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Celebrating Horsham District’s Radical Heroes in the Year of Culture

Friday 16 August, marked the 200 years anniversary of the Peterloo massacre, an event that took place in Manchester and marked a key moment in the democratic evolution of our country.
Horsham’s year of Culture provides us with an opportunity to celebrate, in a timely manner, two key figures with important associations with the event and the radical movement of that time, both with connections with Horsham District.
Henry ‘Orator’ Hunt, the great radical speaker of that time whose attendance at the rally, which became the Peterloo Massacre, attracted thousands to hear him speak about social and parliamentary reform, is buried in St. Peter’s churchyard, Parham.
The great romantic poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley, born in Horsham District, wrote the great radical poem, ‘The Mask of Anarchy’, which immortalised the events that took place that day in Manchester. ‘The Mask of Anarchy’ will be one of the poems featured in an evening of radical poetry and music organised by the ‘Shelley Memorial Project’, taking place at the College of Richard Collyer on the evening of 20 September.
‘Attila the Stockbroker on Shelley’  features Sussex’s modern day, radical, social, surrealist poet and musician, Attila the Stockbroker, performing Shelley’s radical poems alongside his own work.
The event will also include a performance of songs from Attila’s critically acclaimed album ‘Restoration Tragedy’ which combines early music and punk with songs about English radical movements. Watch out for Crumhorn, recorder, mandola and sausage bassoon!
Carol Hayton, a founding member of the Shelley Memorial Project, explained: “This special evening will demonstrate the enduring power of poetry to highlight the key social issues of our time and will encourage us all to think more deeply about them.”
For tickets or more information about this event which is set to be one of the highlights of the Year of Culture fringe, visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/attila-the-stockbroker-on-shelley-an-evening-of-radical-poetry-and-music-tickets-66622306111  or email carolhayton@btinternet.com

This is a fund-raising event for the The Shelley Memorial Project, whose objective is to promote the work of the radical poet and to provide a lasting memorial to Shelley here in Horsham.  If you would like to know more about the project, please contact Carol Hayton at the above email address.

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