On Thursday, 2nd October in Hastings, Tara Reddy, Tim Barton and Simon Mouatt (plus friends) are together hosting two events to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the publication of Robert Tressell’s ‘Ragged Trousered Philanthropists’ and its subsequent impact on socialism in Britain.
(‘Ragged Trousered Philanthropists’ was famously set in the fictional town of Mugsborough, which was modelled on Robert Tressell’s hometown of Hastings. Tressell was a sign writer here and examples of his his work can still be seen by the eagle eyed.
Sadly, Robert Tressell died in 1911, before the publication of ‘Ragged Trousered Philanthropists’)
Events on this day of celebration will include live music, mini-talks, a book-stall, performance poetry, story-telling, a photographic display of key events and a performance by the well known socialist poet Attila the Stockbroker.
In the afternoon, at the Urban BBQ in Robertson St (2-6pm), there will be readings from Tim Barton, Bryan MacMahon (author of ’Robert Tressell, Dubliner’), story-telling, acoustic music and a bookstall.
The evenings entertainment at The Carlisle (7pm to midnight) will begin with local singer/songwriter Tom Cole, followed by National Blues Award winner (2014) King Size Slim, the legendary Tymon Dogg and the aforementioned Attila the Stockbroker. There will also be contributions from Professor of Economics Nick Potts, Martin Chomsky (author of ‘RTP Downsized’), Selena Saliva (poet), the local Tressell Society and Chopper (DJ).
Both events will be non-ticketed (i.e. free) in order to encourage a larger audience, although individual donations to meet event expenses will be welcomed.
The events are planned to coincide with the launch of a Hastings campaign, headed by Tara Reddy, to install a permanent statue of Robert Tressell in the town. Which sounds like a great idea to us and one that is long overdue as well.
Further information will be given on the day and there will be an opportunity to sign up for the memorial campaign as well.