The Spirit of Resistance: Helen Lowe, 1944-2011 is now available on this site. This short chapter from Women Against Fundamentalism: stories of dissent and solidarity draws on Helen Lowe’s own words to give a background to her involvement with the feminist organisation Women Against Fundamentalism.
New Upload: I have now added extracts from four more interviews to Anarchism and Feminism: voices from the seventies. Women activists discuss anarchism, feminism, and the relationship between the personal and the political:
Marie : I think we have to change what anarchism is.
Angela: Acting non-hierarchically affects every part of our lives.
Ruth: I see my politics as a totality.
Emma: Excuse me comrades, where are all the women?
The interviews can now be downloaded together as a word document.
Recommendation: Pete Grafton, the author of the excellent oral history You, You & You! The People out of Step with World War II, has now begun to make his latest project available online. Len: Our Ownest Darling Girl: Letters between Mother and Daughter 1939-1950 is based on a cache of letters, photographs and memorabilia bought on eBay; the story of how this became the basis for a book is fascinating in its own right.
New Upload: Women activists discuss anarchism, feminism, and the relationship between the personal and the political, in extracts from interviews carried out in 1977. Part One of Anarchism and Feminism: voices from the seventies includes:
Part Two will follow later this year, with four more interviews.
Just Published: Women Against Fundamentalism: stories of dissent and solidarity, which includes my chapter ‘The Spirit of Resistance: Helen Lowe 1944-2011‘. I will be uploading the chapter to my website later this year, [added in November 2014] but strongly recommend the whole book, which is available in paperback and as an e-book.
Correction to download link: The Gender Politics of Anarchist History now has a functioning download link. I hope to get a more recent version of this paper online before long.
If you come across any other non-functioning links on the site, please let me know and I’ll get on the case.
The new section on Nonviolence and Antimilitarism launches with a small selection of links and resources relating specifically to antimilitarism, including poems, photographs, and interviews. The section will gradually be expanded, so watch this space!
I’ve just uploaded my most recent article, Wilfrid and Elizabeth Gibson: Art for Life’s Sake? Politics, Religion and Poetry. Committed to ‘Art for Life’s Sake’, both poets wrote about suffering, injustice and social responsibility. Similarities and differences in their beliefs show in the form and content of their work.
And as the commemorations of the First World War approach, I’ve added new items to the Links and Resources page relating to antimilitarism, pacifism, and anarchism. Here’s a sample, drawing on materials from my own research:
Wilfrid Gibson war poems: five poems written between 1914 and 1944.
Elizabeth Gibson Cheyne on violence and war: a brief selection of anti-war poems plus aphorisms on violence, imperialism and oppression, written between 1904 and 1914.
War and Women: Manifesto of the Women’s Group of the Ethical Movement: 1915. ‘In this dark hour we – a group of women in the ethical movement … are compelled to speak a word of protest and of hope.’ Speaking out against World War I, women freethinkers call for the inclusion of women in attempts to bring about peace.
Lilian Wolfe – Lifetime Resistance: 1972: ‘I think I was born an anarchist, and events in my life just enabled me to realize that that was what I was.’ Interview with 96-year-old Lilian Wolfe, lifelong anarchist, pacifist and war resister, by Sandy Martin, Stratford Women’s Liberation Group.
Coming Soon – relaunch of the NonViolence page last seen on my old website.
New articles uploaded:
Sexual Anarchy, Anarchophobia and Dangerous Desires. (2011)
How are ideas of sexual and political dangerousness connected? How can we challenge the polarization between academics and activists, theory and practice, and find new ways of propagating ideas?
From the Wilderness to the Beloved City: Elizabeth Gibson Cheyne. (2012)
‘Gautama of India, Jesus of Nazareth, Emerson of Concord, Abdu’l-Bahá of Persia … one God, though called by innumerable beautiful names’, wrote Elizabeth Gibson Cheyne after meeting Abdu’l-Bahá. Talk given at the Commemorative Day celebrating the centenary of Abdu’l-Bahá’s visit to Oxford.
‘Elizabeth and Wifrid Gibson: Art for Life’s Sake? Politics Religion and Poetry’ 2014, in Dymock Poets & Friends, No. 13, pp.36-38. Available now from www.dymock poets.co.uk. It will be made available here at a later date.
Note added September 2014: now available here online and for download.
Remembering Helen Lowe:
Two tributes to Helen have been added, remembering her involvement with Women Against Fundamentalism.
‘The Fight for Justice and Peace’ by Pragna Patel
‘A True WAF Warrior’ by Clara Connolly
If you have memories of Helen to add to her page, please send them to judy[at]judygreenway[dot]org[dot]uk
Welcome to my newly updated website. The original, now archived by the British Library, was inspired, created and maintained by the late Helen Lowe. This new version, developed by Steve Dowding, is dedicated to her memory.
New sections in development:
Links and resources provides a selection of links to groups, activists and researchers in related areas. In future it will be expanded to add background notes and resource materials connected to my research, including interview transcripts and scanned documents.
People provides resources relating to individuals.
Helen Lowe: The page dedicated to Helen includes her obituary and links to some of her own writing and photographs. I plan to add selections from tributes written after her death by her friends and colleagues. If you have memories of Helen to contribute, please send them to me – judy[at]judygreenway[dot]org[dot]uk – I’d love to hear from you.
Gibsons: This page relates to my research on poets Elizabeth Gibson Cheyne, and her brother Wilfrid Gibson, my great-aunt and grandfather. I plan in future to upload material on other Gibson family members, including amateur antiquarian and photographer John Pattison Gibson, and Michael Gibson, author of many books, and one-time art editor on the boys’ comic Eagle.
As before, articles are sorted for convenience into the categories listed on the menu, with many articles appearing in multiple categories. Additionally, there is now a search function, so you can do a word search to find what you are looking for.
A selection of keywords and tags linking to articles appears in the word cloud on every page. For a more comprehensive search, use the search function.
For those of you who care about footnotes, all newly uploaded online articles have integral footnotes. (Online articles from the previous version of this site include footnotes in the downloads only.)
And you can now subscribe to be kept updated whenever new material is added to the site.
Articles added since the update are listed below.
Wilfrid Gibson: Poetry, Family, History.
Discusses Gibson (my grandfather) as poet in the family and poet of family, raising questions about the relationship between poetry and autobiography.
Speaking Desire: anarchism and free love as utopian performance in fin de siècle Britain Anarchists and others debate free love in theory and practice. What is the relationship between sexual freedom and social transformation?
Sex Bombs: anticipating a free society
Anarchism, homosexuality and sexual politics in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. (Review article)
It’s What You Do With It That Counts: Interpretations of Otto Weininger
‘How can one classify and label the different kinds of love?’ Discusses how fin-de-siècle feminists and sexual radicals creatively reinterpreted Weininger’s misogynist theories to challenge restrictive categories of sex and gender.
Helen Lowe Obituary
Helen Lowe 1944-2011
More talks and articles are in the pipeline. New additions will be announced here, so keep an eye on this page or subscribe if you want to be kept updated.