Conversations with Radical Women

Northern ReSisters: Conversations with Radical Women
by Bernadette Hyland Publication date 1 May 2015
Published by the Mary Quaile Club ISBN 987-0-9932247-0-6 £5.95

In the first part of this book Bernadette speaks to nine women from Greater Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds who have been active in radical movements over the past forty years, including trade unionism, Ireland Women’s Liberation, radical bookselling, anti-racism and the peace movement.

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 in the face of adversity? My conversations with these women tell their story of involvement in many of the important social and political issues of the post-war era. They have been chosen by me because their stories have gone untold.”

The women include Betty Tebbs, from Bury, aged 97, a trade unionist and peace campaigner since the 1940s who recently appeared on television with Maxine Peake; Mandy Vere , from Liverpool, who founded News From Nowhere bookshop in the 1970s and still works there; Claire Mooney, from Manchester, who is a singer-songwriter ; 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 a discussion in 2014 with writers Cathy Crabb, Alice Nutter, Maxine Peake and Sally Wainwright (writer of Last Tango in Halifax) on whether there is such a thing as a “northern writer”.

Bernadette Hyland is a writer and journalist. She grew up in East Manchester in a working class Irish family. Her articles have appeared in the Irish Post, Guardian Northerner, Morning Star, The 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.

This book will not be sold on Amazon. It may only be purchased online from News from Nowhere (the “real Amazons”). Full details on how to buy the book can be found here.