Wild talk, and easy enough to laugh.
That’s not the point and never was the point.
What was real was the generosity, expectant hope,
The open and true desire to create the good…
– Thomas McGrath, from ‘Letter To An Imaginary Friend’
This section of the blog is open to anyone to contribute their thoughts on looking back these events – or their memories. Just email contributions to Gerry Cordon at email@example.com
The edition of “In Living Memory” about the 1970 student protests at Keele, Liverpool and Warwick was broadcast on 10 August at 11am on BBC Radio 4. This YouTube clip contains the section on the Liverpool protest.
I have also posted here some pieces that look back on the period and which reflect on the factors contributing to student radicalism at the time.
If you fancy settling down to a lengthy and sceptical analysis of the period (which mentions Liverpool several times) try this. (However, note that the greatest amount of implied sarcasm is reserved for a quotation from Guild Gazette article that was published anonymously – it’s on page 286). There is also some interesting ‘pre-history’ of student protest at Liverpool (ie, before our time) concerning protests by female students in 1965 against hours and male visiting restrictions (wasn’t that what kicked off Nanterre in 1968?).
If that’s not to your taste, try Tariq Ali’s Storming Heaven (link below), a piece written by Tariq Ali in 1988, to mark the 20th anniversary of 1968. Or Sheila Rowbotham’s When resistance didn’t seem futile: written for the 30th anniversary of that momentous year (link below).