Venue: Arts 2. Lecture Theatre. Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS.
1-4 p.m. at the Red Shed, Vicarage Street, Wakefield WF1
when we will be discussing THE POLITICS OF ANTONIO GRAMSCI.
[from] Convenor, Wakefield Socialist History Group.
A SORT OF BURNS NIGHT: Robert Burns and other radical poets...
is on Saturday 28 January 1-4pm at the Red Shed, Vicarage Street, Wakefield WF1.
Mary Quaile Club at Manchester Anarchist Bookfair
We will have copies for sale of our two publications: Northern Resisters and Dare To Be Free.
WALLS COME TUMBLING
A TALK with DANIEL
in conversation with KEN
Wednesday 7 December
2016 at 7 p.m.
We are delighted to announce that Daniel Rachel will be appearing at the shop* on
Wednesday 7 December to read and talk about his new book
WALLS COME TUMBLING
by Picador). Daniel's remarkable oral history - which brilliantly
captures the mood on the streets of British cities before and after the
epoch-changing rise of Rock Against Racism - will be introduced by writer
who remembers when Hackney’s streets were on the front line.
Tickets £3 (includes glass
of wine). For booking please RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7241 1626. For further information please see below.
Launch Event - 7th December 2016 – 7pm Nottingham Mechanics
Join People’s Histreh and author Colin Brett to celebrate the launch our brand
There will also be a talk by People's Histreh, giving you an update regarding
our ongoing research project '103 Foresters', as we continue to look into the
stories of the soldiers from the local regiment who were sentenced to death or
sentenced for mutiny between 1914 and 1918.
3 North Sherwood Street
Free event – venue wheelchair accessible
"We are the Lions" - looking back at the Grunwick strike [reminder]
“What you are running here is not a factory, it is a zoo. But in a zoo there are many types of animals. Some are monkeys who dance on your fingertips, others are lions who can bite your head off. We are the lions, Mr Manager”.
Thousands of trade unionists from around the country, including miners and steelworkers came to show solidarity with the mostly female, mostly Asian work-force. To mark the 40th anniversary Manchester Trades Council is co-organising an event to discuss this landmark dispute and lessons for today’s struggles, in conjunction with the Mary Quaile Club and NUJ Manchester & Salford Branch.
It will be taking place on Saturday 3 December 1pm to 3pm, at the Library. Drop in earlier if you want to browse WCML's James Connolly exhibition - or email us at email@example.com if you'd like to book a place in our reading room that day to study Grunwick-related material. We're open from 10am to 4pm on the first Saturday of most months.
The event will include a screening of the documentary, 'The Great Grunwick Strike' and will be addressed by speakers. All are welcome but seating is limited, so please book in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
This extraordinary story will be presented for two nights only at the Library - Friday 27 and Saturday 28 January 2017 at 7.30pm. Tickets price £12 (£10 concessions) are available here (27th) and here (28th). Further information from 07949 635910.
Songs and poems for peace
This event runs alongside an exhibition on the upstairs landing at Stockport Local Heritage Library, which runs during library opening hours until 10 January, and includes a travelling version of the WCML World War 1 exhibition To End All Wars.
Stockport Art Gallery, Wellington Road South, Stockport SK3 8AB.
Stockport Local Heritage Library, Wellington Rd South, Stockport SK1 3RS.
An Evening with Quiet Loner
On Thursday 8 December from 6pm to 8pm at the People's History Museum, songwriter in residence Matt Hill (Quiet Loner) will be performing Battle for the Ballot, songs inspired by the museum's collection as well as by time spent here in the WCML reading room! Expect to hear songs about radicals and reformers, suffragists and suffragettes, strikes and struggles. The evening will include new material, such as a song about the Match Girls’ Strike.
Booking required at http://quietloner.eventbrite.co.uk, suggested donation £5.
A travelling version of this exhibition is now available for loan - please contact email@example.com if you want to find out more about borrowing it.
Merilyn Moos will be focusing on the continuing impact on the ‘second generation’, people born in Britain to refugees from Nazism, of their parents’ terrible losses and dislocation, but also on whether having parents who actively opposed the Nazis from the left makes a difference to their children. She will conclude by making some suggestions about similarities and differences with today's refugees.
Room 304 Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet St, WC1, at 5.30pm.
Free Event: Rocking Against Racism 1976-1982
Rock Against Racism (RAR) came into existence in the autumn of 1976 in response to a rise in racist attacks, and the continuing growth of the Nazi National Front. In August a racist tirade by blues guitarist Eric Clapton from the stage in Birmingham led to a letter, jointly signed by the compilers of this book, to the music press critical of Clapton’s racism and asking for readers to support an anti-racist campaign through music. The response was overwhelming and a movement was born.
For the next six years RAR was at the centre of a cultural movement against racism and the NF. From 1978 it was partnered with both the Anti-Nazi League and School Kids Against the Nazis. Together they had broken the National Front by 1979 and continued the fight against racism with RAR’s Militant Entertainment Tour, and in 1981 the fourth and final Carnival in Leeds.
The conference is part of the AHRC-funded project, Wars of Position: Communism and Civil Society led by Dr Ben Harker at the University of Manchester:
And not forgetting -
"The 2017 edition of Past Tense's annual delve into London's rumbunctious radical history is selling fast...
The fourth annual calendar features our selection of the rebellious, subversive and insurgent anniversaries: a date from London history for every day of 2017, strikes and riots; rowdy parties and occupations; births (no marriages) and deaths. And much more...
We do it because we love it. If you find it useful, inspiring, makes you think, leads you to something you didn't know, or just makes you laugh and dance with the joy of defiance - that's what we were aiming for...
Written and designed by angry amateur hysterians, and printed in several colours by artisans in South London."
It's now on sale in the following Bookshops (and other places) in London:
Freedom Bookshop - https://freedompress.org.uk/
Housmans - http://www.housmans.com/
56a Infoshop - http://www.56a.org.uk/
Electric Elephant - http://electricelephantcafe.
Bookmarks - https://bookmarksbookshop.co.
Muswell Hill Books - http://www.
Stoke Newington Bookshop - https://www.
Bookseller Crow on the Hill - http://booksellercrow.co.uk/
Newham Books - http://newhambooks.co.uk/
Brick Lane Bookshop - http://www.bricklanebookshop.
Review Bookshop - http://www.reviewbookshop.co.
Bookart Bookshop - http://www.bookartbookshop.
Broadway Bookshop - http://www.
Calder Bookshop & Theatre - http://calderbookshop.com/
Clapham Books - http://www.claphambooks.com/
Herne Hill Books - http://www.hernehill.org.uk/
Kirkdale Bookshop - https://kirkdalebookshop.com/
Atlantis Books - http://www.
Institute of Contemporary Arts - https://www.ica.org.uk/
Ti-pi-tin - http://www.tipitin.com/
Rye Books - http://www.ryebooks.co.uk/
Support your local independent or radical bookshop...!
The calendar is also available from
But of course the Calendar can also be yours for just £6.00... Plus £2.00 Postage & Packing from the publications page on our website: http://www.alphabetthreat.co.
(payment by paypal)
or by post, from
c/o 56a Infoshop
56 Crampton Street,
enclosing a cheque for £8.00, payable to Past Tense Publications.