A night at the theatre…

Queens of the Coal Age

Our first Radicals Research Trip was to the Royal Exchange Theatre to see Queens of the Coal Age, and what a great evening it was! The production was centred around the story of  four fearless women who stood up for change, they were BRAVE, DETERMIND and in so many ways showed POWER and FORTITUDE.

Does this remind you of anyone? Of course, one of our Radicals Ethel Carnie Holdsworth.

Ethel Writing

The purpose of the play was to very much celebrate the fighting spirit of these women and to not allow their protest to be forgotten. It carried on their determination and bravery and allows for people to remember their passion.

This is similar to the aim of our Pendle Radicals project, to not let people such as Ethel Carnie be forgotten and therefore pay tribute to her life and career.

This therefore was a great opportunity to gather more research and an insight into what one of the main outcomes of the Pendle Radicals Project may be….




Espressos and Ethel

‘’She is Radical…’’

A few weeks ago we met at One Sixty Café to talk all things Ethel Carnie over a few cups of coffee, and what a stimulating afternoon it was! It was amazing to see so many people interested in our local girl, Ethel. Having being born in Oswaldtwistle and later moving to Great Harwood with her family, Carnie was quick to make her impression as a working class writer, feminist and social activist. Carnie was certainly radical in her writing, helping her to reach the oppressed with a glimmer of hope for a better future. So why don’t we know more about this Lancashire girl?


The Pendle Radicals Project aims to answer this question, exploring a number of radicals such as Ethel, to bring their stories to life. This will provide local people with a new sense of identity and a new understanding of their history but most importantly a new pride in where they live.

Meeting at the One Sixty Café was a great starting place for this, providing local people with an insight into the life of Ethel, and of course enjoying a few cups of coffee and a slice of cake! The talk gathered a lot of discussion and raised many questions regarding Ethel, her life and her writing career. Everyone was in awe of Ethel, her attitude and views, her writing style and wished for this not to be forgotten.

Mill Worker Turned Best Selling author, quite extraordinary…. What would she be fighting for today?

As the meeting continued, more and more hands flew in the air wanting to volunteer their time and become part of the Radicals Research team, helping to investigate and find out more about Radicals such as Ethel. This enthusiasm was much appreciated and we are eager to hear what people have found out! This of course will be at our Next Meeting, which is happening very soon.

I, myself have just found a really interesting Essay ‘’The Development of a Working Class Feminist Vision in Ethel Carnies Poetry’’ which I am eager to get back to. However, I will be back soon to unveil what more we have discovered about Ethel….

Become a part of the Radicals Research team your self… we promise you an exciting journey…

Contact Nick Hunt for more details.