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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: ‘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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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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‘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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‘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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‘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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