The Hannah Mitchell Foundation: A radical voice for The North
12.30 Thursday June 6th 2013
hannah festival celebrates The North
A new festival celebrating ‘great things happening in the North’ takes place in Leeds between June 12th and 16th, with over 25 events covering an amazing range of topics from future transport systems to ‘tweetart’, poetry, digital creativity, ‘radical regionalism’, the history of women’s suffrage, craft beer and ‘monsterology’. Most of the events are free.
hannah festival is inspired and informed by the work of the Hannah Mitchell Foundation, named after Hannah Mitchell (1871 – 1946). Festival organiser Andrew Wilson says “The Hannah Mitchell Foundation is ace and the festival is a tribute and celebration of a great Northerner who loved the culture and creativity of seemingly ‘ordinary’ people who did extraordinary things. And there will be plenty of extraordinary things happening during the festival.”
Foundation secretary Paul Salveson says “we are a radical voice for the North…our aim of democratic decentralisation must mean that we get lots more of the great stuff that is celebrated in the festival. The new regionalism is about creativity, innovation and ‘speculations on the soul’. We are delighted that our work has inspired this festival and we hope lots of people will come along to the events in Leeds.”
“Hannah is a celebration of great stuff going on now, and it’s also a space for connecting and sharing so that more of it can happen, said Andrew.”
The event has been organised with no grant aid, just contributions from supporters. It’s hoped that the hannah festival will become an annual event, in cities and towns across the North. This year’s festival includes an event in Manchester on Saturday June 15th which will discuss policies and ideas for a new North.
The full programme is at www.hannahfestival.com
For more information on the festival ring Andrew Wilson 07980 224927; For more on The Hannah Mitchell Foundation Paul Salveson 07795 008691
Note for editors
The Hannah Mitchell Foundation is a broadly-based campaign for Northern devolution, supported by many Northern MPs and peers. Linda Riordan is president of the Foundation. The Foundation was founded in March 2012 to lobby for devolution to the North of England and is rapidly building up support across the North of England. Its patrons include Lord Prescott, several MPs and the grand-son of Hannah Mitchell. Hannah (1871-1946) was a radical activist who was imprisoned during the agitation for women’s votes. She went on to become a popular councillor in the Newton Heath ward of Manchester. Although she had just two weeks of formal schooling she was a talented writer.
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