‘No Liberation Without Black Women’: Gender in the Black Liberation Front, by Amelia Francis

Black Power groups began to erupt throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s in Britain as young people of African, Caribbean and Asian descent unified under the term ‘Black’.[1] Furthermore, the Black Power era manifested in international solidarity between various struggles for decolonisation, anti-imperialism and socialist revolution. The Black Liberation Front (BLF), was founded in North London, 1971, and operated on a Pan-Africanist, socialist axis. Active until 1993, the group propagated self-help approaches to issues facing the Black community in Britain and elsewhere. In historical memory, the BLF is respected for its many initiatives, including the Ujima Housing Association, …

‘We are our own Liberators’, Film Screening, University of Nottingham.

‘We are our own Liberators’

Friday 19 October, 6-8pm, A40, Sir Clive Granger Building, University of Nottingham.

‘We are our own Liberators’ uncovers the hidden history of the Black Liberation Front. Formed in 1971 by former members of the Black Panther Movement in Britain, the BLF campaigned against police racism and promoted black history and culture amongst black communities in Britain.

Documentary screening followed by Q&A with guest speaker, filmmaker Amelia Francis, Young Historians Project

Free but please register:


Sappho to Suffrage: Women who Dared by Professor Senia Paseta

I have spent a good proportion of the last two years curating Sappho to Suffrage: Women who Dared. This exhibition in the Weston Library, at the Bodelian, Oxford, highlights items from the Bodleian’s holdings which were made, written, owned or commissioned by women. As the Bodleian holds more than 13 million items from across the ages and the globe, one might think that the chief difficulty in curating such an exhibition would be ruling items out rather than in. In fact, I visited a number of departments which could offer me very few (and even in some cases no) suggestions …

Handing Over

Dear All


I have had a wonderful time as administrator of the WHN Blog and shall post an edited version of my report to the WHN Conference. In the meantime, I have a couple of posts to add to the blog, and, as long as I have access shall endeavour to do this.

Robin Joyce


PS The USB on which I collected a paper and my report has disappeared. I’ll endeavour to find it and add some material, if this is possible. In the meantime, the new administrator will be posting from October and I look forward to …


Part 2

Women and writing

Robin Joyce


The Wife by Meg Wolitzer

Review with no spoilers, originally published on Good Reads.

Robin Joyce

The Wife is an excellent novel with which to assess one’s own moral compass. As a feminist, I appreciate the way in which the stark differences between the acceptance of male writers’ behaviour and successes and the few accolades associated with women’s writing are drawn. Some of the development and description of the characters, women and men, is quite cruel – deservedly so. In particular, male writers are shown as inflated egos with a penchant for …