Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Deborah Lavin

From David Morgan of the Socialist History Society on facebook:

IT is with deep sadness that I have to inform everyone of the death of our comrade and friend, Deborah Lavin, a very active member, a serious historian and excellent speaker, who organised some excellent lecture series in recent years at Conway Hall. She will be much missed. Longer tributes will follow. RIP Deborah.

Deborah Lavin was an actress, stand up poet, playwright and most importantly for our purposes an independent historian, interested in the interface of radicalism, socialism and feminism in the 19th century.  Deborah’s short book Charles Bradlaugh contra Karl Marx, Radicalism vs Socialism in the First International was published by the Socialist History Society in 2011 and a review of the work in the LSHG Newsletter by Keith Flett can be read here:


A number of talks by Deborah are available via youtube - see for example, her 2016 talk "Charles Bradlaugh and the Early Years of the National Secular Society" here:

RIP Deborah and condolences from the London Socialist Historians Group to her family, friends and comrades.

Her website with more details of her life and work are here - 

1 comment:

  1. She was a character, and a wonderful person.
    I'll never forget her twin statues of Stalin and the Pope-and both in the same room.
    I'll miss her
    Mike Squires