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June 2019

Autonomy Now Presents: ‘Emma Goldman and Intersectionality’ with Donnacha DeLong

Thursday June 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This Thursday June 27th is Emma Goldman's 150th birthday! So on Thursday we will be celebrating her formidable life and legacy in Housmans Bookshop. Free. No booking required. Donnacha DeLong will be speaking about Emma Goldman and intersectionality. Other names to be confirmed. Free entry, no booking required. 7pm start. Donnacha DeLong is an Irish journalist and communications consultant. He is also a Past President of the National Union of Journalists. In 2010/11, Donnacha completed an MA in Political Communication…

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July 2019

Facing the Apocalypse – Arguments for Ecosocialism. Book launch with the author Alan Thornett

Wednesday July 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Alan Thornett presents his ecosocialist argument for responding to the climate crisis: he argues for a transitional approach - which separates him both from both those that think capitalism will find a solution and those who think revolutionary propaganda is enough - and makes the case that the situation requires the broadest possible movement. We are facing a multifaceted threat to the planet. Crucial resources are running out. Pollution is choking the ecosystems. From a defence of the remarkable ecological…

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Robert Lundquist: After Mozart (Heroin On 5th Street)

Friday July 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Housmans and New River Press are extremely proud to present the London launch of Robert Lundquist's After Mozart (Heroin On 5th Street) - a collection comprising of five decades of work, previously only available in magazine archives, anthologies, and out-of-print chapbooks.  A lost genius, come and see Lundquist give a very rare London performance. Speakers Robert Lundquist was one of the rising stars of the Santa Cruz renaissance. By the early 1970s he was published in the Paris Review, anthologized…

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Book launch of ‘Xystus’ My Life Story: A Child Of The Windrush Generation’ with Anne M Jones

Tuesday July 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

What happened to the children of the WIndrush men and women who came here in the fifties, the children who were left behind in the Caribbean then joined their parents later, as teenagers? This small book gives the first-hand account of one of these children - Xystus Sestus Marcell - in his own words, who came to East London from St Lucia in 1972. He is  a man who cannot read or write but who knew he had an important…

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Influx Press Presents: ‘Activism, Subversion and Writing Outsiders’ with Niven Govinden, Wayne Holloway and Juliet Jacques

Wednesday July 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Niven Govinden, Wayne Holloway and Juliet Jacques for an evening celebrating literature that celebrates political activism, subversion and marginalised communities. Niven will be reading from his new book, This Brutal House, a beautiful novel set in the fiery protest of the LGBTQ+ New York community. Wayne will be reading from Bindlestiff – his incisive exploration of race, violence and storytelling in America. Juliet Jacques, author of Trans: A Memoir, will chair what is sure to be an illuminating, entertaining and thought provoking event.…

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Black Feminist Week: In conversation with Stella Dadzie

Friday July 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Black Feminist Week is a week-long event (12th July to 19th July) organised by the Black Feminist Bookshop (a radical space of resistance, sisterhood and community).  Join us for the launch of Black Feminist Week and an intimate conversation with Stella Dadzie. We will begin with talking about OWAAD (Organisation of Women of African and Asian Descent) and the creation of Black feminist/ radical/ womxn/ womanist/ lesbian centred spaces in the 70s and 80s - why did they exist? What were…

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Black Feminist Week: What is Black Feminism in Britain?

Tuesday July 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Black Feminist Week is a week-long event (12th July to 19th July) organised by the Black Feminist Bookshop (a radical space of resistance, sisterhood and community).  Black feminism - born out of the experiences of Black women - gives us a diverse understanding of social, cultural and political thinking; helps us to unapologetically and intentionally carve out spaces for marginalised voices; and shows us how to build a community from a place of resistance. In offering a radical perspective on…

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Reading and Rebellion: An Anthology of Radical Writing for Children 1900-1960 with Kimberley Reynolds, Jane Rosen, and Michael Rosen

Wednesday July 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Kim Reynolds, Jane Rosen, and Michael Rosen present a new anthology of radical writings for children from the first half of the twentieth century. In the years 1900 to 1960, large sections of the British population embraced a spectrum of left-wing positions with a view to maintaining peace and creating a more just, less class riven, more planned, and more enjoyable society for all. Children's books and periodicals were a central part of radical activity since the young were expected…

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Who Was Radclyffe Hall?

Monday July 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

To celebrate Pride month, Housmans and Lon-art.org are pleased to present a very special event on LGBTQ+ icon and author Radclyffe Hall. Hall expert Jana Funke will discuss Hall's life and place in LGBTQ+ history, focusing initially on Hall's visionary LGBTQ novel The Well of Loneliness and its reception both at the time of publication (e.g. the censorship trial and obscenity charges) and its legacies throughout the 20th and 21st century. Jana will show why the novel needs to be…

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Marx at the Arcade: Consoles, Controllers, and Class Struggle with Jamie Woodcock

Wednesday July 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

"Marx at the Arcade" is a groundbreaking study of not only the politics and history of videogames, but also of their production: of the terrible working conditions that force horrendous hours during the “crunch”, the intensified exploitation made possible by the supposed glamour of many people’s “dream job”, the atomisation and deskilling of the workforce in the search for greater profit. And, crucially, of the growing efforts of workers across the globe in the industry to organise collectively to demand…

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