Set against the backdrop of disastrous flooding in the North of England, ‘Rain’ dramatically chronicles the developing relationship between two young women, one of whom is a committed environmental campaigner. Their wild Bronte moorland is being criminally mismanaged. Birds and animals are being slaughtered. Across the country, crops are being systematically poisoned, even the soil itself. Rain centres on one relatively small example of moorland ownership by an elite group that impacts catastrophically on the unlanded majority living in the valley below. But the campaigners know that `a million other valleys need saving’.

They need saving not just for the sake of their human inhabitants, but for the insects and plants, birds and … More

Born OTD in 1830, Louise Michel. Louise was a teacher, poet and important figure in the Paris Commune. Following her penal transportation she embraced anarchism. When returning to France she emerged as an important French anarchist and went on speaking tours across Europe.

Set against the background of violence and state repression in a turbulent period of French history, The Red Virgin and … More