I am very excited that my book project on the history of the NUS policy of no platform in the UK is moving forward. At the moment, I am on the lookout for further primary sources from no platform campaigns from the 1970s to the present (particularly from the 1980s and 1990s). So if anyone has any material relating to specific campaigns, please send an email to email@example.com.
I am especially interested in any material relating to campaigns to prevent Enoch Powell and representatives of the apartheid regime in South Africa from speaking on university campuses in the mid-to-late 1980s.
In the meantime, you can also read this book chapter which gives an overview of the no platform policy in the 1970s and 1980s.
Comrades, just a quick announcement that until the end of the month, you can get the hardback version of Against the Grain: The British Far Left from 1956 for only £15! Order the book here from Manchester University Press. And check out the rest of the sale items here.
To celebrate the publication of Waiting for the Revolution: The British Far Left from 1956 by Manchester University Press, I am running a quiz competition to win a copy of the book. Below are ten questions on various aspects of the history of the British far left. In order to enter the competition, please send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org (with the subject line “Far Left Quiz”) by Midnight, Sunday, January 7 (Adelaide time). Entries that get all ten answers right will go into a draw to be conducted by me on Monday, January 8. I will then send the book to the winner (anywhere in the world).
So here’s the quiz…
- In what year did the Daily Worker change to the Morning Star?
- What union did the Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist)’s Reg Birch belong to?
- The International Socialists became the Socialist Workers Party on what date?
- The Revolutionary Socialist League was better known as what group?
- Ken Livingstone wrote for which publication aligned with the Workers Revolutionary Party?
- Who was the Communist Party of Great Britain’s Industrial Organiser at the time of the 1984-85 Miners’ Strike?
- What two groups supported the Revolutionary Communist Party’s Red Front in 1987?
- Militant was aligned to which Tendency inside the African National Congress in South Africa during the 1970s-80s?
- The journal Gay Left first appeared in which year?
- Alan Thornett formed which group after leaving the Workers Revolutionary Party (until 1973 the Socialist Labour League) in 1974?
Good luck comrades!
If you are not the winner, you can still purchase a copy of the book for 45% off via Book Depository. And if you haven’t picked up the previous volume, Against the Grain, you can get the paperback version for only £13.99 via Blackwell.
Very excited to unveil the cover of our forthcoming edited volume, The Far Left in Australia since 1945. It will be published by Routledge as part of their Studies in Radical History and Politics series in February next year. A paperback version should be available for the Australian and New Zealand market at the time as well. More details on the book can found here.
We thank Meredith Burgmann for allowing us to use the cover photo. According this blog post by Kurt Iveson, the women featured in the photo are (from left to right) Glenys Page, Lyn Syme, Rhonda Ellis, unidentified, Michelle Fraser, Janne Reed, Caroline Graham.
This is just a quick announcement for people in Sydney this week. Jon Piccini, Elizabeth Humphrys and I will be speaking at the Historical Materialism conference at the University of Sydney on Friday morning (8 December) about writing the history of the Australian far left. This is based on our forthcoming edited volume for Routledge.
For a full programme of the two day conference, see here. You can register for the conference here.
I will also be selling cheap-ish copies of my book, so hit me up for one!
This is just a quick email to let you all know that Waiting for the Revolution: The British Far Left from 1956 is out now via Manchester University Press. Please recommend it for your institutional library.
You can read the introduction to the collection here.
Remember, the first volume, Against the Grain, is also available in paperback from here.
After 10 years in the making, my book British Communism and the Politics of Race, has been published in the Historical Materialism series by Brill. Please order a copy for your institutional library. Link is here. And a library recommendation form can be found here.
As with all HM books, a paperback edition will be published by Haymarket in the next year or so. I will be sure to let you all know when this becomes available.
I still haven’t worked out whether I will do a book launch, so stay tuned!