“The festival will be the kind of knees-up the Matchwomen themselves would have enjoyed” states its website – and Time Out magazine agrees, this week naming it Critics’ Choice for upcoming events.
Held next weekend on Saturday 6th July at Bishopsgate Institute, London, this free family festival will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Matchwomen’s victory, organised by Louise Raw. Want to know more? You can hear Louise talk about the festival with actress and film-maker Kate Hardie, who's appearing, on BBC London this Saturday 29th July at 8am. Or, check out this great article on the Matchwomen's story from the BBC website.
You can also visit the festival's website to see the rest of its great line up. It's free, but you'll need to enter your details via the website.
Louise's critically-acclaimed history of the strike, Striking a Light, will also be on sale at the event. Haven't read it yet? If you need convincing that the book is a breakthrough account of this important event in 19th century history, look no further than Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett's recent endorsement...
“A spectacular but very readable account of epic original research that has uncovered a very different story from the traditional tale ... [Raw’s] claim for this as an important foundation of New Unionism is strong also, so this really is a must-read book if you’re interested in British political history”
If you're going, enjoy the festival!