Saturday, May 26, 2012

Promotional Film for '1839: The Chartist Insurrection' - by David Black and Chris Ford


PROMOTIONAL FILM FOR ‘1839: THE CHARTIST INSURRECTION’ – BY DAVID BLACK AND CHRIS FORD



This film was first shown at the book launch for 1839: The Chartist Insurrection, by David Black and Chris Ford, on 18th May 2012 at the Workers’ Educational Association, Clifton Street, London.
There is also a Foreword to the book, by John McDonnell MP.

I bought a copy of the book at the launch and finished reading it about an hour ago. It’s an accessible, well-researched and exciting book. It has a narrative style which the general reader, or those with little knowledge of Chartism, should find appealing. The many illustrations and the well-crafted covers (back and front) add to its aesthetic appeal. It is especially useful for history teachers (for GCSE and above) and A-level and undergraduate history, politics and sociology students. I will be using parts of it for my History of Childhood module and a new module I aim to develop on the History of Education. This is an important book, and deserves to be widely read --- Glenn Rikowski, London, 26th May 2012.


The promotional video, ‘1839: The Chartist Insurrection’ (which is also excellent for history teachers and students) can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JydjP23QAVc  

Music to the film was by David Black. It was produced by Go Canny Films.


1839: The Chartist Insurrection, David Black and Chris Ford, Unkant Publishing, ISBN: 978-0-9568176-6-2, Published: April 2012, 268pp

'This book assists us greatly in understanding the potential for future challenges to the system' --- John McDonnell MP
'In retrieving the suppressed history of the Chartist Insurrection, David Black and Chris Ford have produced a revolutionary handbook' --- Ben Watson


See Unkant Publishing: http://www.unkant.com/2012/04/dave-black-chris-ford-1839-chartist.html 


At Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/1839-Chartist-Insurrection-John-McDonnell/dp/095681767X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335198243&sr=8-1


At Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/1839-Chartist-Insurrection-David-Black/dp/095681767X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1338028348&sr=1-1  

Waterstones: http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/david+black/chris+ford/john+mcdonnell/1839/9178370/


An earlier blog on this topic can be found at: http://rikowski.wordpress.com/2012/05/05/1839-the-chartist-insurrection/  


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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs  
‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8
‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc  




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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Ruth Rikowski on the Novels of Jane Austen and Douglas Kennedy


RUTH RIKOWSKI ON THE NOVELS OF DOUGLAS KENNEDY AND JANE AUSTEN



“Strange?

Putting Jane Austen (1775 - 1817) and Douglas Kennedy (1955 - ) together on one blog. Whatever is going on? How can this make any sense - putting an 18th century classical novelist alongside a contemporary best-selling novelist (even if he does aim to be serious as well as popular)?

That would be most peoples reaction, I feel sure.

So, what is all this about?

Well, this demonstrates something about my thought processes at the moment. My thought processes as I write my novel; which has turned out to be much more of an epic than I ever originally intended it to be! My levels of absorption deepen and widen. We continue.

Now, I have always rather literally believed this blurb that they put on fiction books:

"All of the characters in this book are fictitious, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental."

I somehow thought that many fiction writers simply thought up stories out of thin air, as it were. Not that I thought that all novelists operated that way; D. H. Lawrence, for example, clearly did not. No, I was not that na├»ve. But I certainly thought that quite a lot did. But now I am questioning that a bit.”


Continued at … http://ruthrikowskiim.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/strange-putting-jane-austen-1775-1817.html  


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