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Last updated:11 December 2017

Protest: stories of resistance

Event location: Working Class Movement Library

Date: 11th Apr 2018

Event time: 14:00 to 15:00

To coincide with the anniversary of The National Blind March and a centenary of a number of women getting the vote, WCML welcomes contributors from the Comma Press anthology Protest: stories of resistance, twenty stories by twenty authors which reimagine key moments of British history from 1381 to the present day by teaming up authors with historians, eye witnesses and crowd scientists, to create historically accurate fiction.

Michelle Green's story encompasses the suffragette movement, and the struggles of women who were imprisoned and force fed. Michelle will read her story 'There Are Five Ways Out of this Room' and discuss the writing process and the influence of her historical consultant, Elizabeth Crawford. 

Frank Salt was the historical consultant on Sandra Alland's story about The National Blind March, and his essay accompanies the piece and gives his insight on the protest. 


Michelle Green is a British-Canadian writer living in Manchester. She has one poetry chapbook with Crocus Books - Knee high affairs - and one critically-acclaimed collection of short fiction with Comma Press - Jebel Marra, loosely drawn from her own experience as an aid worker in Darfur. She is currently working on her next collection of short fiction, a digital-audio map of short stories based on Hayling Island, with support from the Julia Darling Travel Fellowship and Arts Council England.

Francis Salt worked as a skilled fitter and acted as a trade union convener until he was registered blind in 1991. Since then he has undertaken M.Phil. research into the work of the National League of the Blind, Ben Purse, and the Henshaw's Asylum, where his grandfather was a worker in the brushmaking department. He lives in Rochdale.


This talk is part of the Invisible Histories series - admission free, all welcome, light refreshments afterwards.

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