The Characters of Whitworth (via SVR)

Diana Hamilton, Spodden Valley Revealed Project Manager, shares a Spodden Valley Throwback with us…

We have recently been contacted by the wonderful Naomi Kenyon – a member of the Spodden Valley Revealed steering group and teacher at St John with St Michael Primary School in Whitworth. Naomi wanted to share these fantastic images of students from her school last year, investigating Spodden Valley Revealed character bags. To see all the images and read more about the pupils investigations, head over to the Spodden Valley Revealed blog.

Reclaiming A History of Pendle Punk – We’re Going To Need A Louder Record Player! (via the Rebel Pen Club)

Writer/composer/musician/fell runner Boff Whalley is one third of the creative powerhouse behind Sick of Being Normal. Back in the punk moment, he was a stalwart of Chimp Eats Banana. Boff considers how that unruly creative flowering has stayed with so many contributors through their later lives, and how punk in Pennine Lancashire has contributed to a longer story of nonconformism, independence and dissent.

History is a slippery, shape-shifting thing. I found out long after I’d left school that all the history I’d learnt had been filtered through someone’s opinion and that it could be changed to suit whoever was doing the telling. In my case, at school it came via a few dog-eared standard textbooks that, judging by the roll-call of pupils’ names listed inside the front cover, had been around for decades. It also usually came via a boring teacher who was clearly bored stiff of teaching bored kids about the boring stuff in the boring books.

Read more about how Boff and his collaborators first came together to talk about the Pendle Punk exhibition and their aim of incorporating those strange and inspiring times into ‘proper’ history, on the Pendle Radicals blog – The Rebel Pen Club.

Botanicals – The Whitworth Doctors (via SVR)

Paul Slater, aka Fabric Lenny, Spodden Valley Revealed, artist in residence, introduces his forthcoming investigation of the Whitworth Doctors, and talks about his unique creative approach…

Beginnings

Following a number of site visits and explorations in and around the village of Whitworth during the latter part of 2019, I am really pleased to be finally embarking on this exciting project with Mid Pennine Arts, exploring the relationship between the Whitworth Doctors, the landscape that surrounds the village of Whitworth, and my work and practice as a contemporary visual artist.

Find out more about Paul and his creative approach on the Spodden Valley Revealed blog.

We’re Going To Need A Bigger Songbook (via the Rebel Pen Club)

Fresh air and green space are precious commodities at present.  Our Radicals researchers want to honour the pioneers who gave working class people a chance of sharing those bounties.  Walking guide author and Pendle Radicals volunteer Nick Burton writes about T A Leonard and the collective joys of rambling and singing.

I’m a rambler, I’m a rambler, from Manchester way,

I get all my pleasure the hard moorland way,

I may be a wage slave on Monday,

But I am a free man on Sunday.

These words are the familiar chorus from Ewan McColl’s celebrated hiking song, The Manchester Rambler. It was a song written soon after and inspired by the Kinder Trespass of 1932 which has become synonymous with rambling. But what ramblers’ songs came before it? After all, rambling and singing were popular with the working classes of the industrial north in the 19th century and the two free communal pursuits went together so naturally. The story of our own Pendle Radical, Thomas Arthur Leonard, provides an interesting insight into how rambling and singing became dovetailed in perfect harmony.

Read the rest of Nick’s post on the Rebel Pen Club blog.

Talking Lancashire (via the Rebel Pen Club)

Jennifer Reid, a performer of 19thC Industrial Revolution broadside ballads and Lancashire dialect work song, tells us about the first two meetings of the Lancashire Dialect Reading Group.

In the future, some of us will be able to say, “we were there when it all began….”

To read the rest of the blog and find out how you can be involved visit the Pendle Radicals blog site by click HERE.

Photographing the Punks (via the Rebel Pen Club)

Photographer Casey Orr, whose portraits of people involved in the Pendle punk explosion of 1979-80 will be exhibited as part of  Sick of Being Normal – Pendle Punk – 40 Years  On, gives an outsider’s perspective on how the physical and emotional landscape of East Lancashire played its part…

Read the full story and find out more about the event in Casey’s blog over on the Rebel Pen Club site.

Sick of Being Normal (via the Rebel Pen Club)

Boff Whalley brought the brilliantly subversive Commoners Choir to Brierfield Mill for a very special Banner Culture Sunday.  Now this erstwhile stalwart of Chimp Eats Banana and Chumbawamba joins two collaborators in a brand new project for Pendle Radicals. Together they look back to a time of creative ferment around the Pendle Hill area.  We can’t wait…

Pendle Punk 40 Years On

Three of us – myself, Sage and Casey Orr – have spent the last few months talking to various people from all over England whose lives were changed by being part of the punk community in and around the Pendle Hill / East Lancashire area in the late 1970s. We’ve set a date for an exhibition and event in Colne in early February (more details soon) and it looks like the exhibition, publication and various discussions will carry on after the opening, over in That 0282 Place in Burnley Central Library. Here’s the background to the project…

Read the full blog over on the Rebel Pen Club site.