Twyford Rising - a protest that changed history

by Helen Beynon in Norwich, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 3rd September 2020 we successfully raised £5,731 with 200 supporters in 28 days

To print and distribute the book Twyford Rising - the true story of an environmental protest that changed the world.

by Helen Beynon in Norwich, England, United Kingdom

Twyford Rising - land and resistance, voices from the first road protest

Twyford Rising is a book that needed to be written. Now the manuscript is complete, I need your help to print and distribute it.

Twyford Rising tells the true and previously untold story of the protests to stop the construction of a motorway through Twyford Down, a beautiful hill in Hampshire, England. This was the first time environmental direct action on this scale had been taken in the UK and it inspired similar campaigns across the world.

My book tells the story of the protests in the words of people who were there, weaving together memories of local residents, new age travellers and young environmental activists. Only those who took part can really tell this story of unlikely alliances, adventure and heartbreak. Interviews are linked by my narrative, which is rich in descriptions of a wild and ancient landscape, evoking a place that was loved by the people who walked there and by those who camped on the route of the road. Twyford Rising is illustrated with photographs and leaflets from the time, recording both actions and the lost land itself.

Twyford Down is acknowledged as the birthplace of the modern environmental movement and my book contains ideas and inspiration for contemporary campaigners. It is also vital for understanding todays' environmental protests, including those against HS2, fracking and climate change. Alongside activism, Twyford Rising also explores the quest for low impact lifestyles and spiritual connections with the Earth.

With your help now, I can turn my manuscript into a book that others can enjoy. The money I raise will pay for the design, printing and distribution of Twyford Rising and ensure it can be circulated through universities, bookshops and festivals.  

By contributing you will help make sure this unique moment in history is available for all to read - and help me tell a truly incredible story.

Photo credits for film: A McNaughton (tipi, security guards & tripod), JMP, C Thomas, K Barrett, I Crawford (painted faces) J Cooke, M Lambert & R Harbinson (woman at the wire).

Music thanks to P Gill.

Video editor J Volynchook


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Star Supporter

Signed first edition of Twyford Rising, plus your name in the book with a big thank you and a mounted A4 print of one of the photographs from Twyford Rising.

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Twyford Rising - the book

Signed first edition of Twyford Rising and a postcard from the author.

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Signed first edition of Twyford Rising, plus set of 8 unique postcards of images from the book.

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Poster Package

Signed first edition of Twyford Rising, plus set of 8 postcards and an A3 poster of the front cover.

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2 signed first editions of Twyford Rising, set of postcards of images from the book plus an A3 poster of the front cover. Ideal for a bookshop or buy one copy for yourself and another as a gift!

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2 signed first edition copies of Twyford Rising, a set of 8 postcards and an A3 poster of the front cover, plus a talk from the author about the book (on-line or in person as circumstances allow), either in your bookshop or at your event.

£150 or more

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Writing workshop

Signed first edition of Twyford Rising, plus an on-line workshop with the author. If you are writing an oral history, or about wildlife, landscape, environmental or social justice activism, this is for you! I will read your manuscript or extract up to 3000 words and give you feedback in writing and in an on-line workshop of up to 2 hours.

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Superstar Supporter

Signed first edition of Twyford Rising, your name in the book with an extra special thank you, a mounted print of one of the photographs from the book, plus a invite to a walk in the Twyford Down landscape with the author and one of the interviewees in the book, followed by refreshments. (This package can be adapted for those not able to walk on uneven ground.)

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