Bookfairs and Book Launches
Rooum, author and illustrator of Wildcat Anarchist Comics and What Is
Anarchism? An Introduction, 2nd Ed.
- Richard Parry, author of The
Bonnot Gang: The Story of the French Illegalists, 2nd ed..
- Alana Apfel, author of Birth Work
as Care Work: Stories from Activist Birth Communities, also at the Radical
Independent Book Fair in Glasgow, Scotland on October 14th.
- Planka.nu, authors of The Traffic
- Brian Morris, author of
Anthropology, Ecology, and Anarchism: A Brian Morris Reader.
9th Annual Belfast Anarchist Bookfair in Belfast on October 15th.
Radical Independent Book Fair Project in Glasgow on October 14th.
Yours for just £6.00... Plus £2.00 Postage & Packing
Available from the publications page on Past Tense website:
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This Sunday the MML's festival, joint with the IBMT, Townsend Productions and Unite the Union, commemorating the International Brigades 1936-2016, will culminate in a gala afternoon of songs from Townsend Production's new play Dare Devil Rides to Jarama, a drinks reception, a special book sale on the Spanish Civil War and the unveiling of an original plaque listing the 90 British dead at the Battle of the Ebro by Shadow Foreign Secretary, MP Emily Thornberry. It promises to be a memorable occasion.
- 17 Nov - Prof Simon Mohun on the current capitalist crisis
- 24 Nov - Prof Roger Seifert on labour market changes in time of austerity
- 1 Dec - Kiri Tunks on Women in labour movement today
Black History Month in Ealing Libraries (selection)
West Ealing Library
Friday 28 October 10.30am -11.30am
Ealing Central Library
Friday 28 October 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Friday 28 October 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Admission: Free. No booking required.
Bussing in Southall with Dr. Olivier Esteves
Ealing Central Library
Tuesday 18 October 6.15pm – 7.15pm
Admission: Free. Advance booking required.
Author talk: Horlene Hanlan
Ealing Central Library
Thursday 27 October 5.45pm - 6.45pm
Admission: Free. Advance booking required.
|Economy-related cartoon (published at least twice by Solidarity/Agitator)|
Independent Working Class Education Day SchoolNorwich* Saturday 26th November 10.30 am - 4pm£5.00 (pay on the day) Includes lunch. To attend email Keith Venablesand reserve a place: firstname.lastname@example.orgProgrammeMorningWhat do we want from socialist economics? Christine JordanPresentation and Discussion'Social production controlled by social foresight'.Colin WaughFree Trade or Protectionism? Dave BerryLots of discussionAfternoonCorbynomics:David Heywood, former PCS national officer and TUC tutor;Katy Jon Went, human rights activist and former economist/business owner.PanelThe sessions are very participatory with plenty of opportunities for contributions/ ideas and discussion.
* Methodist Church, Chapel Field Road, Norwich, NR2 1SD (venue fully accessible). Limited parking on site but public car park in Bignold School next door to the church. Near Norwich bus station and about 10 mins bus ride from rail station (buses 25 or 26 from the station).Further Norwich Day Schools in 2017 will include: international solidarity, the history and future of Trades Councils, direct action and anarchism.
This year's exciting and informative Conference will take place in Leeds, Yorkshire on 14th and 15th October 2016.
The linked programme & booking leaflet give all the details for the two days of events entitled 'Conscience and Conscription: Resistance to War 1916-2016'.
With Camellia Productions.
The tower block that has been their home for years is facing demolition, and a council bungalow awaits them.
But while Ronnie embraces the possibilities of a new beginning, her partner, the reclusive Button, fears the move will bring exposure and loss.
Packing up their home reveals more than the rodent damage to their hoard of teapots and junk.
Crammed to the ceiling with the detritus of lives lived and of disappointed dreams, is the flat a place of safety or a prison?
Home – there’s no place like it.
Also from the Mary Quaile Club:
This will be a complete screening of the six part BBC television series The House That Jack Built, written by Shelagh Delaney. This was broadcast in the summer of 1977, and has been never been repeated or issued on DVD.
