Peterloo: The Story of the Manchester Massacre
On the morning of 16 August 1819 at St Peter’s Field, Manchester, 60,000 working men, women, and children gathered to peacefully protest in the cause of parliamentary reform. By day’s end, over 650 had been injured and 15 killed as panicked troops tried to disperse the crowd – the bloodiest clash in British political history. Jacqueline Riding, adviser on Mike Leigh’s epic film of the same name, argues that Peterloo’s shocking events 200 years ago were instrumental in the battle for UK political reform.
In conversation with Sarah Fraser.
Sarah Fraser won the 2012 Saltire First Scottish Book of the Year for her acclaimed debut The Last Highlander, which in 2016 also became a New York Times ebook bestseller. A writer and regular contributor on TV and radio, she has a PhD in obscene Gaelic poetry and lives in the Scottish Highlands.