HOUSMANS NEWSLETTER MARCH 2019

28 February 2019 — Housmans

NEWS /ACTIONS
1. Dream Nail’s Live Album – recorded at Housmans
2. No Pasaran –  A European Conference
3. Bread & Roses – New Workers Beer Company bar & venue in King’s Cross
4. AFest 2019 – Get involved!

INSTORE EVENTS
5. ‘Queer Sex: A Trans and Non-Binary Guide to Intimacy, Pleasure and Relationships’ with Juno Roche
6. ‘Switchboard Lgbt+ Helpline’s 45th Birthday’ with Natasha Walker and other Switchboard members
7. Victorina Press present the launch of ‘The Ardent Witness’ with Danielle Maisano
8. ‘Bad Girls: The Rebels and Renegades of Holloway Prison’ with Caitlin Davies
9. An evening of Sex & Politics with Lucy-Anne Holmes and Robert Woodshaw
10. ‘The Unruly Curiosity of the UK Music Press in the 1960s-80s’ with Mark Sinker and Owen Hatherley
11. Authentocracy: Joe Kennedy & Juliet Jacques in conversation

READING AND DISCUSSION GROUPS
12 Fuse Book Club – forthcoming titles
13. Feminist Sci-fi Book Club at Housmans
14. Housmans Queer Book Club
15. Self-Care as an Act of Warfare: A Black Women’s Reading Group
16. London Pacifism and Nonviolence Discussion Group
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NEWS /ACTIONS

1. Dream Nail’s Unplugged Live Album – recorded at Housmans
London’s feminist punk witches Dream Nails release an “accidental” acoustic album named Take Up Space. Singer Janey Starling says, “This album was an accident! We didn’t mean to make it, we just did an intimate acoustic gig for 100 fans in our favourite bookshop, because we’re sick of our lyrics and harmonies getting lost on shitty PA systems in punk venues. Then it turned out pretty bloody good, and we wanted to share it!”
Stream and/ or buy it on their Bandcamp page: https://dreamnails.bandcamp.com

2. No Pasaran – A European Conference bringing together activists from across Europe and beyond to discuss and organise against the rise of the far-right
Saturday 2nd March – Central London
The far-right is on the offensive: the biggest upsurge since the 1930s. They are increasingly internationalised, well-funded and well-organised. Bolsonaro’s victory in Brazil extends this wave into Latin America. These developments must be countered by rapid and effective mobilisation. This conference will bring together left and progressive forces from across Europe and beyond: to work together, to promote viable political alternatives and coordinate an effective response.
For further information and registration visit www.prruk.org

3. Bread & Roses – New Workers Beer Company bar & venue in King’s Cross
A very welcome arrival to King’s Cross, the Workers Beer Company have opened a new bar and meeting room space, just a couple of minutes from Housmans on Grays Inn Road, underneath the National Union of Journalists offices. Friendly staff, good food and drink, a lovely space, and all supporting the trade union movement. Well worth getting down there.
https://www.thechapelkingscross.co.uk

4. AFest 2019 – Get involved! Friday 31st May – Sunday 2nd June 2019
Following the success of last year’s decentralised anarchist festival, we’re going to give it another try, but this time with events not just in London, but across the UK and Ireland. The idea is simple: groups put on their own programme of anarchist events, concentrating on the dates of the long weekend of 31st May to the 2nd June 2019, and the programme is collated by us on our website and social media.
To find out more please visit: https://anarchistfestival.wordpress.com

IN-STORE EVENTS

5. ‘Queer Sex: A Trans and Non-Binary Guide to Intimacy, Pleasure and Relationships’ with Juno Roche
Wednesday 6th March, 7pm – tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events.php
Transgender activist Juno Roche discusses sex, desire and dating, and inspiring readers to explore their own concepts of intimacy and sexuality, and to celebrate the wonder and potential of trans bodies to push at the boundaries of how society views gender, sexuality and relationships.
click here for more info

6. ‘Switchboard Lgbt+ Helpline’s 45th Birthday’ with Natasha Walker and other Switchboard members
Friday 8th March, 7pm – tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events.php
Join us to celebrate the 45th birthday of Switchboard, a pioneering support organisation that began in the rooms above Housmans Bookshop. A presentation and panel discussion on the history of the organisation will be followed by continued conversations over refreshments.
click here for more info