UPDATE [31-10-16]: This event was given good publicity in the Salford Star this morning:
And a Transcription project:
Minutes of the Manchester and Salford Women's Trades Union Council 1895-1919
The Mary Quaile Club is undertaking a project to transcribe the Minutes of the Manchester and Salford Women's Trade Union Council from 1895-1919. This has been supported by donations from trade unions.
LSHG Seminar series Autumn 2016
Seminars in Room 304 Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet St, WC1
Steve Cushion, 'A Working Class Heroine Is Also Something To Be: Where women workers fit into A Hidden History of the Cuban Revolution: How the Working Class Shaped the Guerrilla Victory':- When researching the biographical details of working class women, we are not only faced with that "enormous condescension of history" which EP Thompson criticized when writing about the history of working class movements, we also find that working class women are doubly "hidden from history" by the assumption that organised labour is male. However in Cuba in the 1950s, there were many important strikes which were initiated and sustained by women workers...
Socialist History Society PUBLIC MEETING
Time: 7.00 pm. WEDNESDAY 9TH NOVEMBER
Venue: Marx Memorial Library, 37a Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DU.
FREE TO ATTEND
Richard Hart Memorial Lecture
Bolivar Hall - 54-56 Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL
- Arrive 12:30 for refreshments [£5 for curry and roti]
- Poem read by Linton Kwesi Johnson
- Welcome and update on Tivoli Gardens massacre by CLS President Luke Daniels
- Professor Richard Drayton will deliver the Richard Hart Memorial Lecture
- Closing; Kaiso by Tobago Crusoe
A festival to celebrate the People's fight for justice with music, speakers and poetry. Topics include The Free University, Legal Aid, attacks on education, Momentum, the campus at Hastings, Socialism and the Labour Party and the role of trade unions. Speakers include Jackie Walker, Louise Raw, Gloria Whittaker, Terry McCarthy, Gill Knight, Natasha Le Roc, Maggie Lloyd and many more. Sponsored by Unite the Union, Hastings TUC and the Labour History Movement Publications. 2pm-8pm, the Printworks - attendance free.
For further details e-mail Terry at email@example.com
Conference on the 40th anniversary of the Lucas plan
Today, in 2016 — 40 years after the Lucas Plan — we’re facing a convergence of crises: militarism and nuclear
These crises mean we have to start thinking about technology as political, as the Lucas Aerospace workers did.
Our conference will aim to re-open the debate about industrial conversion and democracy.
On Thursday 27 October we open in the evening (6.30pm-8pm) to mark the nationwideMuseums at Night celebration. Broadside ballads from the Manchester region from the ‘Middleton Linnet’ Jennifer Reid form a counterpoint to Battle for the Ballot, in which singer-songwriter Quiet Loner uses original songs to tell the story of how working people came to have a vote. The story will take in events like the Peterloo Massacre and introduce the people – Chartists, politicians and suffragettes – who fought for the ideal of universal suffrage.
New series of Invisible Histories talks
12 Oct Katrina Navickas Protests and public space in Lancashire and Yorkshire in the age of radicals and the Chartists, 1789-1848.
26 Oct Nicole Robertson “Organise, educate and agitate”: trade unionism and office workers in Britain, 1914-39.
9 Nov Mervyn Busteed Engels, the Burns Family and the Manchester Irish.
23 Nov Malcolm Pittock Albert Evans, Bolton WW1 conscientious objector.
Full details of the talks can be found at http://www.wcml.org.uk/events.
All welcome, admission free, light refreshments after.
Wakefield Socialist History Group
A year-long series of monthly discussion meetings, timed to take place during the run-up to the centenary of Russia’s revolutions of 1917.
