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A podcast which explores the courses and community activities which the WEA in the North East deliver or are involved in.

As part of International Women’s Month, we look at the life of northern heroine Ellen Wilkinson with her biographer Dr Matt Perry.  From her impoverished background in Manchester to her election as MP for Jarrow in 1935 and her role as Minister of State for Education in the 1945 Labour government, Matt discusses Ellen’s political development and her many contradictions. With a new play about her, ‘Red Ellen’ opening at Northern Stage in Newcastle in March, Ellen’s short but energetic life is about to once again come under the spotlight.


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