Liberator Popular Front

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Fan Club
Name: Liberator Popular Front
Dates: 1978-1986
Founder(s): Anne Lewis, Ann Harding (later Mrs. David Jackson), Janet Ellicott, also Audrey Waller and Jane Passfield
Leadership:
Country based in: U.K.
Focus: Blake's 7
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Liberator Popular Front was the first Blake's 7 fan-run fan club. It, and Horizon, were also the two largest.

Among other things, the club published the Liberator Popular Front Newsletter, the first edition of The Quibell Abduction, and Liberator, and the zine Tales from the Rebel's Return.

It also co-sponsored (with Horizon) The Teal-Vandor Convention.

There is some conflicting info about this club in fan comments below.

A Tanith Lee Interview Regarding Blake's 7 Avatars

In an unknown issue of this zine, there is an interview with Tanith Lee regarding her "use" of Blake's 7 characters in the pro book, Kill the Dead.

According to Tanith's interview some years ago for LP], Myal Lemyal is based on herself. I quote from my own precis of the interview:

"...KtD. Are the main characters Avon and Vila?"
It would be foolish for a pro writer to use a copyright character in a novel. Parl is based to a point on Paul Darrow. I have a habit of using personalities in this way -- as images, a sort of hologram, not the actual people. Myal is not based on Vila or Michael Keating but on myself as a male projection in a talented, accident-prone mood (note the name - My Al, Le My Al...) The confusion over this arose as I can identify with Vila and have occasionally said so..."
Parl isn't much like Avon but I think there are extraordinary echoes of Paul. It sounds as though there are copyright problems which are causing her to be very cautions re what she says nowadays. The Americans have read or seen a recent interview of hers, used by Jenkins, which appears to contradict the one she gave to Liberator Popular Front. I had to send a friend in the U.S. a copy of the original to prove my points. You'll recall Silver Sky was written for Paul, not Avon. KtD is an interesting story, although the chapter when the dream dissolves and Parl tells all is disappointing after all that dramatic build-up. Apparently Tanith was a newspaper journalist and I think she uses the wrong technique at times in this story -- she writes a mystery so we have no real opportunity to enter Perl's mind until it's almost too late, thus we lose some of the poignancy. However, the finale with Myal is superlative. Myal is my favourite character in this story. He is beautiful but coincidently not like Vila. The nearest I can compare is a playful, fey, modern version of Legolas. [1]

Descriptions

1978

WHAT IS THE LIBERATOR POPULAR FRONT?

The Liberator Popular Front is a group of BLAKES SEVEN fanatics who live in and around London. We meet one Sunday in every month. Dues are 25p per meeting] most of which goes into victualing the members. Later on, we plan commemorative trips to Basingstoke (scene of "Children of The Stones"), etc. Right now, we mainly site around and exchange ideas about our favourite TV series. AND ANY MEMBER WHO VALUES THEIR LIFE BUCKLES DOWN AND WRITE CONTRIBUTIONS FOR LIBERATOR. OR ELSE! If you would like to attend and can make it along to an East London location on a Sunday afternoon, phone Anne Lewis on [phone number redacted] evenings and weekends, for details. [2]

1993

LPF was Liberator Popular Front (Tooting Popular Front was on TV at the time, wasn't it? Repeating again now, lovely!). Club run by Audrey Waller and Jane Passfield (two of the best editors around, and Jane wrote excellent fiction and poetry) with a lot of input from Tim Pieraccini (more excellent fiction and some prodigious scripts). The club commenced before Horizon, I think, and was larger for a while. When Interest began to flag, before the series was shown in the US, Audrey and Jane decided to close LPF - also, they no longer had the time to deal with it. I correspond occasionally with Audrey, who is still a fan, but have no idea what has happened to Jane. Newsletters were quite serious, heavy on analytical LOCs and articles, with some short fiction, rather like the Avon club newsletters. [3]
LPF was "Liberator Popular Front" which began as a joke by a group of fans who wore T-shirts at cons and then decide to set up a club. This happened in 1980. It was a good club and produced a lot of lively debate. (The name was probably a joke from the Citizen Smith TV series which featured the "Tooting Popular Front"). Anyway, the club closed in 1986.... Anne Lewis: sadly, she died in 1982. [4]

References

  1. as reported by Ros Williams in Horizon Letterzine#8 in January 1994
  2. from the zine Liberator
  3. from Horizon Letterzine #5 (March 1993)
  4. from Horizon Letterzine #5 (March 1993)