This Saturday, the 29th July, Liverpool’s Central Library is hosting a free event on the Russian Revolution as it commemorates its 100th Anniversary.
The event shook the world, it caused panic in the so called elite, in the ranks of those fighting on the Western Front during World War One as millions of German soldiers suddenly had peace on the Russian Front, and it caused a sensation that to this day has been the stuff of legend, literary fact and one that quite often is the springboard to other people in other countries believing the same could be achieved in their own back yard.
Room 1 of the Central Library on William Brown Street will host a book launch, a video and scripted readings from 10a.m. to 5p.m.
Since that fateful time, much has been written about the October Revolution and its aftermath and from many perspectives, but none with the authenticity of first-hand experience.
The following programme forms part of series of events to celebrate the anniversary:
¬Dave Lowes introduces first-hand accounts – including testimonies to the Bolshevik Propaganda hearings of the United States Senate in 1919 – by: Bessie Beatty, Louise Bryant, Frank Keddie, Ernest Poole, Arthur Ransome and Raymond Robins. Followed by readings and discussion.
¬ Rex Dunn introduces a short promotional video of the film Betrayal – based on Andrew Smith’s memoir I Was a Soviet Worker (1937) Followed by readings from the screenplay.
¬ Pauline Hadaway introduces live readings of excerpts from her new play The Reckoning set in the aftermath of the U.K. Miners’ strike of 1983 and from Tom Hadaway’s. The Man from Shields set during the height of the Red Scare in 1949.