More than 40 people packed into the Annexe of the Working Class Movement Library on the afternoon of Saturday 6 June for the launch of the first Mary Quaile Club publication, Northern ReSisters: conversations with radical women by Bernadette Hyland. The event was chaired by Dorothy Winard who welcomed the audience to the event and introduced Bernadette who spoke about her reasons for writing the book: to record the experiences of northern women active in campaigns over the past 40 years and to offer their stories as an inspiration for new generations of activists. She was followed by Betty Tebbs, Linda Clair, Honor Donnelly, Mandy Vere and Christine Clark who spoke about their personal experiences as activists. There was then a wide-ranging debate amongst the audience with a large number of contributions on how radical movements could make progress in the Age of Austerity and the recent Tory victory.
Finally it was time for tea and cakes over which the debates and discussions continued very animatedly.
Our thanks to everybody who came along to the launch, to the Working Class Movement Library and to John Crumpton for taking the pictures below.
Bernadette would be delighted to speak about her book at events, meetings, conferences and book festivals and can be contacted by email; firstname.lastname@example.org. Her book can be purchased from News From Nowhere