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December 2019

FREE: Post-election Celebration/Commiseration

Friday December 13, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road
London, N1 9DX
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We're dreaming of a Red Christmas... Whether we're celebrating or commiserating, Housmans will have your back this December 13th. Join us between 2pm and 4pm for emoting, catharsis and like-minded company, with drinks, snacks and 20% discount on selected UK politics titles. No booking needed, just show up!

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January 2020

Repeater Takeover: ‘New Model Island: How to Build a Radical Culture Beyond the Idea of England’ with Alex Niven and Juliet Jacques

Wednesday January 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road
London, N1 9DX

SOLD OUT Join Alex Niven and Juliet Jacquesto discuss the problem of “Englishness” and England, and explore the themes of Niven’s recently-published book New Model Island. New Model Island is essential reading for those who want to critically understand "Englishness” and the twilight of England. Masterfully ranging across poetry, pop music,memoir, history and utopian conjecture, Alex Niven paints a perceptive picture of the continuities and contradictions of England today. New Model Island encourages us to think about new ways of…

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Repeater Takeover: ‘Stolen: How to Save the World from Financialisation’ with Grace Blakeley and Aaron Bastani

Wednesday January 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
£1 – £5

Join Grace Blakeley and Aaron Bastani to discuss how finance capitalism has been allowed to steal our economies, our environment, and even the future itself, and how we can – and must – change course. We are at a critical juncture. The ‘recovery’ since the 2008 financial crisis has masked wage stagnation and the growth of precarious work, with political turmoil rife. In STOLEN Grace Blakeley masterfully sets the historical record straight and offers an inspiring way forward. STOLEN argues…

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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

Poetry Against Homelessness

Wednesday February 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
£1 – £5

We’re very excited to welcome back New River Press for an evening of wild and inspiring poetry and music performances by people who have experienced homelessness and the poets who have tutored them. It’s in celebration of the project I AM NOT WHO YOU THINK I AM. Since June ‘19 New River Press have teamed up with the novelist Miranda Gold, who started a writing group at Crisis Skylight. New River became involved and have since been facilitating workshops and…

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‘In and Against the State: Lessons from our recent past’ with Rosemary Grennan and Seth Wheeler

Wednesday February 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road
London, N1 9DX
£1 – £5

To mark the 40th anniversary of the influential text 'In and Against the State', this talk will draw on historical material to trace this seemingly contradictory idea as an identifiable tendency in the history of the Left. Through exploring historical relationships between autonomous social movements and their attempts to exert power through institutional and parliamentarian forms we will draw prescient lessons for contemporary practice. Published in 1979 ‘In and Against the State,’ addresses how revolutionary socialists were able to square…

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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

‘Feminism for the 99%’ with Sara Farris and Susan Pashkoff.

Wednesday March 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Discussion on a feminism that is anticapitalist, eco-socialist and antiracist, introduced by Sara Farris and Susan Pashkoff. Free entry but please register via Eventbrite. makes a simple but powerful case: feminism shouldn’t start—or stop—with the drive to have women represented at the top of their professions. It must focus on those at the bottom, and fight for the world they deserve. And that means targeting capitalism. Feminism must be anticapitalist, eco-socialist and antiracist. Sara Farris is a Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths…

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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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AUTONOMY NOW! presents: ‘Dead White Anarchists’ performed by Paul Case ***RELOCATED***

Thursday March 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

**This event is no longer taking place at Housmans but the organisers hope to host it at an alternative venue - please visit the Autonomy Now website for updates** Paris, 1892. If you're not rich, things looks bleak. Exploitation, starvation and disease are daily realities for many. Police crackdowns and political bombings tear the city apart. Out of this chaos emerges Emile Henry, a young anarchist preparing for his war against the State. But when he hears strange rumblings from…

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