Friday, December 9, 2011

Journalist or socialist? A talk

I have been invited by Keith Flett, of the Beard Liberation Front, to address the London Socialist Historians Group, and have chosen as my subject "Mary Wollstonecraft: Journalist, socialist, or somewhere else on the political spectrum?" This is based on a hand-written commendation solicited from Melvyn Bragg: it took some cryptography to crack the inky code, and we got stuck on the phrase "she was an inspirational <squiggle>". One faction held to the view that <squiggle> was a journalist, whilst the other maintained it was a socialist. Meanwhile, on Twitter I have people telling me they see her as a libertarian.  It seems a good opportunity to explore the issues.

So, a date for your diary: Monday 19 March 2012 at 5.30pm. The talk is at the Institute of Historical Research, in Senate House on Malet Street WC1. It's all part of the University of London.


  1. Congrats! I would love to hear your talk! Will there be a recording of it available?

  2. Well! I hadn't thought of that. You could always lobby them directly, to show there is an international audience for the pearls of wisdom that drop from my every public utterance. Even if it is an international audience of one, it's a valued one nonetheless!
    And your note (aside from your very kind and enduring support, which is a great pick-me-up) is a salutary reminder for me to include anarchism explicitly in the political spectrum that Mary may or may not have occupied.