7. Victorina Press present the launch of ‘The Ardent Witness’ with Danielle Maisano
Saturday 9th March, 6.30 pm – Free entry
Based on the author’s own experience, this novel gives a startlingly fresh and intimate perspective on how western aid programs are failing Africa. It also shows, with blistering honesty, how one woman’s life can be irrevocably changed by a sojourn in one of the most captivating and complex nations on earth, Togo.
click here for more info

8. ‘Bad Girls: The Rebels and Renegades of Holloway Prison’ with Caitlin Davies
Wednesday 20th March, 7pm – tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events.php
Caitlin Davies tells the stories of how women have been treated in our justice system over more than a century, what crimes – real or imagined – they committed, who found them guilty and why. It is a story of victimization and resistance; of oppression and bravery.
click here for more info

9. An evening of Sex & Politics with Lucy-Anne Holmes and Robert Woodshaw
Wednesday 27th March, 7pm – tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events.php
Lucy-Anne Holmes talks with fellow author Robert Woodshaw about her memoir ‘Don’t Hold My Head Down’, the story of how she found feminism through sex and successfully took on The Sun over Page 3. With dramatised readings, author interviewing author, and a frank Q and A, join our guests as they delve into the passions and frustrations that led them to write about sex and politics.
click here for more info

10. ‘The Unruly Curiosity of the UK Music Press in the 1960s-80s’ with Mark Sinker and Owen Hatherley
Wednesday 3rd April, 7pm – tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events.php
Our guests reflect on a new anthology of conversations and essays that explore the UK music press of this era, and ask how this uncharted space first came about, who put it together, what it achieved, where it went, and what critical legacy remains of the work of a network of young anarchists, dreamers, and agitators who dared to take pop culture seriously.
click here for more info

11. Authentocracy: Joe Kennedy & Juliet Jacques in conversation
Monday 8th April, 7pm – tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events.php
Join Joe Kennedy and Juliet Jacques to discuss our obsession with authenticity, and the ways it has been instrumentalised politically.  We are entering, we are told, a post-liberal age. Authoritarian populism is in the ascendant, and permissiveness, multiculturalism and “identity politics” have allegedly failed us, meaning that we must now fall back on some idea of tradition. However, it’s not only the usual, conservative suspects who are making this argument, but centrist politicians who. “Authentocracy” is the populism of the centre, with a spurious concern for “real people” that’s part of a broader turn within British culture. In their declaration that the Left can only save itself by becoming less liberal, our guests charges liberals themselves with fuelling the post-liberal turn, and asks where the space might be found for an alternative.
click here for more info

READING AND DISCUSSION GROUPS

12. 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 14th March: Revolting Prostitutes by Juno Mac and Molly Smith
Thursday 11th April: If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
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

13. Housmans Feminist Sci-fi Book Club
Genderless societies, anarchist planets, polyamorous aliens, parthenogenesis, feminist militias, reproductive dystopias, cyborg families, and more at the Housmans Feminist Sci-Fi Book Club! Join us at the bookshop on the first Thursday of every month, 7pm-9pm. All genders welcome. Please bring drinks or snacks to share.

Thursday 7th March: Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
April: No meeting – book club back in May
Thursday 2nd May: Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
Book Club books available at 20% discount from Housmans. Any questions please email Hannah on scifi@housmans.com  or check the book club page here.

14. Housmans Queer Book Club
Housmans Queer Book Club is a new group that reads a wide range of LGBTQ fiction and non-fiction. We meet every second Thursday of the month from 7-8:30pm. All genders are welcome, as are any snacks, drinks and book suggestions you can bring along too. You can find future book club titles in Housmans, a 20% discount can be applied to them if you mention the group.

Thursday 14th March: Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima

15. Self-Care as an Act of Warfare: A Black Women’s Reading Group
Held the third Thursday of month. The group is free to attend. Group members get a 20% discount if they choose to buy the upcoming book from the shop. The event is open to all women (trans, intersex and cis) of Black African and Caribbean descent. Black non-binary, agender or gender variant people who feel they can contribute to and benefit from attending are welcome.
Space is limited so if you would like to come please email: blackfeministreading[at]gmail.com

No event in March – Back in April……

16. 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.

At our MARCH meeting (on Tuesday 12 March), we will look at the issue of PACIFISM AND CENTRALISATION. In APRIL (on Tuesday 9 April) the topic will probably be NONVIOLENCE AND TOLERANCE – check back later for confirmation.
For more information please visit: http://londonpacifismnonviolence.wordpress.com/
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