Venue: Birkbeck, University of London
Full programme and further information: https://socialhistories1917.wordpress.com/
Wednesday 5th October, 7pm
‘Understanding Eritrea: Inside Africa’s Most Repressive State’ with Martin Plaut
Wednesday 12th October, 7pm
‘Purple Prose: Bisexuality in Britain’ with Kate Harrad
Wednesday 19th October, 7pm
LOCOMOTRIX POETRY & OPEN MIC EVENT
‘Kaleidoscope’ with Laura Taylor. Supported by Joy France
Saturday 22nd October, 6.30pm
‘The Bonnot Gang: The Story of the French Illegalists’ with Richard Parry
Friday 28th October, 7pm
‘China and the New Maoists’ with Kerry Brown
Wednesday 2nd November, 7pm
‘No Borders: The Politics of Immigration Control and Resistance’ with Natasha King
Wednesday 9th November, 7pm‘The Refusal of Work: The Theory and Practice of Resistance to Work’ with David Frayne
‘Angry White People: Coming Face-to-Face with the British Far Right’ with Hsiao-Hung Pai
Wednesday 30th November, 7pm
Also at Housmans:-
Monthly meeting of the London Pacifism and Nonviolence Discussion Group
- as usual on the second Tuesday in the month
(so Tuesday 11 October),
at Housmans Bookshop (5 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London N1),
starting at 7 p.m.
""Remembering the victims of war can motivate people to work for peace. Yet the lead-up to Remembrance Day often seems to be more about promoting war and stirring up jingoistic feelings.
How can we approach the Remembrance season in a way that serves the cause of peace rather than war? Should we just ignore it? Should we join in so that we can honour all those killed in war (i.e. not just the British dead, and not just the military [who are a minority of the victims])? Should we treat Remembrance as an opportunity to make the case for pacifism?
If we challenge mainstream Remembrance events, do we risk being too confrontational? Or do we need to be less concerned about causing offence?
(But what about the offence the military cause to many of us...)
Whatever your views, come along to the next meeting and join the discussion.""
The meetings generally run for up to 2 hours, and are fairly informal.
(And it sometimes becomes even more informal in the pub afterwards.)
Guided Tours of Marx Memorial Library
A ‘hidden gem’ of London’s radical and working class history, the Marx Memorial Library (37a Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DU), offers guided tours to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays every week at 1pm.
These tours allow people to visit the room and desk where Lenin worked in exile in London in 1902-3, see the banners of the British Battalion of volunteers in the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39 and view artefacts from major industrial disputes, such as the mineworkers’ and Wapping strikes of the 1980s. These include a unique collection of over 100 commemorative ceramic plates created by the National Union of Mineworkers and its branches.
Also on display is a Hammersmith Socialist Society Banner embroidered by William Morris’ family, dating from the early 1890s, along with original posters from the Spanish Civil War and the Soviet Union.
The most recent additions to our displays are a portrait of Fidel Castro, presented to the library by the Cuban ambassador on May Day this year, and a maquette of suffragette and activist Sylvia Pankhurst, designed by the late sculptor Ian Walters. There is also a rotating exhibition in the main hall showcasing rare materials from our archives and historical collections.
In addition the Grade II listed building’s historic vaults, which date back to the fifteenth century, can be visited, as well as a memorial courtyard dedicated to media workers killed in the 20th century war against fascism, from Spain in 1936 to victory in Europe in 1945.
The Library was founded by a group of socialists in 1933 in response to the Burning of the Books by the Nazis in May of that year and has been at the heart of the British labour movement ever since.
The Library’s Archivist & Library Manager, Meirian Jump, said: “We have a fascinating story to tell and this past year has seen a surge of interest in our collections, and in the history of our unique building.”
She added: “Everyone who enters the building agrees that we are one of London’s hidden gems. Recently we’ve added some exciting new displays which we hope will encourage even more people to take part in our tours.”
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Medact's new report launch: expert speakers & panel discussion
Brighton University, School of Humanities (Room G7), Pavilion Parade, BRIGHTON BN2 1RD.
Joe Glenton: Afghanistan veteran, author & campaigner
Sally Slotowitz: Psychologist and a report author
David Gee: UK Coordinator of Child Soldiers International
Healthy Planet, Better World conference
This year’s major Medact conference, “Healthy Planet, Better World”,
takes place on 9 – 10 December in London.
The programme and impressive list of speakers are available here