Keir Hardie – Socialist fairytale

A 19th-century fairytale by Labour party founder Keir Hardie, which sees a gnarled, good-natured giant called Labour pitted against a king who was “much given to scheming and had a perfect hatred of work”, is to see the light of day for what is believed to be the first time in more than a century.

The History of a Giant: Being a Study in Politics for Very Young Boys, was published in the socialist newspaper Labour Leader on 8 April 1893, but has lain forgotten since. One of dozens of tales in a new collection of socialist children’s stories, Hardie’s story follows the life of Labour as he comes to the realisation that he needs to rid himself of the king and his offspring, Liberal and Tory.

The collection also includes another tale from Hardie, 1894’s Jack Clearhead. Subtitled “A Fairy Tale for crusaders”, Hardie intended for it “to be read to them by their fathers and mothers”.

Guardian review.

‘Workers’ Tales. Socialist Fairy Tales, Fables, and Allegories from Great Britain’ is published in November 2018 by Princetown University Press.

Pauline Bryan Event at Edinburgh International Book Festival

A century after the death of Keir Hardie, founder of the Labour Party, Labour faces it toughest challenges following defeat to the Tories at Westminster and the SNP in Holyrood.

As part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival Kier Hardie Society member Pauline Bryan, who edited What Would Keir Hardie Say?, joins BBC political correspondent Iain Watson, author of Five Million Conversations, to look at Labour’s electoral defeats and explore whether in the process it can rediscover its political roots. They discuss their ideas with Ruth Wishart.

When: Sunday, 14th August 7.15pm – 8.15pm

Where: Studio Theatre

Cost: £12.00, £10.00

Tickets on sale from 8.30am Tuesday 21 June

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