DURHAM MINERS’ GALA – BIG MEETING GETS BIGGER

The 133rd Durham Miners’ Gala on Saturday 8th July will see some 150,000 march through the ancient city. Dave Douglass, ex-miner and author of Stardust and Coaldust autobiographical trilogy looks at its  history and the ongoing significance.   BIG MEETING GETS BIGGER     A day of looking back and looking forward Crowds are now back to…

PADDY BORT – 1954-2017

Allan Armstrong writes about the contribution made by Paddy Bort, who died on February 17th, to our understanding of Scottish and Irish cultural and political links.   PADDY BORT – 1954-2017 Eberhard Bort, Germano-Scot and Germano-Irish by choice, “in essence the ultimate European”, and known to most acquaintances in Scotland and Ireland as Paddy, died unexpectedly on…

BEFORE AND AFTER THE ‘RETURN OF THE BRUTE’

  As the official celebrations and the unofficial commemorations of the centenary of the First World War continue, many personal accounts, poems and novels written about this period have been published or republished. One novel, not yet republished, is Return of the Brute, written by Liam O’Flaherty. David Trotter, in The Cambridge Companion to The Literature…

ST. ANDREWS DAY OR JOHN MACLEAN DAY?

Today is St. Andrews Day. It is not yet a full-blown public holiday, although there is some partial observance. The following article was written by Allan Armstrong for the Lothian SSP bulletin in November 2007. It is even more relevant today, when Scottish nationalists try to subsume all of us under the saltire.

JAMES CONNOLLY, THE 1916 EASTER RISING AND THE DURHAM MINERS ASSOCIATION

As part of our series of articles commemorating the centenary of 1916 Rising in Dublin, we are publishing the following article by Dave Temple of the Durham Miners Association, first published in their special journal for the Durham Miners Gala held on July 9th (see http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2016/08/03/david-hopper-and-the-durham-miners-gala/) JAMES CONNOLLY, THE 1916 EASTER RISING  AND THE DURHAM MINERS…

20th EDINBURGH INDEPENDENT RADICAL BOOK FAIR, 26-30.10.16

20th EDINBURGH INDEPENDENT RADICAL BOOK FAIR, 26-30.10.16   Wednesday, October 26th 19.00 JAMES KELMAN opens the 20th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair and reads from Dirt Road with live music from the The Dirt Roadsters 21:00 Loud Poets present Rhyme Minister’s Questions Thursday, October 27th 16.45 ROB SEWELL discusses the latest edition of Leon Trotsky’s…

DAVID HOPPER AND THE DURHAM MINERS GALA

David Hopper died on July 16th. He was the General Secretary of the Durham Miners Association and last spoke on Saturday July 9th at the Durham Miners Gala. This was attended by 150,000 people. David Hopper was central to the revival of this major working class political and social event, after the defeat of the…