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Beatrix Campbell and Rahila Gupta

Beatrix Campbell and Rahila Gupta
Beatrix Campbell and Rahila Gupta - activists and writers
Beatrix Campbell is a writer, broadcaster and activist in feminist and green politics. Her latest book - End of Equality - The Only Way is Women’s Liberation - has been hailed as ‘beautiful, heart-swelling prose’. She has been described as ‘one of the best speakers on the Left’ and as ’the quintessential British writer’. If she is not thus ‘defined, let alone deified’, nevertheless Campbell has passionate followers; she is loved - and she is hated.

She worked as a reporter, helped found the Women's Liberation journal Red Rag, and whilst working at the London listings magazine Time Out took part in a marathon strike and occupation to defend equal pay for all. She then joined the majority of the staff in forming the co-operatively-owned London magazine City Limits.
During the economic crisis of the 1980s in Britain, she ‘brilliantly re-imagined George Orwell’s The Road to Wigan Pier,’ (her book won the Cheltenham Literature Festival Prize); she followed with pathbreaking books on child abuse, Tory women, riots, Princess Diana and sexual politics, war and peace in Northern Ireland, and finally the 21st century sexual settlement.

After her book 'Goliath' was adapted by Bryony Lavery and Sphinx Theatre into a one-woman play, she has ventured, with Judith Jones into playwrighting, driven by a sense that the unendurable and unspeakbable can be rendered bearable and beautiful in theatre.

She has been awarded many prizes and honorary doctorates, an OBE for work on equality, and she appeared on the 2012 World Power Pride List. In 2013 The Guardian listed her among the Top 300 Popular Intellectuals.

Campbell’s collaboration with Rahila Gupta is animated by their wish to ask big questions - and contemplate big answers - about the politics of patriarchy and of feminism.

Rahila Gupta is a freelance journalist, writer and activist. She is a longstanding member of the management committee of Southall Black Sisters, an advocacy and campaigning women's group set up in 1979 for women escaping domestic violence and chair of the Nihal Armstrong Trust which funds families of children with cerebral palsy to buy cutting-edge equipment and services.

She was a member of the writing team on Westway, an award winning BBC World Service drama. With Kiranjit Ahluwalia she wrote Provoked, the story of a battered woman who killed her violent husband and co-wrote the screenplay based on the book and released as a film in 2007. Her last book, Enslaved, on immigration controls, published in 2007, was said to be ‘one of the most vital books of the new century’. Her verse play Don't Wake Me: The Ballad of Nihal Armstrong was nominated for three awards and was selected by the British Council as part of their showcase in Edinburgh 2013 and went on tour to USA and India in 2014.

Her articles are published in the Guardian, New Humanist, New Internationalist and OpenDemocracy among other magazines, journals and websites. She is currently writing a radio play inspired by the life and death of Jimmy Mubenga, an Angolan deportee.

Her fantasy to write a book which did for gender what Marx did for class was brought down to earth by Bea’s infinite wisdom.

feminism, patriarchy, race, religious fundamentalism, rape, neo-liberalism, Arab Spring, sexism, democracy