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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
£3.00 – £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
£1.00 – £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 – £3.00

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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April 2021

BOOK LAUNCH: System Crash – An activist guide to making revolution, with Neil Faulkner and Simon Hannah [online event]

Wednesday April 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – £3.00

Pandemic, climate crisis, endless war, mega-slums, police repression, creeping fascism, economic stagnation: these shape our world. This book provides hope for an alternative future. We're really pleased at Housmans to celebrate the launch of the latest offering from Resistance Books. System Crash is an activist guide to making revolution, a call to arms. Written by Neil Faulkner, Phil Hearse, Nina Fortune, Rowan Fortune and Simon Hannah, System Crash argues that revolution – ending the rule of capital and the state…

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May 2021

Not Quite Right for Us: Celebrating flipped eye and Speaking Volumes, with Sharmilla Beezmohun and Colin Grant

Wednesday May 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – £3.00

Housmans is very proud to announce a joint event with flipped eye and Speaking Volumes to celebrate the publication of Not Quite Right for Us, an anthology featuring 40 international voices talking about outsider-ness. This event is also part of flipped eyes's 20th anniversary celebrations. Not Quite Right for Us is published in collaboration with Speaking Volumes, who are also celebrating their 10th anniversary this year. Spanning eight thematic areas (childhood, family, friends, work, travel, love, yesterday/today and today/tomorrow), the…

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Paint Your Town Red – Matthew Brown and Rhian E. Jones in conversation with Grace Blakeley

Thursday May 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – £3.00

Housmans is pleased to welcome Matthew Brown and Rhian E. Jones to discuss Paint Your Town Red: How Preston Took Back Control and Your Town Can Too, the story of how one city in the north of England decided to level up without waiting for Whitehall.  Across the world, there is a growing recognition that a new kind of economy is needed: more democratic, less exploitative, less destructive of society and the planet. Paint Your Town Red looks at how wealth can…

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June 2021

Left Populism in Europe: Lessons From Jeremy Corbyn to Podemos – Marina Prentoulis in conversation with Kate Hudson [online event]

Wednesday June 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – £3.00

What we can do to harness the power of broad-based, popular left politics? We are really pleased to welcome Marina Prentoulis to virtual Housmans to discuss her new book with Pluto Press, Left Populism in Europe: Lessons From Jeremy Corbyn to Podemos. Marina will be in conversation with Kate Hudson, the General Secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. Syriza in Greece and Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party in Britain have both failed to introduce socialism in their countries, while Podemos…

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September 2021

Ill Feelings: Stories of Unexplained Illness, with Alice Hattrick in conversation with Abi Palmer [online event]

Tuesday September 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

A moving and defiant exploration of life with a medically unexplained illness. In 1995 Alice’s mother collapsed with pneumonia. She never fully recovered and was eventually diagnosed with ME, or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Then Alice got ill. Their symptoms mirrored their mother’s and appeared to have no physical cause; they received the same diagnosis a few years later.  Ill Feelings blends memoir, medical history, biography and literary non-fiction to uncover both of their case histories, and branches out into the records of ill health that women have written about in…

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How to Stop Fascism: Paul Mason in conversation with Ewa Majewska [online event]

Thursday September 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

History shows us the conditions that breed fascism, and how it can be successfully overcome. But it is up to us in the present to challenge it. What are we going to do about it? We are pleased to welcome Paul Mason to virtual Housmans to discuss his latest publication, How to Stop Fascism. Paul will be in conversation with Ewa Majewska, feminist philosopher, activist and author of Feminist Antifascism. Counterpublics of the Common. The far right is on the…

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Putin’s Russia: The Rise of a Dictator, with Darryl Cunningham [online event]

Wednesday September 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for the online launch of acclaimed graphic novelist Darryl Cunningham's biography of Vladimir Putin. Master manipulator or gangster? The malign thrust of Putin’s domestic and foreign policy is exposed in Cunningham’s latest page-turning biography including his early life, political career, the wars in Chechnya, Crimea and the Ukraine, the crackdown on human rights, Brexit, Trump—and the poisonings. Cunningham shows how the West and its leaders have been culpable in aiding Putin's rise - Obama being a particular example.…

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No Matter How Many Skies Have Fallen: Back to the Land in Wartime Britain, with Ken Worpole [online event]

Wednesday September 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Social historian Ken Worpole uncovers the lost story of Frating Hall Farm, documenting the passionate religious and political ideals of this back-to-the-land community in wartime and postwar Britain. On 'Lady Day', March 1943 a group of Christian pacifists took possession of a vacant farm in Frating, a hamlet on the Essex Tendring Peninsula. There they established a working community, inspired by their association with The Adelphi journal, where D.H.Lawrence, John Middleton Murry, Vera Brittain, Iris Murdoch, George Orwell and others…

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November 2021

VETERANHOOD, with Joe Glenton in conversation with Matt Kennard [online event]

Wednesday November 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The military veteran is claimed by all sides. Conservatives, liberals and socialists all want to speak about and for ex-servicemen, yet far-right demonstrations are dotted with berets and medals and ex-military men have become celebrities of the reactionary manosphere. So who are Britain's ex-servicemen? What do they want? What are their politics? What are the issues which animate them? Are they just irredeemable fascists by dint of their service to Empire? Or is there a radical political potential waiting to…

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Daring to Hope: My Life in the 1970s, with Sheila Rowbotham [online event]

Wednesday November 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

In this powerful memoir Sheila Rowbotham looks back at her life as a participant in the women’s liberation movement, left politics and the creative radical culture of a decade in which freedom and equality seemed possible. She reveals the tremendous efforts that were made to transform attitudes and feelings, as well as daily life. After addressing the first British Women’s Liberation Conference at Ruskin College, Oxford in 1970, she went on to encourage night cleaners to unionise, to campaign for…

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