Protest and Resist: Stories of Uprising and Resistance with Maxine Peake

10 Feb 2021 - 7.00PM

Wednesday February 10, 2021


Tickets: £1 – £12.99 - get tickets here!

Housmans Bookshop and Comma Press are delighted to host two online events with renowned British actors Christopher Eccleston and Maxine Peake reading from protest-inspired stories published in Comma’s History-into-Fiction series, Protest and Resist.


The two events will take place on two consecutive dates, with Christopher reading on the 9th of February and Maxine on the 10th. Both readings will be followed by a conversation between authors and historians discussing the events depicted in the stories read by Christopher and Maxine.

At a time of great political disarray – government corruption and incompetence, the COVID pandemic, Brexit and new austerity measures looming – we look back to the past to remember the times the people have called it out, stood up, resisted!

For a nation that brought the world Chartism, the Suffragettes, the Tolpuddle Martyrs, and so many other grassroots social movements, Britain rarely celebrates its long, great tradition of people power. Both Protest and Resist are collections of fictions and essays that explore and commemorate key moments of British protest and defiance over the last two millenia. 

Maxine Peake will be reading "Night Cleaners' Strike" by Maggie Gee, inspired by the life of May Hobbs who formed the Cleaners Action Group (Cag) in 1971, determined to improve the pay and working conditions of all cleaners. Professor Sally Alexander, who wrote the afterword to the story, will appear after Maxine's reading to speak to the context. 

In the age of fake news and post-truth politics this book fights fiction with (well researched, historically accurate) fiction. Britain might not be famous for its revolutionary spirit, but its people know when to draw the line, and say very clearly, ‘¡No pasarán!’  

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