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June 2019

Waiting for the Revolution: The British Far Left from 1956

Wednesday June 26, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

An attempt to understand and document the traditions and issues that have preoccupied leftist groups, activists and struggles in the UK since 1956. Waiting for the revolution is a volume of essays examining the diverse currents of British left-wing politics from 1956 to the present day. The book is designed to complement the previous volume, Against the grain: The far left in Britain from 1956, bringing together young and established academics and writers to discuss the realignments and fissures that…

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July 2019

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

Friday July 5, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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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August 2019

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

Wednesday August 21, 2019 @ 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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September 2019

Fully Automated Luxury Communism: A Manifesto by Aaron Bastani (SOLD OUT)

Wednesday September 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road
London, N1 9DX
£1 – £5

A different kind of politics for a new kind of society—beyond work, scarcity and capitalism In the twenty-first century, new technologies should liberate us from work. Automation, rather than undermining an economy built on full employment, is instead the path to a world of liberty, luxury and happiness—for everyone. Technological advance will reduce the value of commodities—food, healthcare and housing—towards zero. Improvements in renewable energies will make fossil fuels a thing of the past. Asteroids will be mined for essential…

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FREE EVENT: Friday 27th September – Exhibition/Book Launch – Queer Heroes

Friday September 27, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road
London, N1 9DX
Free

Join us for an evening of art, books and drinks to celebrate the release of Arabelle Sicardi and Sarah Tanat-Jones' new book Queer Heroes, a beautifully illustrated collection featuring 52 LGBTQ+ artists, writers, innovators, athletes and activists who have changed the world from ancient times to present day. Published to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, this extraordinary book will show children that anything is possible. Sarah will be joining us to paint a brand new mural on…

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October 2019

‘Only Nonviolent Rebellion Can Now Stop Climate Breakdown And Social Collapse’ with Andrew Medhurst

Tuesday October 1, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road
London, N1 9DX
£1 – £5

Roger Hallam is co-founder of Extinction Rebellion and has written a booklet called “Common Sense for the 21st Century: Only Nonviolent Rebellion Can Now Stop Climate Breakdown and Social Collapse”, the print copy of which we will be launching at this event. The booklet outlines how the environmental and climate movements around the world need to come together in order to avert extinction of all life. It goes into detail on using nonviolent civil disobedience as well as other strategies…

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‘Mask Off: Masculinity Redefined’ with JJ Bola

Wednesday October 2, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road
London, N1 9DX
£1 – £5

What is masculinity? Dominating the world around us, from Trump's twitter outbursts to deadly gun violence, from male suicide rates to incels on Reddit and 4chan, masculinity is perceived to be 'toxic', 'fragile' and 'in crisis'. In Mask Off, JJ Bola exposes masculinity as a performance that men are socially conditioned into. Using examples of non-Western cultural traditions, music and sport, he shines light on historical narratives around manhood, debunking popular myths along the way. He explores how LGBTQ men, men…

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November 2019

Autonomy Now presents: ‘Advertising Shits in Your Head’ & ‘Protest Stencil’ launch

Thursday November 28, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road
London, N1 9DX

Join us for an evening to celebrate the launch of Advertising Shits in Your Head (PM Press) and Protest Stencil (Dog Section Press). Find out more about subverting advertising, including how to hack advertising spaces and run your own subvertising campaigns. Advertising Shits in Your Head “Advertising Shits in Your Head provides a history of the practice (going back to the early ‘70s), alarming research and theory on the effects of the industry, advice about how to take part (including…

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February 2020

Stormlight Book Launch with Jan Woolf

Friday February 28, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Riversmeet Press invites you to the Housmans launch of Stormlight by Jan Woolf Stories - short and long- setting ordinary people against big themes; love, war, loss, contemporary politics and the search for fulfilment. Like the author’s first collection Fugues on a Funny Bone they are funny, witty and acerbic as well as serious. Stormlight includes her Royal Court short play You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know examining the Blair legacy. Stories range from a Rambler’s Christmas day walk,…

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March 2020

‘A Nuclear Refrain: emotion, empire and the democratic potential of protest’ with Kelvin Mason, Philip Johnstone and Lotte Reimer

Friday March 6, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road
London, N1 9DX

In 2020, the hands of the Doomsday Clock moved closer than ever to global destruction: humanity has just 100 seconds left to take action. While climate change and cyber-warfare grab more headlines, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists forcibly reminded us that the nuclear arms race is also running out of control. A Nuclear Refrain enlivens the discourse on nuclear deterrence, mutually assured destruction (MAD) and Trident replacement. The debate on nuclear weapons in the UK is entrenched: perpetual strategic, moral…

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April 2020

BOOK LAUNCH: On Relationships ***POSTPONED***

Monday April 6, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

  Relationships are important. Whether they are with others or ourselves, they shape us, they move us, they empower us and they break our hearts. 3 of Cups Press launches their latest anthology, On Relationships, a collection of prose, poetry and art which explores the importance and power of all relationships. Join us on the 6 of April to launch On Relationships with readings from Vanessa Pelz-Sharpe, Melissa Gitari and Isha Karki. Founded in 2017, 3 of Cups Press is…

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November 2020

Online Book Launch: “The People’s Republic of Neverland: The Child versus the State” with Robb Johnson and Louise Regan

Wednesday November 11, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
£3 – £17.99

COVID has dramatically confirmed that the current condition of state education is not fit for purpose. Join educators and organizers Robb Johnson and Louise Regan to discuss how 30 years of "education reform" have created a dysfunctional mass education system that ruthlessly prioritises the agenda of the neo-liberal state over the needs of children. Robb Johnson's book The People's Republic of Neverland: The Child versus the State is part memoir and polemic and a celebration of children's innate desire to learn,…

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January 2021

Book Launch – Postcapitalist Desire: The Final Lectures of Mark Fisher with Matt Colquhoun and James Butler [online event]

Thursday January 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
£1 – £12.99

Join Matt Colquhoun and James Butler as they examine the crucial legacy of Mark Fisher, to celebrate the publication of Postcapitalist Desire: The Final Lectures of Mark Fisher, edited by Colquhoun. When we lost Mark Fisher in 2017, we lost one of our most exciting and vital critics of contemporary politics and culture. Providing lucid and excoriating critiques on subjects ranging from Dido to Drake; The Fall to James Blake; Breaking Bad to Benefits Street, he was moved by the…

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March 2021

BOOK LAUNCH: Disturbing the Body, with Abi Hynes and Irenosen Okojie

Thursday March 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – £3

Three feminist bookshops have joined forces with Boudicca Press to celebrate ​Disturbing The Body​, a subversive collection of speculative memoir about misbehaving bodies. Disturbing The Body Body ​will launch across three nights, with​ Lighthouse, Five Leaves ​and Housmans​ bookshops each hosting a new pairing of writers. The ambitious three-part launch reflects the creativity and character of radical bookshops and the scope of this phenomenal anthology. Taking readers on a bookish journey the length of the country, it exemplifies theways indies…

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