Ruling the dancefloor, organising at the bookshop: News from Nowhere and the fun of 70s feminism
'I sometimes forget that patriarchy exists outside the shop!'
Dear members — tomorrow is International Women’s Day, and few locations in Liverpool can claim to have done as much for feminism as News from Nowhere. For decades, the bookshop has been run collectively by a women workers' co-operative, which, as NfN put it themselves, “means no boss & no owner”.
So who better to send to explore the bookshop’s history than Rachel Collett? Rachel is a writer and PhD student currently researching the Merseyside women’s movement between 1969 and the 1990s (you may well have already come across one of her great tweets documenting feminist groups from that time). We’re biased, obviously, but we think Rachel has written a wonderfully vivid piece about why feminism was so much fun in the 70s, and why News from Nowhere were such a big part of that.
But before we get there: why Tate Liverpool is closing this October until 2025 and plans to convert Pier Head into a fan park are met with controversy.