[Plenty happening in Scotland too!]
Public meeting on Strikers and Spycops
Undercover Policing at Grunwick
(historic strike by mainly Asian women in NW London in 1977)
Malet Suite, Student Central, 2nd Floor, Malet Street London WC1E 7HY
Here's the facebook event -
Eventbrite link -
And a flyer is available (front and back).
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Spycops and Strikers is part of a series of Grunwick 40 memorial events, organised in co-operation with the Special Branch Files Project, the Undercover Research Group and the Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance.
Wakefield Socialist History Group
All events start 1 p.m. at the Red Shed, Vicarage Street, Wakefield WF1.
Saturday 11 March: THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR
Robert Burns was the son of a working gardener. He had only a basic education and worked the land from an early age. After his father -who had strong Jacobite sympathies- died prematurely Burns and his brothers were left, Woods (2009) says, with a "poor, undercapitalised farm."
Indeed the family tried, unsuccessfully to make a living out of apparently unprofitable holdings. As Burton (2001) points out this was an age of rural change. Peasants were finding themselves unable to maintain their debt bondage to landowners. Many farms were failing and peasants were being squeezed out because of enclosures and "improvements."
Burns even had a stint as a dresser of flax and contemplated emigrating to the West Indies. What changed his mind was literary success. The publication of his poems in the form of the Kilmarnock Edition in 1786 saw him move to Edinburgh instead.
After a year enjoying adulation he returned to the soil at Ellisland near Dumfries before becoming an exciseman. He was now a paid government officer. It was slightly ironic given that Burns had republican sympathies. Indeed he was accused of having joined in a rendition of the French revolutionary song "Ca Ira" in a Dumfries theatre. He was also alleged to be in league with a local grouping of the radical "Friends of the People" in Dumfries.
Certainly Burns had written political poetry all his adult life.
HOLY WILLIE'S PRAYER attacks Calvinist ideas and religious cant.
IN ADDRESS TO BEELZEBUB clearly alludes to the Highland Clearances.
WHY SHOULDNA POOR FOLK MO was written against the background of a national seamen's strike.
And SCOTS WHA HAE, about Bruce and Wallace, also had coded attacks on the ongoing repression of the Pitt Government.
Morris (2009) confirms moreover that Burns remained a "staunch republican" until his death in 1796.
How shocking then that after his death he should be "incorporated into service for the empire." His poetry would be sanitised and his imagery would be used as a tawdry decorative element in tourism/light entertainment.
An edited version of the Convenor's speech on "Robert Burns, the republican" is now available.
The talk is entitled:
- Stratford stations & 257 bus
- Leytonstone tube (exit left) & 257/W14 bus
- Overground: Leytonstone High Road, turn right, short walk (from about Feb 2017 – best to check)
- Disabled access
- Car park / Bikes can be brought in
- Quiet children welcome.
- You can phone to confirm the talk will be as shown
- Meetings open to all - just turn up
- Enquiries 0208 555 5248
Speakers: Alaisdair Preston, Nicolaus Mackie & Margaret Winniak
Speaker: Canon Steven Saxby
The WCML exhibition exploring the life of one of the leaders of the Easter Rising, James Connolly, socialist, trade unionist, nationalist and revolutionary, has been extended until Friday 27 January. We only want the earth reveals the life and prolific works of this enigmatic man and marks the centenary of his death. Exhibition open Wednesdays to Fridays 1-5pm, and the first Saturday of the month 10am-4pm. Admission free. A travelling version of this exhibition is now available for loan - please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to find out more about borrowing it.
A new exhibition, Everyday Austerity, by Sarah Marie Hall, with drawings by zine artist Stef Bradley, will begin on 4 February. In the meantime you have a further month to catch our current James Connolly exhibition, 'We Only Want the Earth', which runs until 27 January.
Exhibitions are open Wednesdays to Fridays 1-5pm, and the first Saturday of the month 10am-4pm. Admission free.
This extraordinary story will be presented for two nights only at the Library. Tickets price £12 (£10 concessions) are available here (27th) and here (28th). Further information from 07949 635910.
UPDATE: Clem Beckett play - a few tickets left for Saturday
Our Object of the Month display for January relates to Clem Beckett - more details at http://www.wcml.org.uk/object-of-the-month. You can find out more about his story, and the stories of many other men and women who travelled to Spain to fight fascism, by visiting the Library.
Julie's 2014 book on the state of the lesbian and gay movement in the UK, Straight Expectations, has been praised for being thought-provoking and challenging.
Claudia Jones (1915-1964) was born in Trinidad; her parents took her to the US as a child and she was subsequently imprisoned for her political activities and later deported to the UK. This outstanding communist, feminist, peace activist, orator, journalist and founder of the biggest street festival in Europe is buried next to Karl Marx in Highgate Cemetery.
Peggy Mulongo will also speak about her work on female genital mutilation (FMG) and women’s rights. She is a cross-cultural mental health practitioner and co-founder of the charity NESTAC, The New Step for African Community, which has been established to support Africans and immigrants, particularly those living in the North West of England.
All welcome; admission free.The event is part of the Wonder Women stream of events across Greater Manchester.
(Keep an eye on http://www.wcml.org.uk/events.for more details).
Booking required by contacting WEA on 0151 243 5340 or booking online via WEA’s Web site. Please quote course ref C3839457.. Cost: £65.10 or free (please enquire).
The Irish World Heritage Centre in Manchester will hold an event on Wednesday 25 January at 2pm which will revisit experiences of, and enduring legacies associated with, the 1981 Long Kesh/Maze hunger strikes. It will bring together two key talks and a screening of the 2014 film We were there: women of Long Kesh and the Maze prisons.
Admission £8, including refreshments on arrival and before the free screening. Further information at http://www.iwhc.com/hunger-strikes-hunger-striking; email email@example.com.
These accounts have been turned into a series of original drawings by North West zine artist Stef Bradley, and are exhibited alongside field notes, audio extracts, and collected materials, to ‘lift the lid’ on austerity. The exhibition is now on a tour of the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester, and we are very pleased to have it visiting Salford and specifically our Library.
The exhibition will be open Wednesdays to Fridays 1-5pm, and the first Saturday of the month 10am-4pm. Admission free.
- Women’s anti-war movements in the First World War
- Women councillors in the 1920s
- Campaigns for birth control in the 1920s
- The General Strike of 1926
- Women Hunger Marches in the 1930s
- Women volunteers in Spain in the Spanish Civil War
- The Women’s Parliament in Manchester during the Second World War
- The work of Joan Littlewood and Shelagh Delaney in the 1950s and 1960s
- Peggy Duff and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
- The emergence and influence of the Women’s Liberation Movement in the 1960s and 1970s
Rachel Reeves will be delivering a talk about her new book, Alice in Westminster: the political life of Alice Bacon. This will be followed by a panel discussion and a Question and Answer session. At the end of the event, Rachel will be doing a book signing.
Places are limited so please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com by 1 February to book.
More information at http://www.homemcr.org/neville-smith.
21 February 2017 - 17:30 pm - 19:30 pm
King's College London
And a reminder to:
check out the past tense blog
"This month on the past tense blog, we talked about
enclosure and resistance to it,
parties in prison,
restaurant workers organising,
Check it out:"