Category Archives: biography

Working Class Life: written by working class activists. Read “A Bolton Childhood” by Alice Foley

In this occasional series I want to rediscover the autobiographies of working class people that have been forgotten or marginalised. They are important in understanding how and why people become activists. They are important in asking questions as to why … Continue reading

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My review of “Freedom Song” by Mary King (1987)

In 1962 white, preacher’s daughter, Mary King, graduated from college, and decided to give up her cosy middle class lifestyle and head south to work for the Student Nonviolent Co-ordinating Committee (SNCC). This memoir is the story of her four … Continue reading

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My review of “Hanna Sheehy Skeffington: Suffragette and Sinn Feiner” by Margaret Ward

In the 1980s massive changes were taking place in this country. One event was the arrival of 40,000 Irish people each year looking for work. It was not a new occurrence, but the latest in a series  of waves of … Continue reading

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My review of Milosz: A Biography by Andrzej Franaszek. (Edited and Translated by Aleksandra Parker Michael Parker)

  Andrzej Franaszek’s biography of  the great Polish poet Czeslaw  Milosz is more than the story of one man’s life: it is a compelling history of Eastern Europe in the  twentieth century.  Milosz was born in 1911 in Lithuania but … Continue reading

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Political Women: Sandy Rose, Socialist, Feminist, Trade Unionist

  In this occasional series I ask the question; why do some women become political activists?  Sandy Rose was part of the post war generation that lived at a time of great hope, this is her story……….. “I was born … Continue reading

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Book review; Bob Crow Socialist, Leader, Fighter by Gregor Gall

Bob Crow grew up on a council estate in the East End of London: his father was a docker and his mother was  a cleaner. He left school at 16 without any qualifications with dreams of becoming a professional footballer, … Continue reading

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“How many magnificent battles will be won…”Our Enid The Life and Work of Enid Stacy 1868-1903

Over the last few months we have seen a revival in grassroots trade union activity, much of it by working class women. From the Kinsley Cleaners in Wakefield to the Teaching Assistants in Derby and Durham – women working in … Continue reading

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