A Life in Common (via the Rebel Pen Club)

Ever daydreamed about swapping your day job for a life of utopian idealism on a commune? Meet Chris Coates, who ran away to join a commune.

Pendle Radicals is delighted to welcome former MPA Trustee Chris back to Burnley to talk about his experiences with the People in Common experiment in communal living. This FREE event, to launch his book, will take place at Finsley Gate Wharf on Sunday 26 September 2021.

Furloughed from his job and locked down for the best part of the last twelve months former Green Party County Councillor Chris spent the time writing an  ‘autoblogography’ of the time he spent living and working in an alternative community in Burnley called People in Common.

People in Common grew out of the counterculture of the 1970’s. We didn’t call ourselves a commune because of all the assumptions that are made about the hippy lifestyle and Burnley isn’t the obvious place that you’d think of for an experiment in communal living.

To read more about Chris and the creation of his book, and to book a FREE place at the event visit the Rebel Pen Club blog.

#I_AM_CLARION (via the Rebel Pen Club)

Sunday 19 September

Clarion Sunday 2021

An artist’s project to celebrate this unique and historic event

Clarion Sunday is the annual pilgrimage to the last Clarion House by Clarion Cycling Clubs across the north of England.  It is always a special occasion.  This year, after repeat postponements, it really means a lot.  So we have commissioned Alan Ward for an artist project to make the experience of taking part just a bit more special.  If you are a club member, an individual cyclist, or just a Clarion enthusiast, Alan wants to hear from you.

To find out more, including how to take part, read our Rebel Pen Club blog.


Something Borrowed, Something BLUE – Rosie’s Plaques x Pendle Radicals (via the Rebel Pen Club)

We are delighted to be welcoming this award-winning women’s project from Norwich, coming to Clarion House in July 2021 as first stop of their Covid-delayed national tour.  Shonagh Ingram explains the inspiration for this fantastic project, and the challenge that it gives us…  Which extraordinary but unsung, radical women to celebrate?  There are so, so many to choose from!

Find out more, including how to get involved, by reading our Rebel Pen Club blog.


In the Footsteps of Extraordinary People (via the Rebel Pen Club)

March 2021… The pandemic still ruling our lives, and stopping us getting together with the Radicals’ team. Except on Zoom! During March we presented two packed events for the Pendle Hill online programme. And it was lovely to see so many Radicals’ contributors.

The first, on International Women’s Day, celebrated the magnificent Ethel Carnie Holdsworth with an in-conversation event focused on the making of our podcast which is about her and her novel, This Slavery, a radical feminist and socialist tale of love, loss, poverty and politics.

Later in the month we had a full house for an event to Meet the Radicals… On this evening we introduced some of the nonconformists, reformers and change makers researched by the volunteers of the Pendle Radicals project, and introduced The Radicals Trail, a new way of exploring our rural communities around Pendle Hill.

Head over to the Pendle Radicals blog – Rebel Pen Club – to read more about what we shared and to listen to recordings of the events.

Rhythm of the Looms (via the Rebel Pen Club)

In this blog we hear from the team commissioned to create our first podcast series for Pendle Radicals. Over the past two years they, plus the Pendle Radicals volunteers and the Clarion Choir, have worked with us on a series of sharing events based around Ethel Carnie Holdsworth’s life and works. All the research was intended for a final performance piece, which may still happen in the future, but wasn’t possible in 2020. However, that gave us the opportunity to concentrate on our long held ambition to create some original audio, and so the podcast idea was born! It was a new adventure for them too, so what did Jules, Liz and Scott make of the experience…

Read the full blog on the Rebel Pen Club site.

Finished!