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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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Autonomy Now presents: ‘Journey Through Utopia’ with Matthew S. Adams, Rhiannon Firth, and Tim Waterman

Thursday January 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

January’s Autonomy Now event considers utopian thought in dystopian times. Join Matthew S. Adams, Rhiannon Firth, and Tim Waterman for a lively discussion about historical and contemporary visions of utopia, framed with reference to the life and writings of Marie Louise Berneri, author of Journey through Utopia. Book description: Journey through Utopia is a richly detailed and critically compelling examination of utopian literature, beginning with Plato’s Republic and continuing through to Huxley’s Brave New World. Utopias have been penned with diverse intentions: some as pictures of…

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February 2020

‘The Clamour of Nationalism: Race and the Nation in Twenty-First Century Britain’ with Sivamohan Valluvan and Gargi Bhattacharyya

Wednesday February 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT Nationalism has reasserted itself today as the political force of our times, remaking European politics wherever one looks. Britain is no exception, and in the midst of Brexit, it has even become a vanguard of nationalism's confident return to the mainstream. Intellectual attempts to account for nationalism's resurgence have however floundered. Desperately trying to read nationalism through one overarching cause - as capitalist crisis, as cultural backlash, or as social media led anti-Establishment politics -…

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‘So We Live: The Novels of Alexander Baron’ with Susie Thomas, Nadia Valman, and Ken Worpole

Wednesday February 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road
London, N1 9DX
£1 – £5

The novelist Alexander Baron (1917-1999) was born into a working class Jewish home in Hackney, joined the Communist Party as a young man, saw the thick of battle in Sicily and Normandy, and became one of the most admired writers of post-war Britain. His first novel, From the City, From the Plough (1948), was acclaimed as the definitive novel of the Second World War, the first of a trilogy including There’s No Home (1950) and The Human Kind (1953). This was followed by a string of…

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Autonomy Now presents: ‘Occult Features of Anarchism’ with Erica Lagalisse and Carl Levy

Thursday February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road
London, N1 9DX

In the nineteenth century anarchists were accused of conspiracy by governments afraid of revolution, but in the current century various “conspiracy theories” suggest that anarchists are controlled by government itself. The Illuminati were a network of intellectuals who argued for self-government and against private property, yet the public is now often told that they were (and are) the very group that controls governments and defends private property around the world. Intervening in such misinformation, Lagalisse works with primary and secondary…

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Stormlight Book Launch with Jan Woolf

Friday February 28 @ 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 Kingdom of Love: Rachel Mann in conversation with Roz Kaveney ***CANCELLED***

Wednesday March 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

***We're really sorry to hear that our speaker Rachel Mann is presenting symptoms and is self-isolating. This event is now therefore cancelled. Tickets will be refunded. We hope Rachel feels better soon*** We are very excited to announce a poetry event at Housmans in collaboration with Carcanet Press, one of the outstanding independent literary publishers of classical and modern poetry of our time. Anglican priest, poet, writer and broadcaster Rachel Mann will be reading from her highly praised A Kingdom…

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‘Spain’s Revolution Against Franco: The Great Betrayal’ with Alan Woods ***CANCELLED***

Saturday March 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road
London, N1 9DX
£1 – £5

The story of the Spanish revolution of the 1930s is quite well known to most people on the left, but there is a surprising level of ignorance concerning the events that occurred subsequently. History did not cease with the victory of Franco in 1939. And the story of how the Franco dictatorship was eventually brought down by the revolutionary movement of the Spanish workers is an inspiring one. Under the most difficult and dangerous conditions, Spanish workers launched a strike…

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April 2020

‘Split: Class Divides Uncovered’ with Ben Tippet ***CANCELLED***

Wednesday April 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

'More than a decade after the financial crisis, Split is a timely reminder of the most important divide that runs through the global economy, and how working people can organise to take back control of their lives. Clearly-argued, incisive and accessible, this book should be required reading for activists everywhere' - Grace Blakeley, author of 'Stolen: How to Save the World from Financialisation' 'This book is essential reading for making sense of society, digging into the realities of class for…

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October 2020

Settling the World: M. John Harrison in conversation with Gary Budden (online event)

Tuesday October 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
£3 – £9.99

Housmans is pleased to welcome sci-fi supremo M. John Harrison to our first digital event in collaboration with indie publishers Comma Press and Influx Press. Considered one of the most important stylists of modern fantasy and science fiction working today, and a pioneer of the New Wave, award-winning author M. John Harrison can count amongst his fans the likes of Neil Gaiman, Iain Banks and Robert Macfarlane. Throughout his career, M. John's writing has defied categorisation, building worlds both unreal and all-too real, overlapping and interlocking with each other.…

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