Democracy, Media and the Miners’ Strike

Past and present struggles for pluralism in the media will be under the spotlight at  the Red Shed in Wakefield next month when the Wakefield Socialist History Group hold their next pre-election public meeting in conjunction with the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom.

Big Media coverThe meeting will be addressed by Granville Williams, a member of the CPBF and editor of Big Media and Internet Titans, as well as Don Mort, Father of the NUJ Chapel at the Wakefield Express, and Alan Stewart of the Wakefield Socialist History Group, while Lindsay Anderson’s 1952 film ‘Wakefield Express’ will also be shown.

What: Democracy and the Media: The struggle for media pluralism past and present
Where: The Red Shed, Vicarage Street, Wakefield WF1 1QX
When: Saturday 18 April, 1.00-4.00pm
Admission is free and there will be a buffet.

The meeting follows another film screening with Granville Williams in Wakefield on Wednesday 25 March when the Unity Works venue hosts ‘With Banner Held High’. This film explores the resilience of miners and Women Against Pit Closures during the 1984/85 miners’ strike.

The film will be introduced by Williams and Judi Alston, the film’s director and producer, while Joe Rollin of the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign will also be speaking.

There will be performances from ‘A Firm of Poets’ – Helen Mort, Matt Abbott, Matthew Hedley Stoppard, Victoria Garbutt and Ralph Dartford – and local playwright John Godber will talk about his new play ‘Shafted’ which opens at Wakefield Theatre Royal on 13 April.

What: ‘With Banners Held High’
Where: Unity Works, Westgate, Wakefield WF1 1EP
When: Wednesday 25 March, 7.30pm
Admission free but you need to reserve tickets at or telephone 01924 831114.

All donations to the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign.