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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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Waiting for the Revolution: The British Far Left from 1956

Wednesday June 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

An attempt to understand and document the traditions and issues that have preoccupied leftist groups, activists and struggles in the UK since 1956. Waiting for the revolution is a volume of essays examining the diverse currents of British left-wing politics from 1956 to the present day. The book is designed to complement the previous volume, Against the grain: The far left in Britain from 1956, bringing together young and established academics and writers to discuss the realignments and fissures that…

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Autonomy Now Presents: ‘Emma Goldman and Intersectionality’ with Donnacha DeLong

Thursday June 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This Thursday June 27th is Emma Goldman's 150th birthday! So on Thursday we will be celebrating her formidable life and legacy in Housmans Bookshop. Free. No booking required. Donnacha DeLong will be speaking about Emma Goldman and intersectionality. Other names to be confirmed. Free entry, no booking required. 7pm start. Donnacha DeLong is an Irish journalist and communications consultant. He is also a Past President of the National Union of Journalists. In 2010/11, Donnacha completed an MA in Political Communication…

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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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Robert Lundquist: After Mozart (Heroin On 5th Street)

Friday July 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Housmans and New River Press are extremely proud to present the London launch of Robert Lundquist's After Mozart (Heroin On 5th Street) - a collection comprising of five decades of work, previously only available in magazine archives, anthologies, and out-of-print chapbooks.  A lost genius, come and see Lundquist give a very rare London performance. Speakers Robert Lundquist was one of the rising stars of the Santa Cruz renaissance. By the early 1970s he was published in the Paris Review, anthologized…

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Book launch of ‘Xystus’ My Life Story: A Child Of The Windrush Generation’ with Anne M Jones

Tuesday July 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

What happened to the children of the WIndrush men and women who came here in the fifties, the children who were left behind in the Caribbean then joined their parents later, as teenagers? This small book gives the first-hand account of one of these children - Xystus Sestus Marcell - in his own words, who came to East London from St Lucia in 1972. He is  a man who cannot read or write but who knew he had an important…

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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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