John Maclean: Hero of the Red Clydeside
‘I am not here, then, as the accused; I am here as the accuser of capitalism dripping with blood from head to foot’ – John Maclean, Speech from the Dock, 1918. Feared by the government, adored by workers, celebrated by Lenin and Trotsky; the head of British Military Intelligence called John Maclean ‘the most dangerous man in Britain’. This new biography explores the events that shaped the life of a momentous man – from the Great War and the Great Unrest, to the Rent Strike and the Russian Revolution. It examines his work as an organiser and educator, his imprisonment and hunger strike, and how he became the early hero of radical Scottish Independence.
Henry Bell is a writer and editor. He works for an arts festival; runs a regular night of music and poetry called Fail Better; and recently had some of his writing performed at a Play, a Pie, and a Pint at the Oran Mor. Over the last two years he has been working on cultural exchange projects between Scotland and Palestine. He recently co-edited A Bird is not a Stone, an anthology of translated contemporary Palestinian poetry. He lives in Glasgow.