This page has links to most of the mainstream press obituaries for Nina

Guardian Obituary

Donald Sassoon's obituary of Nina for the Guardian, and a letter commenting on it.

Independent Obituary

Geoffrey Goodman's obituary from the Independent, and a letter commenting on it.

Arthur Horner book launch, March 25th 2010

  • Tributes from speakers at the launch of Nina's biography of Arthur Horner (Lawrence & Wishart 2010) at the House of Commons on 25th March 2010.
  • Eric Hobsbawm [delivered by Sally Davison of Lawrence & Wishart ]:              " I must ask you all to excuse my absence from this great occasion.  After my spell in hospital I had hoped to be sufficiently recovered to come, but it turns out I haven't returned quite yet and so I can't be here in person.  So I can only write a few lines to honour the publication of this great book by a remarkable historian about a unique figure in British twentieth century history, in the story of our labour movement and, not least, in the history of Wales. I needn't say anything about Arthur Horner. You can find it all in Nina's two monumental volumes.  They bring out the ...
    Posted Apr 8, 2010, 6:43 AM by Dick Pountain
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More Tributes

Geoffrey Goodman's Tribune obituary
Neal Lawson's Compass obituary 
Quentin Outram's obituary for Society for the Study of Labour History newsletter
Linda Clarke's BUIRA tribute
A tribute from the
Britain at Work project
Manus O'Riordan on Nina and the B&ICO
Dick Pountain's blog tribute

Nina Fishman Memorial at TUC, Jan 31st 2010

  • Tributes given by speakers at TUC Congress House on 31st January 2010.
  • Carmel Elwell It has occurred to me before now that Nina had a lot in common with George Eliot – a writer we sometimes discussed and I know she admired. So preparing for today, I looked back at the last page of  Middlemarch and found some apt comments in the summary of Dorothea’s life. She is described as having  “ a noble impulse struggling amidst the conditions of an imperfect social state” and “ the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive.” These comments seem to me very fitting when thinking about Nina. George Eliot and Nina had a lot in common including intellectual energy;  they were both strong minded, unconventional, interested in all manner of people, and, as was ...
    Posted Mar 27, 2010, 5:05 AM by Dick Pountain
  • Anne Sassoon The first thing I want to say is how pissed off I am to be here!  Nina could be maddening.  How dare she leave us so soon!  She was one of my dearest friends, and I I miss her terribly. These red roses are from 2 women who are far away but who wanted to be present: Donald’s and my daughter Tanya, and 88 year old Betty De Losada in San Francisco. Even those of us who have no faith would still like to imagine Nina somewhere.  In fact she is to be found in our memories.  These are so individual and so personal.  What I’d like to share with you today are a few of mine. My ...
    Posted Mar 27, 2010, 5:03 AM by Dick Pountain
  • Peter Brooke Since Nina Fishman died I have been revisiting some of the material she wrote in the early nineteen-seventies - under the name, Nina Stead - for The Communist, theoretical journal of the British and Irish Communist Organisation in Britain. Towards the end of 1972, after the miners' strike in which she had played an active role as a researcher working for the NUM, she was writing a month by month analysis of the politics of the day which led to a general theoretical statement published under the evocative name, The British Road to Socialism. This provoked a number of lively replies resulting in the long The British Road to Socialism - A Reply to Criticisms, and, eventually, in the B&ICO policy ...
    Posted Feb 21, 2010, 6:41 AM by Dick Pountain
  • Alan Green For me, like many others, I think it has only just begun to sink in just how Nina was woven into the texture of my life. I think that the warmth and deep humanity of her spirit had a particular aspect, which expressed itself in very vigorous and generous engagement with other people. She possessed an organizing and connecting impulse which meant that she infused herself into our lives and the connections between our lives; many of which,of course, she had created.I'll come back to this, but I think it would not be right to leave Nina in a sort of warm, cosy haze. She was often not a comfortable person for those around her. Her originality ...
    Posted Feb 11, 2010, 4:22 AM by Dick Pountain
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