Pendle Radicals – Events

Sharing our heritage

SICK OF BEING NORMAL – Film Premiere & online event

The premiere of the short film (16 mins) about SOBN and the event that happened back in February will take place from 7pm on Friday 18th. We hope you’ll all watch it. The link for the film on Vimeo will be shared here and on our social media pages at 7pm:

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At 8pm on the same evening there will be an online gathering of some of the main players from the SOBN project and the SOBN event in February, to talk about the ideas behind the project, how it fits into the wider Pendle Radicals programme and a chance for the audience to ask some questions. This is free of charge, but numbers are limited, and booking in advance is essential. You can register for the event HERE.

The event will be on Zoom, and you will need to have Zoom downloaded onto your device to access the event. It’s simple and free to do and a link is included in the registration confirmation email.

Please note that it is possible that ‘colourful’ language may feature in this event, please consider whether you should attend if this would offend you.


On Saturday 8 February we had a wonderful evening of music, photography, words and print as the Sick of Being Normal exhibition and event looked back at the punk explosion in the Pendle Hill area in 1979-80, and its legacy.

This sold out event was attended by people from far and wide. One musician travelled from America to play and audience members made the trip from across the country, as well as from as far away as Australia, just to be a part of this special night. What many of the audience had in common was that they had been part of the punk movement as teenagers, so it was a night of reunions and recollections as well as great music!

We will be sharing a film of the event in due course.  Unfortunately Casey Orr’s exhibition is no longer accessible due to the COVID-19 library closures. Click here for more details.

For those further afield you can get a copy of the Sick of Being Normal photozine posted directly to you. Visit our Shop for details.


All the introductory talks have now happened.  If you are interested in joining the Lancashire Dialect Reading group, facilitated by Jennifer Reid please email us and we will put you in touch with her.  The group is dedicated to preserving, reading and writing the Lancashire dialect, while also having lots of fun!  You can read about the first two sessions on our blog.

Please note that due to the current situation Jennifer is moving the group online. Please get in touch with us if you are interested in joining in.

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Posted by Mid Pennine Arts on Tuesday, 7 January 2020



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