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Matchwomen's Festival 2017

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The London Irish Centre

50-52 Camden Square



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MATCHFEST '17- better to strike a light than curse the darkness!

We're incredibly proud of our line-up and exclusive events this year, including Shami Chakrabarti and Diane Abbott, in conversation. But they do mean tickets are selling fast!

The Bow Matchwomen's groundbreaking strike of 1888, which we celebrate every year, was friendship and sisterhood in action: they understood that 'We are many, they are few'.

With no union, no money and no job security, they took action to defend one sacked girl, and ended up facing down one of the country's most powerful employers. Their unexpected victory began a social movement from which the new union movment sprang, eventually leading to the founding of the Labour Party.

For our 5th annual festival we will take inspiration from each other, and from speakers of diverse gifts who have one thing in common: they never, ever give up!


Our Speakers

EXCLUSIVE TO US: Poet Star Joseph reads her unpublished 'I Am a Woman'

Imani Robinson: UK Black Lives Matter

EXCLUSIVE TO US: Shami Chakrabarti, Shadow Attorney General in conversation with Diane Abbott MP, Shadow Home Secretary

Girls of the Mary and Jesus Language College on how the matchwomen inspired them

Rachel Holmes: best-selling author of 'Eleanor Marx', and the forthcoming biography of Sylvia Pankhurst

Kiri Tunks: the NUT Vice President on sexual harassment in schools and what parents can do

Barbara Jackson, Secretary of the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign

Heather Peacock, the young woman who battled her own brain injuries to save the NHS Unit that helped her

Claire Heuchan aka 'Sister Outrider'- Black, lesbian, feminist activist and writer

Sarah Wise, author of the Blackest Streets

Nina on surviving, thriving and helping other women after violence and abuse

Louise Raw, festival founder, on women fighting back through history

Mary Chamberlain of the London Recruits: the sensational story of the young women who undertook clandestine missions for the ANC during the bleakest years of the apartheid regime; now subjects of a book and film.

Let Us Entertain You!

Comedian Hannah Chutzpah

Music curated by LOUD WOMEN! and featuring

Steve White and the Protest Family


Thunder on the Left

Ms Mohammed

The Menstrual Cramps

Our Guests

Tell us about yourself (if you want to!) through our 'introduce yourself' feature: tell us what campaigns you are involved in, want help with, or just what you'd like to chat to fellow guests about.


This year we have a beautiful venue in the McNamara Suite at the London Irish Centre. Camden is on the doorstep, and there is a luxurious bar area where you can relax and meet friends between the action.


You have the choice of adding a lunch deal to your ticket, for £6.60 per box.

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