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Monday, 14 April 2014

London launch of 'The Ghost in the Lobby' with quest speaker Nadia Conway MBE

I first ‘met’ Nadia Conway at a meeting of Enfield Council in July 1993 when he was Chairperson of Enfield Against The Poll Tax and she was the Conservative Mayor of Enfield. In protest against Enfield Council’s use of bailiffs against poll tax non-payers I led a small but lively crowd who disrupted the start of a council meeting she was chairing. In that week’s edition of The Enfield Advertiser Nadia Conway (now Nadia Conway MBE) had this to day on the matter:

If Kevin wants to play his silly little games I think he should do it somewhere else. Eventually, he will grow up. I treat Militant Labour [the predecessor of the Socialist Party of which Kevin was a member] as silly little children.”
In December of the same year the Council’s Poll Tax Collection Department sought to have me committed to prison for his refusal to pay the tax. This attempt was not successful, and I walked free. In late 1995, having now retired from politics and living back in Galway, Ireland where I grew up, I began writing poetry.

TheGhost in the Lobby, published by Salmon Poetry, is my fourth book and will be launched in London by my former political adversary, Nadia Conway MBE former Mayor of Enfield.
The launch will take place
@ Haringey Irish Centre
Pretoria Road
N17 8DX
on Sunday, April 20th

The MC for the event will be the great Sara Byrne 
Nadia Conway was born Nadia Büchlerová in Prague, grew up in Slovakia were she was President of the Slovak Communist Youth Movement. In 1968, while Nadia was on holiday in London, the Soviet Union with the support of the other Warsaw Pact countries invaded Czechoslovakia to overthrow the government of reform Communist Alexander Dubcek. Nadia has lived in Britain ever since. In 2009 she was awarded the MBE for services to the National Health Service and the community in North London.
 Nadia Conway with Prince Charles
Another Galway Higgins at Haringey Irish Centre