Thursday, December 13, 2018

Events into the New Year: Listings Update

Housmans regularly have a variety of events in the shop, and always welcome suggestions from authors, artists and campaigners who want to use the shop for evening events. Past events include talks, book signings, film screenings, art exhibitions and musical performances: click here for an archive; which includes a number of selected filmed highlights. Also, you can view video from some special events here.
"Sex Drive: On the Road to a Pleasure Revolution" 
with Stephanie Theobald
Thursday 10th January, 7pm
Entry £3 redeemable against any purchase

'The Happiness Fantasy' with Carl Cederstrom

Wednesday 23rd January, 7pm
Entry £3 redeemable against any purchase

'Rethinking Racial Capitalism' with Gargi Bhattacharyya
Wednesday 30th January, 7pm
Entry £3 redeemable against any purchase

Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, King’s Cross,
London, N1 9DX
tel: 020 7837 4473

Programme 2019
At the Epicentre, West St, E11 4LJ
7.30pm Buffet (please bring veggie item if you can)
8.00pm Talk/discussion till 10pm & back to buffet
Travel and Access
Stratford stations & 257 bus
Leytonstone tube (exit left) & 257/W14 bus
Overground: Leytonstone High Road, turn right, short walk  Disabled access
Car park / bikes can be brought in
Quiet children welcome
Phone to confirm the talk will be as shown
Open to all; no booking, just turn up
Enquiries 0208 555 5248 or

Saturday 12th January 2019

Waltham Forest Animal Protection Warriors!   

Speakers: Rachel Barrett, Mark Dawes, Margaret Winniak, K-Star
K-Star, Margaret, Mark & Rachel, members of Waltham Forest Animal Protection, will speak about their work in helping animals in our borough & beyond. The group was set up in August 2014. Meetings have included speakers from near & far:  from Waltham Forest Cats Protection to Animals Asia. Members have been successful in stopping Aldi from chopping down trees with nesting birds; in removing lethal, bird-trapping netting on buildings; & in encouraging the Council to scan pets killed in road traffic accidents. Along with advice on what to do if you find sick or injured wildlife, topics for debate will include:

  •   Going vegan is the best way to save the planet
  •   It's unethical to experiment on animals
  •   It's wrong to use animals for entertainment or sport!
  •   All fur should be banned. The group is campaigning to get the sale of fur banned in Waltham Forest.
Saturday 9th February 2019
Life, the Universe and Everything Else.     Speaker: Brian Madican

Have you ever wondered about where the universe comes from or how did it come into being? Ever pondered on the meaning of life, what is the purpose of it all, why do human beings exist & other similar questions that have baffled the philosophers down the centuries? Then come along & listen to Brian as he tackles these questions & more in this shamelessly plagiarised, but modestly entitled, talk.

Ward window on the world:
West  London Dec. 2018
Saturday 9th March 2019
The End of the NHS? Much Closer Than You Think

Speaker: Carol Saunders

In its 70th year, it’s an open secret that the NHS is struggling as never before. We’ve been bombarded with stories about missed targets, bed shortages, staff shortages, A&E & hospital closures & the dire lack of services for mental health patients. But that’s just the headlines. Come & hear the jaw-dropping back-story of how, back in 2013-14, the World Economic Forum drew up a blueprint for dismantling worldwide socialised health services – a blueprint that’s being followed, right now, in the English NHS. Carol is a campaigner with Tower Hamlets Keep our NHS Public / NE London Save our NHS.

