Howkins, Alun (16 of 17). Oral History of Oral History
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2008-03-03, 2009-04-21, 2009-06-11, 2009-07-30, 2009-10-08, 2009-10-29, 2009-12-10, 2010-04-22, 2010-11-17, 2011-08-15
Howkins, Alun, 1947- (speaker, male)
Wilkinson, Robert (speaker, male)
Part 16: More about Gone for a Soldier. Donnellans friendship with Ewan McColl. Folknarodniks people playing with traditional players. Ewans attitude to traditional music/ Talks about Walter Pardon. Tried something on common land but not picked up by the BBC. Reflects on why he didnt go any further in the media. Talks about Michael Ignatieff. The challenges of media work. Never once felt on Fruitful Earth that he could not defend what he said. Filming at Skara Brae and he said to camera that nothing much would grow there and later found that they grew oats. They Chinesed it in the editing suite. Crew liked working with him. [17:00] In 1979 he and Linda joined the Labour Party in Brighton in St Peters Ward. Describes the area and the local Labour Party. Militant candidate, Rod Fitch in 1984 election. Militant ejected. Blairism took over in part due to the unelectable Trots. [24:30] In 1989 they moved to Lewes in part to get out of Brighton. Joined the Lewes Labour Party moribund. Came back to Brighton in 1993. Left because Harriet Harman sent her children to private school. More about History Workshop journal. Might join the Labour Party again because of Ed Miliband. Knew him as a boy because Marion, his mother, was involved with History Workshop.
Life story interview with Alun Howkins, Emeritus Professor of History at University of Sussex and agricultural historian and folklorist.