A Podcast and a PhD (via the Rebel Pen Club)

It is two years now since our Pendle Radicals team embarked on an enquiry into the singular life and work of the extraordinary Ethel Carnie Holdsworth.  Now we can tell you about two exciting developments in swift succession, which give a wonderful new impetus to our ongoing research into Ethel.

Read about the fully funded collaborative doctorate, now being advertised, the PhD is entitled ‘Songs of a Factory Girl: Ethel Carnie Holdsworth and radical working-class women’s writing’.  

Also find out about our partnership with the BBC Novels project, Lancashire Library Service and Libraries Connected (a national body that aims to maximise the offer from libraries), on creating a podcast about Ethel.

You can read about both in the latest blog on the Radicals’ Rebel Pen Club site.

Still Sick of Being Normal (via the Rebel Pen Club)

Sick of Being Normal

is a song by Notsensibles.

I wrote it.

It’s just a nondescript one chord teenage angstism.

40 years later, and catalysed by Mid Pennine Arts (no hyphen), who were there right at the start,  the idea of a celebration of the local punk scene is born. It slots neatly into Mid Pennine’s Pendle Radicals project. We’re close to Pendle (I have a splendid view from the ranch) and by jove we’re radical.

Read the rest of this blog by Stephen John ‘Sage’ Hartley over on the Rebel Pen Club site.

What is Normal? (via the Rebel Pen Club)

On Saturday 8 February 2020 we had a wonderful evening of music, photography, words and print as the Sick of Being Normal exhibition and event looked back at the punk explosion in the Pendle Hill area in 1979-80, and its legacy. It was the launch of Casey Orr’s exhibition, which was due to be at Burnley Central Library until Easter and then travel on to other venues in Pendle. Of course, Covid-19 meant that plans changed!

At that February event was Feona Hadcroft, a Master of Fine Art student at UcLAN in Preston. As part of her MA Feona wrote a review of the exhibition, which we are excited to share with you.

You can read Feona’s review, and her reflections on the legacy of that time on her and others, over on the Rebel Pen Club blog.

The Wonder Women Walk (via the Rebel Pen Club)

Contributors to Pendle Radicals are developing a series of themed Radicals walks.  After the Two Toms, celebrating two pioneers of the countryside movement, comes this homage to two inspirational campaigning women.  Bob Sproule gives a preview of this urban/rural trek linking historic locations in Nelson and Earby.

To read more about this walk, that takes in locations connected to Selina Cooper and Katharine Bruce Glasier, read Bob’s blog on the Rebel Pen Club site.

Botanicals – Development in Music & Image (via SVR)

Paul Slater, aka Fabric Lenny, Spodden Valley Revealed artist in residence, updates us on his investigation of the Whitworth Doctors in the latest blog on the SVR blog site. Paul has been working with long time collaborator Nick Lewis looking at how the stories of the Whitworth Doctors could translate into music and song. One resulting sketch or demo appears below and is inspired by Betty Dawson, referred to here by Nick as Whalebone Betty. Visit the blog to read more about her and the Doctors.