Selina at the Unity (via the Rebel Pen Club)

In autumn 2021, many of our Radicals contributors joined the celebration events for the delayed and much-anticipated launch of the Selina Cooper project at Nelson’s Unity Hall. Selina at the Unity has now been featured in the North West History Journal. Kevin Webb, one of the prime movers behind this lovely project, gave us this recap on how it all came about. Read the full article on our Rebel Pen Club blog.

Weaving a Way Back to Ethel (via the Rebel Pen Club)

The latest turn in our collective exploration of the great Ethel Carnie takes MPA and Pendle Radicals into uncharted territory.  We embark on that rare thing – a collaborative doctorate, with MPA as the non-academic partner – and we welcome the new PhD candidate who was awarded the opportunity.  Jenny Harper introduces herself and the personal history that ties her to the mill working milieu that Ethel writes so powerfully about in the latest Pendle Radicals blog.


My grandfather Neville Hartley worked all his life in the Jimmy Nelson Cotton Mill in the town of Nelson, starting in 1930 at 14 as a half-timer, and taking early retirement at the age of 62. Apart from occasional holidays, his only real break from the mill came when he served in the Manchester Regiment during WW2 (pictured). He saw huge changes in that time.

Click HERE to visit the Rebel Pen Club page to read the rest of Jenny’s blog.


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.