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Meet the Author of 'Clean Air'

sat20may12:30 PMsat2:30 PMMeet the Author of 'Clean Air'With Gianfranco Rosolia

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CLEAN AIR is an inspirational true story about female empowerment, grassroots activism and environmental justice.

Jennie Shearan was born and raised in South Tyneside. She was a clean air pioneer and fought tirelessly for decades for justice in her community.

Come and meet author and Jennie’s grandson Gianfranco Rosolia who can tell you more about the inspirational work of Jennie and has signed copies of the book you can buy.

For the people who lived on the doorstep of Monkton Coke Works, their daily reality was a horrendous nightmare of hazardous and acrid sulphur dioxide emissions, all-pervading soot, and clamorous tannoys. Over decades, the facility grew unflaggingly, converting ever-increasing quantities of coal into coke without concern for the residents’ well-being. In forming the Hebburn Residents’ Action Group, Jennie united and empowered the underrepresented residents of Monkton Lane Estate, and gave them a voice, igniting a national dialogue about the health risks from the pollution that her neighbourhood had to endure.

Book Reviews:
‘A wonderful record of Jennie Shearan’s extraordinary campaign for environmental justice. CLEAN AIR recounts the vision, courage, and staying power of Jennie and her close colleagues in the Hebburn Residents’ Action Group. They provided hope for countless people.’ – Jonathon Porritt CBE

‘Jennie Shearan was a remarkable woman who was rooted in – and utterly devoted to – her local community. CLEAN AIR is a timely reminder of the importance of honouring women such as Jennie who can inspire others to follow her example of pursuing worthwhile causes and giving selfless public service.’ – Baroness Joyce Quin, former Europe Minister

No booking required, just pop by and say hello to find out more.


(Saturday) 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM


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