Peaky Blinders – the Real Jessie Eden

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Charlie Murphy as Jessie Eden in “Peaky Blinders” (image – copyright Robert Viglasky @ Caryn Manderbach Productions 2017)

 

in the latest series of Peaky Blinders, a real life Birmingham character is portrayed. Jessie Eden was a well known figure in the Birmingham Communist Party of the 1930s. She led a tenants’ Rent Strike in 1931, and was friends with some former Clarion members. On Saturday January 13th, Birmingham Clarion Singers will be performing at an event to celebrate the real Jessie, and what her legacy means for today’s young workers and activists.

 

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