Category Archives: young people

My review of Dayglo: The Poly Styrene Story by Celeste Bell and Zoe Howe

Poly Styrene  (3 July 1957 – 25 April 2011),  (real name Marianne Joan Elliott-Said) was one of the most unique performers who came out of the punk era. Watch this video here In this affectionate and revealing biography written by … Continue reading

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My review of “The Metal Mountain” by John Healy

IT  is 30 years since John Healy wrote his classic “Grass Arena”  his autobiography of growing up Irish in London. Published at a time when the Irish in Britain were going through a time of renaissance from politics in groups … Continue reading

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My review of “Last Witnesses Unchildlike Stories” Svetlana Alexievich

        PUBLISHED in 1985 in the Soviet Union this first English edition is a very painful reminder of the affects of war on children. In the 1970s  Alexievich  started interviewing the generation of children who had  lived … Continue reading

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My review of “Common Cause” by Kate Hunter

  KATE Hunter, a working class writer and political activist, recognises the massive barriers facing any person   from her background who wants to write. At the age of  nine she won a  National Essay prize,  but there was no encouragement … Continue reading

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My review of “Labour Women in Power Cabinet Ministers in the Twentieth Century by Paula Bartley

    In the mid 1970s I was the first person in my family and  the first on my council estate to get a place at University. Our elderly neighbour Mrs Hall said to me. “Ooh you’ll be another Barbara … Continue reading

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My review of the exhibition of Flag of Covenience by David Dunnico

    Flag of Convenience David Dunnico Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery   25 May-28 June 2019 Stockport.artgallery@stockport.gov.uk   THE Union Jack has never been just a flag. In this new exhibition Manchester documentary photographer David Dunnico takes us on a … Continue reading

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My review of “You Can’t Kill the Spirit!” Houghton Main Pit Camp, South Yorkshire;the untold story of the women who set up camp to stop pit closures

  This is the inspiring  story of a group of working class women who decided to fight to stop further pit closures seven years after the momentous Miner’s Strike of 1984-5. They set up seven women’s pit camps outside the … Continue reading

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