What do the the rail unions want: issues like DOO, pay and conditions etc. Research and developing the case for public ownership: speakers notes and key issues. The best ways to campaign: building a national network. There will be contributions from We Own It and Bring Back British Rail.The venue is fully accessible and is a 10-15 min bus ride from Norwich train station and then only a short distance from the centre of Norwich.
Reminder/Update from IWM
Further to previous post
Lives of the First World War needs your help: make your contributions before 12:01am on 19 March 2019. Take the opportunity to upload images and share information with us so that it can become part of our permanent digital memorial.
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Surround Springfields 27 April - and Make Barrels
From Stop New Nuclear
We have now created a Facebook event for this big day.
Our craft team have already been travelling the country providing workshops on the construction and use of our nuclear waste barrel costumes.
There are some workshops being planned in the next few weeks happening in various parts of Wales and northern England, so let us know if you are interested in being included in these, or indeed organising your own ones.
We are sad to announce that despite our best efforts the London Radical Bookfair will not be taking place in 2019. This is primarily down to the fact the main hall at Goldsmiths University will be undergoing some essential repairs throughout the year. All being well we will return to the venue in June 2020.
Despite not going ahead this year, we will be organising a range of other events:
- The Little Rebels Children’s Book Award and the Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing will both be going ahead as usual, with award ceremonies taking place in seperate locations. Please visit the respective website for details.