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May this year marks the 80th anniversary of the ‘Barcelona May Days’ when dissident anarchist forces and those of the POUM (Partido Obrero de Unificación Marxista) clashed with the communist and socialist-backed Spanish Republican authorities on the streets of the Catalan capital. A memoir of the event takes up much of George Orwell’s ‘Homage to Catalonia’, which in turn inspired the Ken Loach film ‘Land and Freedom’.

Ocho tells the story of eight men from Hull who went to fight in the Spanish Civil War. Jane Thornton is a BAFTA-winning playwright and she has worked with local historians and relatives of the eight men to weave together this fascinating tale, not only of the men but of the wives they left behind. 

Here is the provisional programme for the IBMT’s 2017 Annual General Meeting weekend:


Len Crome 2017

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Marina Morales writes to us in Spanish to report the unveiling on 19 February in Motril of a memorial to the Canadian doctor Norman Bethune, who helped refugees fleeing along the Málaga to Almería road in February 1937 while they were being mercilessly bombed by Franco and his allies. 

Curator of The Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum Tom De Wit writes about the unlikely story of a photograph being found of an International Brigade volunteer Archie Dolan...

By Mark Hoskisson of Unite NW/387 Branch, an IBMT affiliate and a sponsor of the trip to Jarama



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