“Peace Woman refuses to pay fine, birthday in custody. Southampton Peace Woman, spent her 21st birthday in police custody at the start of a 7 day prison sentence for refusing to pay fines imposed after she took part in a blockade at Greenham Common.”

Carolyn Barnes shares the story behind the newspaper headline in the Southampton Daily Echo. She became involved with Greenham after moving from Bolton to attend Southampton University.  She joined various groups including CND, 3rd World First and a local group “Families Against the Bomb”. Her friend, Di McDonald, used to take a group of them to Greenham for demonstrations in her campervan.

Carolyn talks about being new to politics when first staying at Blue Gate, the cruise missiles being brought in, the excitement of a women-only space, treatment by the police, prison, poetry and impact on her family. She also recalls people not expecting women to stick up for each other and the different ways in which women reacted to the balance of power.

Carolyn describes Greenham as earthy, real, natural and primal.

Carolyn was interviewed by Tricia Grace-Norton in February 2021.

Interview Transcript