On the eve of Keir Hardie’s 159th birthday, Richard Leonard, Secretary of the Keir Hardie Society will address a meeting on the life and work of Keir Hardie as part of the ‘Working Class Heroes’ event hosted by Elaine Smith MSP.
Elaine who is a founding member of the Keir Hardie Society will also welcome John Callow who will speak on James Connolly.
John is the author of a new edition of “James Connolly and the Re-Conquest of Ireland” which provides the first critical reappraisal of Connolly’s last major work using a wealth of original documents and photographs.
In Connolly’s 1915 work the great revolutionary grapples with questions of nationhood, women’s rights, and political and economic democray in a way that still resonates today.
This edition also includes forewords by the late Bob Crow and Paul Kenny.
John has also recently edited a new version of Keir Hardie’s classic text from Serfdom to Socialism to commemorate 2015 as the
centenary of Hardie’s death.
The event takes place at the Columba Club in Coatbridge from 7pm on Friday 14th of August.