Radicals, Rebels and Poets: A Radical History of Hackney and Stoke Newington

Ref: C2419266

This area has long been a centre of thought away from the mainstream, whether it was radical writer Daniel Defoe in the late 17th century or early women’s rights activist Mary Wollstonecraft in the 18th. It was also a centre of non-conformist churches such as Unitarians. In the early 20th century it was a centre for the development of socialist and trade unionist ideas. Here the 43 Group took on Oswald Mosley’s fascists. Through the mid-20th century it was a centre for alternative ideas, with many squats and communes. In the 1980s Hackney was one of the boroughs denounced in the tabloid press as ‘loony left’ for attempting to build socialism locally. In the 1970s it was a centre for African-Caribbean radical and cultural organisation. Poets and people in the arts linked to the area include Harold Pinter, Michael Rosen, Rachel Whiteread and Idris Elba. The course will include slides, film and music while students discuss the impact of radical ideas on this part of London.

Course aim

Look at the area’s radical history from Daniel Defoe and early women’s rights activist Mary Wollstonecraft, to the anti-fascist 43 Group, and more recent campaigns

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify radical traditions linked to Hackney
  • Understand why the area has been linked to alternative ideas for so long
  • Know where the main places and events occurred
  • Know the difference between myths and historical facts

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • It will be helpful for you if you can make notes

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No prior reading is necessary. However David Rosenberg's "Rebel Footprints" and Lindsey German & John Rees's "A People's History of London" are is a good general introductions

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Radicals, Rebels and Poets: A Radical History of Hackney and Stoke Newington Course Outline

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