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June 2019

Rebel Footprints: A Guide to Uncovering London’s Radical History

Monday June 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

A Pluto Press 50th Anniversary event. David Rosenberg brings to life the history of social movements in the capital, telling the story of protest and struggle in London from the early nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. From the suffragettes to the socialists, from the Chartists to the trade unionists, Rosenberg invites us to step into the footprints of a diverse cast of dedicated fighters for social justice. Speaker David Rosenberg is an educator, writer and tour guide, and author of…

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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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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

Influx Press authors Niven Govinden, Wayne Holloway are joined by Juliet Jacques to discuss the interaction between literature, 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…

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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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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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