- Painted Demin Flag
- Image of work in the Northumberland Folk Exhibition at Berwick Museum and Art Gallery 19.05.2021 to 31.10.2021
If you’re not from a mining area, or community, you may struggle to comprehend the importance of the last big miner’s strike, & not just in a financial way. And in explaining it, it’s very easy to lapse into what I’d call ‘romantic socialism’.
So all that side, simply doff your cap to the women who hugely helped to hold it together whilst their husbands & partners were at the picket line… regardless of your political leanings, please. It was the women who kept the meals coming, the food parcels distributed, & a sense of tomorrow; how it may just get better.
This is all evident in the great wee book called ‘We are Woman, We are Strong’ credited to Gwen Newton, but put together by a collection of women who sold these published gems to raise money. The book, ironically is now quite collectable, & should you pay your increased fee, the money will no longer go to it’s original intended recipients. But this book of poems, thoughts & screams, from a devastating period in British political history is a great read, with compelling images to accompany the profound words.