Janine Booth tells the story of a working-class borough’s fightback against austerity and thirty councillors who went to prison for refusing to levy rates that their citizens could not afford to pay. Celebrate the centenary of an inspiring struggle which holds lessons for today.
Poplar 100: Centenary of a Revolting Council
Celebrating the centenary of the 1921 Poplar rates rebellion.
In 1921, thirty Labour Councillors in Poplar went to prison to protest at an unfair rating system that penalised poor boroughs. They eventually won their fight. Here are the parting messages from the Councillors (well, most of them, anyway) as printed in the Daily Herald on 1st September 1921, the date that arrests began.
Five Leaves bookshop, publisher of Janine's biography of Minnie Lansbury, interviews Janine about writing, lockdown, politics, motivation and lots more. Warning: may contain book extracts and poetry.
Talking about my political hero and subject of my biography, Minnie Lansbury: suffragette, socialist, rebel councillor.
To invite Janine to speak about Minnie, email email@example.com.
Part of the Write Idea weekend. Details to follow.
Venue: New Cross Learning, 283-285 New Cross Rd, New Cross, London SE14 6AS
Janine will be giving an illustrated talk about Minnie Lansbury. Copies of her biography of Minnie will be on sale at the reduced price of £10 per copy.
Venue: Wyre Room, St Georges Hall, Load Street, Bewdley, DY12 2EQ
Janine will give an illustrated talk about the life of Minnie Lansbury. Copies of her biography of Minnie will be available to buy at the reduced price of £10 each.
After the talk there will be drinks & nibbles…