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July 2019

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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AUTONOMY NOW presents: ‘How I Became An Anarchist’ with Peter Marshall

Thursday July 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road
London, N1 9DX

Peter Marshall is a philosopher, historian, biographer, travel writer and poet. He is the author of sixteen highly acclaimed books, which include the essential 'Demanding the Impossible: A History of Anarchism' , 'William Blake: Visionary Anarchist' and 'William Godwin: Philosopher, Novelist, Revolutionary' . His work has provided a major contribution to fields as diverse as anarchism, ecology, alchemy and archeology. This evening Peter will be presenting his autobiography 'Bognor Boy: How I Became an Anarchist', reflecting on how his early…

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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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August 2019

‘Curious King’s Cross’ with Andrew Whitehead

Wednesday August 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Sex, pubs and rock'n'roll – King's Cross has it all, and so much more ... from a fish-and-chip shop once bugged by MI5 to London's most enduring radical bookshop! Inside the main line station, there's the magic of platform 9¾ ... and just outside, the every bit as magical Keystone Crescent. The locality has a lighthouse ... a Welsh tabernacle where services are now conducted in Amharic ... social housing with a fairy-tale feel ... a canal-side well built to…

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‘Different Class: Football, Fashion and Funk – The Story of Laurie Cunningham’ with Dermot Kavanagh

Wednesday August 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road
London, N1 9DX

Book launch for ‘Different Class: The Story of Laurie Cunningham’. Author Dermot Kavanagh hosts an illustrated talk on the life of Laurie Cunningham : footballer, dancer and dandy. Cunningham blazed a trail for black footballers at a time when racism was rife on the terraces and won over hostile crowds with his mercurial style. A glamorous outsider, he was also a soul boy who danced on the 1970’s Soho funk scene in bespoke suits. ‘Different Class’ follows his remarkable journey…

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