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September 2019

‘Prison: a Survival Guide’, with Carl Cattermole and Erika Flowers

Wednesday September 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road
London, N1 9DX
£1 – £5

Carl presents his essential guide to life in UK prisons – now fully updated and featuring contributions from female and LGBTQI prisoners, as well as from family on the outside. Carl will be joined by Erika Flowers who will share her experience of Holloway women’s prison. Carl Cattermole is a young ex-inmate and legal reform campaigner. He spent time in five different UK prisons and, sharing cells with international gangsters, drug addicts, psychopaths and sex offenders, he formulated his idea…

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‘Back to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century’ with Kehinde Andrews

Wednesday September 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road
London, N1 9DX
£1 – £5

Back to Black traces the long and eminent history of Black radical politics. Born out of resistance to slavery and colonialism, its rich past encompasses figures such as Marcus Garvey, Angela Davis, the Black Panthers and the Black Lives Matter activists of today. At its core it argues that racism is inexorably embedded in the fabric of society, and that it can never be overcome unless by enacting change outside of this suffocating system. Yet this Black radicalism has been diluted…

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FREE EVENT: AUTONOMY NOW – This Land is Ours: The Fight for Land Justice / Speakers from the Anarchist Communist Group

Thursday September 26, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road
London, N1 9DX
Free

Land, if we define it to include all physical resources such as water, air and what lies beneath the ground, is the source of all wealth and our very existence. However, what should belong to all of us has been taken from us and concentrated in the hands of a small minority so that they own the land, decide its use (usually to profit themselves) and control access to the benefits. All our struggles, whether for housing, community centres, and…

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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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‘Queer Intentions: A (Personal) Journey Through LGBTQ + Culture’ with Amelia Abraham

Wednesday October 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road
London, N1 9DX
£1 – £5

Today, the options and freedoms on offer to LGBTQ+ people living in the West are greater than ever before. But is same-sex marriage, improved media visibility and corporate endorsement all it’s cracked up to be? At what cost does this acceptance come? And who is getting left behind, particularly in parts of the world where LGBTQ+ rights aren’t so advanced? Combining intrepid journalism with her own personal experience, Amelia Abraham searches for the answers to these urgent challenges, as well…

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Solidarity with Catalonia Event with Ignasi Bernat, Liz Castro, Robert Knox and David Whyte

Friday October 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road
London, N1 9DX
£1 – £5

Protests have raged in Barcelona for over a week after Spain's Supreme Court sentenced nine Catalan independence leaders to long prison sentences. This Friday at 7pm, one of the main activists from Catalonia's independent movement, Liz Castro, and three experts, David Whyte (author of How Corrupt is Britain?), Ignasi Bernat and Rob Knox, will be at the shop to explain and discuss the situation including these latest developments. Join us if you'd like to understand and find out more about…

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‘Here to Stay, Here to Fight – A Race Today Anthology’ with Leila Hassan, Farrukh Dhondy and Adam Elliott Cooper

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

From 1973 to 1988, Race Today, the journal of the revolutionary Race Today Collective was at the epicentre of the struggle for racial justice in Britain. Placing race, sex and social class at the core of its analysis, it featured in its articles and pamphlets contributions from some of the leading writers and activists of the time: C. L. R. James, Darcus Howe, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Walter Rodney, Bobby Sands, Farrukh Dhondy and Mala Sen and many…

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December 2019

‘Trans Power’ with Juno Roche

Wednesday December 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
£1 – £5

Join renowned author and campaigner Juno Roche in the shop for the launch of her new book - 'Trans Power'! 'All those layers of expectation that are thrust upon us; boy, masculine, femme, transgender, sexual, woman, real, are such a weight to carry round. I feel transgressive. I feel hybrid. I feel trans.' In this radical and emotionally raw book, Juno Roche pushes the boundaries of trans representation by redefining 'trans' as an identity with its own power and strength,…

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January 2020

Repeater Takeover: ‘Steal as Much as You Can: How to Win the Culture Wars in an Age of Austerity’ with Nathalie Olah and Vicky Spratt

Wednesday January 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road
London, N1 9DX
£1 – £5

Join journalists Nathalie Olah and Vicky Spratt to discuss the current state of today’s arts, media and cultural industries, at a time when a radical cultural response to our political moment is needed more than ever. Steal as Much as You Can is the story of how a generation that was lost for most of the 2010s – mired in debt, stressed by precarious work, prisoners to capitalist realism –came back at the end of the decade to kick against…

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