Saturday 13th April 2019

George Orwell, the Labour Party and the Left   

Speaker: Professor John Newsinger

George Orwell was a lifelong socialist. As far as he was concerned, socialism was involved in the achievement of a democratic classless society, a society in which the rich had been altogether dispossessed. His experiences in Spain in the 1930s convinced him that this would require a revolution & he held to this belief through the Second World War, even hoping that the Attlee government might go down a revolutionary road. This talk examines the trajectory of his political thinking & his changing attitudes towards the Labour Party. John Newsinger is Professor of Modern History at Bath Spa University & the author of several books, including the graphic novel, 1917: The Red Year. He is co-editor of the journal George Orwell Studies. His book on Orwell, ‘Hope Lies in the Proles’: Orwell & the Left, came out in 2018. John was unable to be with us last year after all, but will be in 2019.
More to follow monthly throughout the year.
A couple of things from Medact
Food Justice Workshop - London, Wednesday 30th January
A Medact workshop for healthcare professionals working across the healthcare services who are interested in becoming involved with campaigns on food justice and health. More details on the website calendar.
Centre for Sustainable Healthcare workshops - London, Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th January 2019 
Our friends at the CSH are running this excellent pair of workshops for leadership in sustainability and health and sustainability in quality improvement for up to 20 people.
Working Class Movement Library
51 The Crescent,
SalfordM5 4WX
Library opening hours over the festive periodChristmas 2018 - NB that the Library will close at 5pm on Friday 21 December 
until Tuesday 2 January at 10am
If you're not one already and would like to become a Friend of the Library, or to buy someone else a Friend's subscri for Christmas, head here

Our current exhibition Votes for women . . . or votes for ladies? runs until 24 January, and is open Wednesdays to Fridays 1-5pm.  It celebrates the first step that parliament took, one hundred years ago, towards all adult women finally gaining the right to vote.
The exhibition is part of our Heritage Lottery Fund project Voting for change and features various items acquired as part of this project.  A summary of recent news about our Voting for Change project can be found here.
Pankhurst Centre exhibition
The Pankhurst Centre [Manchester] is holding an exhibition about Manchester's response to the centenary of some women gaining the right to vote.  Centenary City runs until 10 March, Thursdays 10am-4pm and on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month 1-4pm.  
It features a selection of objects from some of the city's key #Vote100 moments including banners, artwork, leaflets and badges; these have been collected to become part of an archive to record how Manchester has commemorated this landmark year.

2019 events update
Our early 2019 events listing is now available at  

A guest exhibition, Guernica Remakings, will open on 31 January exploring the ongoing power of Pablo Picasso’s iconic 1937 painting Guernica through a display of 21st century reworkings from across the globe.  The exhibition, which marks the 80th anniversary of the extraordinary story of the showing of Picasso’s Guernica in a car showroom in Manchester, runs until 20 March and is open Wednesdays to Fridays 1-5pm, and the first Saturday of the month 10am-4pm.  It is part of an international tour echoing the spirit in which Picasso’s Guernica toured, and functions as both an anti-fascist statement and a call to action.
All are welcome to attend the exhibition launch evening – Thursday 31 January 6pm.
The curator of the exhibition, Nicola Ashmore, Senior Lecturer in History of Art and Design at the University of Brighton, will also give an illustrated talk on Wednesday 13 March at 2pm that explores Guernica and its remakings as a call to action, pushing back at those in power who choose to act to the detriment of civilians.
There is a press release about the exhibition here.

LGBT History Month - Glyn Salton-Cox, 'Queer Communism'
We are delighted to welcome Glyn Salton-Cox, Assistant Professor of English and Affiliate of Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, to mark LGBT History Month with us on Saturday 9 February at 2pm
Glyn states: ‘It is well known that many of the best-known queer writers of the 1930s were involved with Communist politics. Why, then, has there been no extended examination of this striking juncture of dissident sex and socialism?’ His talk to us explores this question, among others, aiming to transform current narratives of 20th century literary, cultural, and intellectual history from a queer Marxist perspective. It will also explore the contemporary problem of populism, arguing we can learn important lessons from the queer radicalism of the 1930s that can help formulate strategies of resistance to today’s multi-layered oppressions in both Britain and the US.
Admission free; light refreshments available; all welcome. 

International Women's Day 
We mark International Women's Day on Saturday 2 March with an afternoon (2pm start) focussed on a project bringing to life the last 100 years of women’s protest, discussing the changing nature of women’s activism and some of the more significant protest sites in the North.
Remembering Resistance: a Century of Women’s Protest in the North of England is a Heritage Lottery Funded project that aims to catalogue, celebrate, and engage the public in women's efforts to bring about political change. There will be talks plus the opportunity to get involved with the project by recalling your own memories of women’s campaigning.
Admission free; light refreshments available; all welcome.

