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Wednesday, 5th July 2017

14:00 – 15:00

Bruce Wilkinson - talk on three Lancastrian poets of the '60s

Bruce Wilkinson's new book 'Hidden culture, forgotten history: a northern poetic underground and its countercultural impact' (Penniless Press) looks at the 1960s publishing and political activities of three working class Lancastrian poets. It assesses the literary influence of Jim Burns, Dave Cunliffe and Tina Morris and traces the impact of their activism on the development of an underground still in evidence today.

The work places the trio within a long history of northern radicalism and as part of the post-war 'little poetry magazine' explosion which transmitted a wave of US experimental literature alongside British avant-garde poetry that together transformed the modern literary canon.

Original research connects the poets with the development of alternative bookshops, anti-racist associations, environmental campaigns, collectives, communes and numerous leftist organisations from the late 1960s to the early 1990s. More broadly it highlights how a wealth of non-metropolitan, British working-class culture has previously been undervalued.

Admission free.

14:00 – 15:00

Bruce Wilkinson - talk on three Lancastrian poets of the '60s

Bruce Wilkinson's new book Hidden culture, forgotten history: a northern poetic underground and its countercultural impact (Penniless Press) looks at the 1960s publishing and political activities of three working class Lancastrian poets. It assesses the literary influence of Jim Burns, Dave Cunliffe and Tina Morris and traces the impact of their activism on the development of an underground still in evidence today.

The work places the trio within a long history of northern radicalism and as part of the post-war 'little poetry magazine' explosion which transmitted a wave of US experimental literature alongside British avant-garde poetry that together transformed the modern literary canon.

Original research connects the poets with the development of alternative bookshops, anti-racist associations, environmental campaigns, collectives, communes and numerous leftist organisations from the late 1960s through to the early 1990s. More broadly it highlights how a wealth of non-metropolitan, British working-class culture has previously been undervalued.

This talk is part of the Invisible Histories series - all welcome, admission free, light refreshments afterwards.

Wednesday, 19th July 2017

14:00 – 15:00

Dave Randall talk - 'Sound System: the Political Power of Music'

'Sound System' is the story of one musician’s journey to discover what makes music so powerful. Years of touring, playing and protesting have given Dave Randall an insider’s view of the music industry, enabling him to shed light on the secrets of celebrity, commodification and culture. The book, published by Pluto Press in March 2017, finds examples of music as a force of social change as well as something that has been used to keep people in their place throughout history.

From the Glastonbury Festival to the Arab Spring, Pop Idol to Trinidadian Carnival, Randall finds political inspiration across the musical spectrum and poses the question: how can we make music serve the interest of the many, rather than the few?

Dave Randall is a musician and activist. He was the former guitarist in Faithless and has toured the world playing guitar with Dido, Sinead O’Connor and many others.

This talk is part of the Invisible Histories series - all welcome, admission free, light refreshments afterwards.

Thursday, 27th July 2017

18:30 – 20:30

'Fighting Resistance' - James Bloomfield with Paul Rogers

'Fighting Resistance' is an Arts Council-funded artist residency project placing contemporary artist James Bloomfield in Salford Museum and Art Gallery and at WCML, exploring themes surrounding the WW1 centenary and using the collections of both institutions to create new work.

For the launch event of this project James has invited Paul Rogers to talk on ‘New wars and how to prevent them’. Paul Rogers is Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University. He worked originally in the biological and environmental sciences, including lecturing at Imperial College and working in East Africa, but has worked for the past 35 years on international security.

Paul says: "The three core issues facing the world are a widening wealth/poverty divide leading to more anger, resentment and revolts from the margins, the potentially disastrous impact of climate disruption and the all-too-ready recourse to military action as the appropriate response. To avoid a deeply unstable and unjust world it is imperative to rethink our approaches to all three issues. Much good work is now being done on alternative security thinking and there are grounds for cautious optimism, even now."

Admission free; refreshments provided.

More details to follow at wcml.org.uk/bloomfield

  • Hosted by Working Class Movement Library/Salford Museum and Art Gallery
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