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March 2020

‘A Nuclear Refrain: emotion, empire and the democratic potential of protest’ with Kelvin Mason, Philip Johnstone and Lotte Reimer

Friday March 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road
London, N1 9DX

In 2020, the hands of the Doomsday Clock moved closer than ever to global destruction: humanity has just 100 seconds left to take action. While climate change and cyber-warfare grab more headlines, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists forcibly reminded us that the nuclear arms race is also running out of control. A Nuclear Refrain enlivens the discourse on nuclear deterrence, mutually assured destruction (MAD) and Trident replacement. The debate on nuclear weapons in the UK is entrenched: perpetual strategic, moral…

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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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‘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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AUTONOMY NOW! presents: ‘Stopping the Poll Tax: 30 Years On’ with Martin Lux and Alex Hodson ***RELOCATED***

Tuesday March 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road
London, N1 9DX

**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**   Join us on the 30th anniversary of the Poll Tax riot which helped drive out Margaret Thatcher from power. Find out about the crucial local level campaigning work that led up to the crunch point of the riot, and how a combination of Police provocation and government incompetence helped turn…

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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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BOOK LAUNCH: On Relationships ***POSTPONED***

Monday April 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

  Relationships are important. Whether they are with others or ourselves, they shape us, they move us, they empower us and they break our hearts. 3 of Cups Press launches their latest anthology, On Relationships, a collection of prose, poetry and art which explores the importance and power of all relationships. Join us on the 6 of April to launch On Relationships with readings from Vanessa Pelz-Sharpe, Melissa Gitari and Isha Karki. Founded in 2017, 3 of Cups Press is…

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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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November 2020

Online Book Launch: “The People’s Republic of Neverland: The Child versus the State” with Robb Johnson and Louise Regan

Wednesday November 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
£3 – £17.99

COVID has dramatically confirmed that the current condition of state education is not fit for purpose. Join educators and organizers Robb Johnson and Louise Regan to discuss how 30 years of "education reform" have created a dysfunctional mass education system that ruthlessly prioritises the agenda of the neo-liberal state over the needs of children. Robb Johnson's book The People's Republic of Neverland: The Child versus the State is part memoir and polemic and a celebration of children's innate desire to learn,…

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“Travelling While Black” with Nanjala Nyabola in conversation with Dickens Olewe [online event]

Wednesday November 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
£1 – £14.99

ONLINE EVENT 7pm UTC Housmans are pleased to welcome writer and political analyst Nanjala Nyabola to discuss her latest book Travelling While Black. What does it feel like to move through a world designed to limit and exclude you? What are the joys and pains of holidays for people of colour, when guidebooks are never written with them in mind? How are black lives today impacted by the othering legacy of colonial cultures and policies? What can travel tell us…

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