When I spoke to you for the Irish Left Archive , I said that it was the Miners’ Strike of 1984 that drew me into political activity (I was living in the UK at the time). And that was a huge part of my journey to being in Independent Left today. But I also had been pre-disposed to be sympathetic to the miners by having read John Steinbeck’s ‘The Grapes of Wrath’. I wonder, too, about the effect of the writings of Tove Jansson when I was much younger, 8 - 10. She wrote the Moomintroll books and if you know them, you’ll know there’s quite an anarchist spirit flowing through them (Little My and Snufkin vs Hemulens).