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Will Thorne My Life's Battles
Friday 06 Feb 6.30pm

Will Thorne helped to make a better world for ordinary people. His life story is a journey from tenements and factories to the corridors of power and the barricades of the Russian Revolution. Thorne began his working life as a six-year-old child labourer. As a semi-skilled industrial labourer, he founded the Gasworkers' Union, campaigned on behalf of the unemployed and fought for the Eight Hour Day.

He campaigned alongside Eleanor Marx, who helped him learn to read and write and became a close friend and a valued political advisor.. Eventually he became the General Secretary of the General and Municipal Workers' union, and was an East London MP for forty years.

Along the way, Thorne experienced the street fights and bitter strikes that represented the struggles of British Socialism and that gave rise to the Labour Movement.

John Callow is an author, screenwriter and historian, specialising in Seventeenth Century politics and popular culture. He is the author of 10 books including Silvertown and James Connolly & the Re-conquest of Ireland. For eight years he worked as the Director of Archives at the Marx Memorial Library, in London and is currently a National Officer for the GMB Union and a visiting tutor at the University of Suffolk.



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The Three Degrees
Monday 16 Feb 6.30pm

When Cyrille Regis became one of the first black players to be selected for the full England team, he was sent a package in the mail. Inside it was a silver bullet and a note that read: 'You'll get one of these through your knees if you step on our Wembley turf.'

In the 1978/79 football season Regis' club West Bromwich Albion, an unglamorous and little publicised club from the West Midlands, became the first British football team to field three black players: Cyrille Regis, Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson. They did so against the backdrop of the most divisive and poisonous racial tension in the UK's history - a time when the National Front was at its most virulent.

This book tells the story of a defining and groundbreaking chapter in the history of British football and the country as a whole. The story is one about sport but also as much one about social change.











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