A 30 year reunion was held on Saturday, 24th October 1998 for those who were at Essex University during the Academic Years 1967/8 and 1968/9, and who considered it to have been a positive experience worth celebrating. Over 120 people came and shared a wonderful, memorable evening. Friendships were renewed.

Jack Straw quote

Essex May 68 - Books, writing, media

Guardian, May 2017: 'I drove the car into the fountain’: causing mayhem at Essex University, 1969

Dave Wilson: Ships at Sea - You ask for stories and so am sending you the chapter from my memoir which includes the Essex years. It covers my political life and so is not just about Essex, but others may recognise and share many of my pre- and post-Essex experiences.

May 1968 - hitchhiking from Essex to Paris - updated, April 2018

My First Demo: the Battle of Grosvenor Square - around 200 students from Essex marched against the war on 17 March 2018

May 1968 at Essex - one student's memory - updated version soon

A Very Essex Protest BBC R4, April 2016

Interview with Peter Townsend on his ‘Essex Days’

Left FieldLeft Field by David Wilson - includes a section on his time at Essex. 'David is an adventurer and a freethinker, who did something truly useful with his life.' - Brian Eno.   'David Wilson has lived a life and a half.The broken world needed people like David; it still does.' - Sir Tom Stoppard.   'What a life this man has led.' - Dorothy ByrneHead of Channel 4 Documentaries.   'David's entire life has been dedicated to trying to make the world a better place.' - Craig Murray, ex-UK Ambassador.  'David Wilson shows us how political activism on the Left should be: engaged, informed and passionate. With more people like him, the world would be safer and happier. Ken Livingstone.

Available from David's Wilson's website

GoodchildGoodchild: A Kink of a Life by Paul Goodchild "I had a dysfunctional childhood with death, incest and thirteen schools, was a revolting Essex University student in London and Paris 1968, had a Kalashnikov stuck in my face in Arabia in 1974, passed through Iran just before Khomeini, Afghanistan just before the Russians, got chased up a lamp post by the crowds in New Delhi on India's 40th anniversary of Independence, met Blair, Benn, Blunkett and Straw, shook hands with Chuck Berry, smoked dope with Howard Marks, drunk milk from the same cow as the Dalai Lama, visited twenty Danish Free schools, re-built a ruin up a Spanish mountain, drove to Sri Lanka, hitch-hiked to Ethiopia and . . . . " Available here


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