The Mary Quaile Club is pleased to announce its first publication, Northern ReSisters:conversations with political women, written by Bernadette Hyland, published on 1 May 2015. ISBN 978-0-9932247-0-06 £5.95
In the book Bernadette speaks to nine women from the north west who have been active in radical movements over the pasty forty years, including trade unionism, Women’s Liberation, radical bookselling, anti-racism, the peace movement, Ireland and Palestine.
Bernadette says: “In this book I ask the question; what does it mean to be an activist; how does it affect your life and how do people keep going at a time of increasing attacks on all the aspects of this society that has made it a decent place for people to live?
My conversations with these women cover many of the important issues of the post war era including; the peace movement, trade unions, women’s rights and issues around sexuality, anti-fascist campaigns, Ireland and Palestine. It is their story, it is my story and it may be yours.”
The women include Betty Tebbs, from Bury, aged 97, a trade unionist and peace campaigner since the 1940s who has appeared on television with Maxine Peake; Mandy Vere, who founded the News from Nowhere radical bookshop in Liverpool in the 1970s and still works there; Karen Reissman, a nurse from Bolton who campaigns about the NHS; and Alice Nutter, from Leeds, formerly in the band Chumbawamba, who now writes drama for theatre, radio and television.
In the second part of the book Bernadette has selected a number of her articles previously published between 1988 and 2014. These include articles about Irish identity and politics in Britain, an interview with Bernadette Devlin McAliskey from 1991 and a discussion in 2014 with writers Cathy Crabb, Alice Nutter, Maxine Peake and Sally Wainwright on whether there is such a thing as a “northern writer”.
Bernadette Hyland is a writer, researcher and political activist. Born in Manchester she sees herself as following in the footsteps of the rich radical history of the north. Her articles have appeared in the Irish Post, Morning Star, Big Issue in the North, Contributoria and other publications. She also writes a popular blog Lipstick Socialist. Bernadette is a member of the National Union of Journalists.
The book has 76 pages and is professionally designed and printed with numerous pictures. It costs £5.95
How To Buy This Book.
Northern Resisters can be purchased online from News From Nowhere
Please send orders to Mary Quaile Club, 6 Andrew Street Mossley Lancashire OL5 0DN. The cost is £6.95 including p&p. Please make cheques payable to BFC Hyland.