Comrades,

This is a Reminder and invitation to South Yorkshire Unite Community members to attend:

What? – ‘Social Haunting’ Research Project – Ghost Lab 3: a Comic Strip workshop led by the wonderful comics artist/story-shaper, JIM MEDWAY (born in Wakefield, now based in Furniss Vale, High Peak), supported by Dr SARAH McNICOL, esteemed author and researcher in innovative and collaborative learning from Manchester Metropolitan University. Plus there will be a little bit of ghostly help from the recently rediscovered North East dialect comic strips of pit man JIMMY KEYS!

When? – 11.00 am to 3.00 pm, Wednesday 4th November

Where? – the NUM Offices, 2 Huddersfield Rd (Victoria Rd entrance), Barnsley S70 2LS

Participants? – SY UC members already participating in this creative research, PLUS those interested in participating for the first time (this workshop is different to Ghost Labs 1 & 2, so it will be worthwhile for both to attend).

Please register for attendance with Geoff Bright (Project Leader) by emailing G.Bright@mmu.ac.uk  or by texting “Ghost Lab 3” and your name to 07825 669799

The notion of ‘social haunting’ is a fascinating way for us as individuals and as members of our various communities (however we define these), to reflect on our lives, and it is a concept of great interest to front-edge, academic researchers studying the dynamics of identity and societal construction through Sociology and its related disciplines, notably when cross-referenced with perceptions of social hauntings found in the expressive ‘producings’ (can’t think of a better word!) of those working in Creative/Artistic fields.

Individuals who have already had some involvement in the research have reacted very positively to the experience so I urge you all to put this date in your diaries now, and make a point of attending. This is the third and last Ghost Lab. The Arts & Humanities Research Council has funded this Project on the basis that it will ‘partner’ with the Rochdale-based Co-operative Movement and the South Yorkshire Unite the Community Branches, so we do need a good number of our members to take part. The first two Ghost Lab workshops demonstrated that it is also a good opportunity to foster inter-branch awareness and friendship.

As I write to you all, it could be said that we find ourselves in “The Corbyn Moment” – if not “Momentum!” – when, as trade union members – and very often as social and political activists as well – we find ourselves re-thinking old possibilities as potentially new promises. What a great time to have the opportunity to be participants in this kind of research!

If you are in contact with any Branch members who are not on this email list but may be interested, please do not hesitate to tell them about the Ghost Lab event and urge them to participate in the research as well.

Please note that it is not necessary for you to have a background in the Mining Industry or communities to participate in this research. Nor do you need to have special drawing skills to participate. All are welcome.

Lastly, I would appreciate it if you could confirm back to me that you have received this email.

Fraternal thanks,

John Taylor
UtC member (Sheffield)
SY UtC Link Person to the Social Haunting Research Project