Townsend Productions - Rouse, ye women
We are delighted to welcome back Townsend Productions on Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 March (7.30pm start) with their new musical drama Rouse, ye women. Through traditional songs and ballads we will learn the story of the women chainmakers of Cradley Heath in the West Midlands.  In 1910 they began a successful ten-week strike, led by charismatic union campaigner Mary Macarthur, to more than double their earnings and establish the principle of a national minimum wage. 
The strike was a prelude to the ‘Great Unrest’ of industrial action that swept Britain in 1911, and led to a landmark victory for a fair wage, changing the lives of thousands of workers, whilst proving their economic power.
The evening features original songs and music composed by folk musician John Kirkpatrick (Steeleye Span, Home Service, Richard Thompson Band, etc.).
Tickets price £12.75 (£10.75 concession, £6.75 student) available here.

No country for women 
In an Irish Mancunian event marking the 100th anniversary of the revolutionary first Dáil Éireann, No country for women, on Sunday 20 January 2pm at Chorlton Irish Club, Sonja Tiernan will examine how women played a central role in establishing the Irish Free State but were then relegated to the margins of political and public life. There will also be a screening of an RTE documentary examining Irish women's lives over the past 100 years.
Full details & tickets at  

London CND's 2019 conference
on the theme 'Trump's finger on the nuclear button' - 
speakers including Catherine West MP and Green Party Co-Leader Jonathan Bartley.
12 noon - 5pm on Saturday 12th January,

at the School of Oriental and African Studies
Tickets are free!

Future Wars videos

Videos from the conference on new technology and the future of warfare are now up on our website - including this clip of Nobel Peace Prize winner Arielle Denis. 

Trump Trashes INF Treaty

Read our analysis of Trump's withdrawal from the INF treaty, and its fallout.


Haringey Local History Fair 2019
The date will be 16th February 2019  
11am- 4.30pm
Show-casing "local groups with an interest in the history, social history, natural history and architecture of Haringey ... also groups and individuals with a special project each year, or those who are also taking part in the talks programme.   A stall normally consists of a 6ft table where you can promote your group, sell books and merchandise and meet members of the public.  Booking is free."   
(Look out for the RaHN stall, as usual.) 
Information and contact: Haringey Local History Library and Archives
Bruce Castle Museum
Lordship Lane
London N17 8NU

Phone: 020 8808 8772
Fax:  020 8808 4118
Anarchism talks in Nottingham 28th Jan & 4th Feb 2019
(from Sparrows' Nest)
The Meaning of Anarchism, via twelve libertarians
Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop 14a Long Row, Nottingham NG1 2DH.
£3.00 on the door, including refreshments.
Anarchism is a much misunderstood and much misrepresented theory. Rejecting the chaos of capitalism and statism, it seeks to create the order of libertarian socialism, a free society of free associates. To discover more, please join Iain McKay (author of An Anarchist FAQ) for an exploration of libertarian ideas by means of six male and six female anarchist thinkers and activists.
Over two nights, the lives and ideas of the founding fathers and mothers of anarchism – including Michael Bakunin, Peter Kropotkin, Louise Michel and Emma Goldman – will be discussed and their continuing relevance highlighted.
Week one -- Monday, 28th January: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Founding Fathers, 1840 to 1940: Pierre-Joseph Proudhon; Joseph Dejacques;  Michael Bakunin; Errico Malatesta; Peter Kropotkin; Rudolf Rocker
Week two – Monday, 4th February: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Founding Mothers, 1840 to 1940; André Léo; Louise Michel; Lucy Parsons; Emma Goldman; Voltairine de Cleyre; Marie-Louis Berneri
Link for more info (and notes from previous talks)

Confronting the Rise of the Far Right: European Conference
2nd March 2019 at Bloomsbury Central, London WC2

These listings will be updated from time to time.

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