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Shirley Collins: "When I sing I feel past generations standing behind me"

Jude Rogers, The Observer, 31 May 2015

LEWES, EAST SUSSEX, is a lovely, slyly rebellious town. Pretty shopfronts and streets mask its political history: Thomas Paine wrote his first pamphlet here demanding better rights for workers; Irish Easter Rising revolutionaries were interned in its prison, and Lewes Bonfire remains a heartland of anti-establishment fervour every November, with flaming crosses paraded and effigies burned.

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