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New Political Writing Prize 2005
Entries are invited for the
Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust/New Statesman
Prize for New Political Writing
on the subject:
Do women’s rights remain the privilege
of the developed world?

Entrants must be under
30 on Friday 29 April 2005,
which is the closing date for
please e-mail Natalie Brierley (
for the rules and a registration

The Political Economy of the Social Democracy: past, present and future
University of Wales, Swansea
31 March - 2 April 2005

The Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust

The Trust was founded in 1980 by Norman Melburn and named for his friend and fellow Marxist, the lawyer Barry Amiel. Both men are now commemorated in the name of the Trust, following Norman Melburn's death in 1991.

The general objectives of the Trust are to advance public education, learning and knowledge in all aspects of
(a) the philosophy of Marxism
(b) the history of socialism, and
(c) the working class movement.

The trustees have adopted the following statement as a working translation of the Trust's objectives: Marxism is not a fixed interpretation of history and society but a critical method which generates a different critique in different periods and situations.[more]

Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn
My father Barry Amiel and his friend Norman Melburn were two ordinary men. The fact that there is a Trust in their names is a tribute to them and their combined one hundred years of political activity. It also befits the Trust’s prime objective of sharing a Marxian understanding of the world with ordinary men and women everywhere, as a prerequisite for changing it.

Both sons of Jewish shopkeepers in London’s East End, Barry and Norman were – like many thousands of others - brought to Marxism and communism by the extraordinary events of the 1930s and 40s: the rise of fascism; its thwarting on the streets of London; its triumph in the Spanish Civil War; and its eventual overthrow worldwide in 1945.[more]

Stephen Amiel September 2004