Housmans Books Newsletter March 2017

28 February 2017 — Housmans

NEWS

1. Confronting Rape Culture workshops at Housmans
2. Poet In Residence: Siana Bangura
3. Spark! 1917-2017 Russian Revolution Centenary event in Brixton

IN-STORE EVENTS

4. ‘1956: John Saville, E.P. Thompson and The Reasoner’ with Paul Flewers
5. ‘The End of Politicians’ with Brett Hennig
6. ‘Poet in Residence Launch’ with Siana Bangura and Special Guests
7. ‘The Punk Kings of Dyslexia’ with Stephen Micalef
8. ‘Sound System: The Political Power of Music’ with Dave Randall

READING AND DISCUSSION GROUPS

9. Fuse Book Club – forthcoming titles
10. London Pacifism and Nonviolence Discussion Group
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NEWS
1. Confronting Rape Culture workshops at Housmans
CONFRONTING RAPE CULTURE are a group of artists, designers, and activists who have come together to organise exhibitions, workshops and publications, to raise awareness of rape culture under all guises. As part of this project CRC will be hosting three workshops at Housmans through the month of March.
For more information on those three events please visit: http://www.housmans.com/blog/?p=2751

2. Poet In Residence:Siana Bangura
This month we welcome our Poet in Residence, Siana Bangura, who will be kicking off a series of poetry related readings and workshops that will run through to October. Details of this month’s opening event can be found below, and we’ll be publishing the full line up of the series very soon.

3. Spark! 1917-2017 Russian Revolution Centenary event in Brixton,Sun 12 March
An afternoon of participatory discussion and culture including:
Panel session: What Happened? /// Interlude with music, drama, poetry, and art
Panel session What Relevance? – Panellists include: Mary Davis, Neil Faulkner, Phil Hearse, Kate Hudson, Brendan McGeever, and Simon Pirani.
Music Robb Johnson /// Poetry reading Jennie Stoller /// Art presentation Hugh Tisdale of Philosophy Football /// New short play Richard Bradbury.
Plus bookstalls /// Black bread, borscht, and tea will be served.
Supported by: Haymarket Books, Housmans Bookshop, Left Book Club, Left Unity, Morning Star, Philosophy Football, Pluto Press, Resistance Books.
Entry £2 unwaged, £5 waged
For tickets please visit EVENTBRITE

IN-STORE EVENTS

4. ‘1956: John Saville, E.P. Thompson and The Reasoner’ with Paul Flewers
Wednesday 1st March, 7pm
Paul Flewers revisits 1956 and the work of the likes of Thompson and Saville who edited The Reasoner journal, which played a crucial role in organising opposition to Stalinism within the Communist Party of Great Britain.
click here for more info

5. ‘The End of Politicians’ with Brett Hennig
Wednesday 15th March, 7pm
Is it time to do democracy differently? Can we fix our broken politics? Come and hear about an alternative to our tired electoral democracy, about the groups experimenting with new ways of doing democracy (in particular the UK’s first G1000) and the campaign to institute this democratic alternative by putting deliberating, informed, ordinary citizens back into politics.
click here for more info

6. ‘Poet in Residence Launch’ with Siana Bangura and Special Guests
Thursday 16th March, 7pm
Poet and feminist activist Siana Bangura launches her poetry residency at Housmans with readings from her award winning collection Elephant. Never afraid to address the elephant in the room – the very spirit with which this collection was put together – Bangura’s work has a special focus on black womanhood, gender and racial politics, as well as family, fatherlessness, identity, Black British girlhood, unemployment, gentrification, disenfranchisement, love, loss, and more. Special guests to be announced.
click here for more info

7. ‘The Punk Kings of Dyslexia’ with Stephen Micalef
Wed 29th March, 7pm
An evening with infamous poet and punk-zine writer Stephen Micalef, who will be reading from his book The Punk Kings of Dyslexia, and talking all things Sniffin’ Glue.
click here for more info

8. LEFT BOOK CLUB PRESENTS
‘Sound System: The Political Power of Music’ with Dave Randall
Wednesday 5th April, 7pm
Musician and activist Dave Randall discusses the power of music as a force for social and political change – how can music serve the interest of the many, rather than the few?
click here for more info

READING AND DISCUSSION GROUPS

9. The Fuse Book Club – forthcoming titles

Housmans has a monthly book club which usually meets on the second Thursday of the month, starting at 7pm in the shop. Forthcoming titles under discussion are:

Thursday 9th March 
Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
Part memoir, part investigative report, the novelist Jonathan Safran Foer explores the history, politics and ethics of meat-eating. 

Thursday 13th April
 G by John Berger
“a brilliant novel about the search for intimacy in history’s private moments”, this 1972 novel by influential art critic John Berger also won the Booker Prize.

If you would like to find out more about the reading group, please email catherine@housmans.com. The Fuse has its own web page with more info here: http://www.housmans.com/fuse.php

10. London Pacifism and Nonviolence Discussion Group
Housmans has a regular Pacifism and Nonviolence Discussion Group, who meet on the second Tuesday of the month. All are welcome, but please be prepared to join in the discussion. Please try to turn up by 7pm sharp.

And at our MARCH meeting on Tuesday 14 March, the topic will be NONVIOLENCE AND SURVEILLANCE.

For more information please visit: http://londonpacifismnonviolence.wordpress.com/
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