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December 2019

Left Book Club – Authentocrats with Joe Kennedy

3rd December 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

We’re very excited to host Joe Kennedy at our next LBC meeting to discuss his book, Authentocrats: Culture, Politics and the New Seriousness. Joe’s book is a brilliant and incisive read that provides a useful way of thinking about debates on Brexit, nationalism and what's really going on when politicians and pundits refer to the 'traditional' working class. Joe will briefly discuss his book before facilitating an open discussion on many of its themes. Participation in the conversation is very…

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Launch: The Still Point Journal Issue 4

5th December 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

  Traces. Traces as an indication of existence; traces of the past and/or future; traces that are visible or geographical; invisible traces; traces as inspiration; traces as a narrative. In this collection we see a wide range of interpretations of the theme, ranging from the evocation of linguistic memories of childhood to tidal erosion, the metaphorical cannibalism of the act of translation and quite a few beyond. The Still Point Journal is a literary journal for Arts and Humanities researchers…

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LONDON: Facades, shopfronts, thirteen walks and freedom of movement: The Gentle Author, Eleanor Crow, Dan Cruickshank and Reuben Lane: Reading and Christmas Shopping.

19th December 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Join us for a night all about London detailing the rise of 'Facadism', its variation of ever-changing shop fronts, the walks it winds us on and the many existences of people in our capital city. Our four readers will present their books with a brief discussion and signing. There will be mulled wine and a late opening for Christmas presents! Tickets are free but please book to avoid disappointment. The Gentle Author presents a provocative analysis of facadism - the…

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January 2020

Poetry: Joan Fleming with Richard Scott and Martha Sprackland

14 January @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Join us for a reading from visiting poet Joan Fleming with support from Richard Scott and Martha Sprackland. Joan Fleming is the author of The Same as Yes and Failed Love Poems, both from Victoria University Press. Her new collection Dirt is forthcoming with Cordite Books. She holds a PhD in ethnopoetics from Monash University, Melbourne, and is the New Zealand/Aotearoa Commissioning Editor for Cordite Poetry Review. Richard Scott was born in London in 1981. His pamphlet Wound (Rialto) won…

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Clemens Meyer in conversation with Stuart Evers

22 January @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Join us for an evening with Clemens Mayer in conversation with Stuart Evers. Clemens Mayer's new novel Dark Satellites (translated Kate Derbyshire) is a striking collection of stories about marginal characters in contemporary Germany and is published on Fitzcarraldo Editions 20th Jan 2020. Clemens Meyer was born 1977 in Halle and lives in Leipzig. After high school he jobbed as a watchman, building worker and removal man. He studied creative writing at the German Literary Institute, Leipzig and was granted…

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February 2020

Live Music: Flo Perlin, Josh Geffin and Dear Brother

2 February @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us for a Sunday afternoon of unplugged music in our basement gallery space. Flo Perlin, Josh Geffin and Dear Brother will perform their own songs and collaborate on one another's in a fully acoustic performance. Born and raised in London, Flo Perlin grew up surrounded by a diverse range of music which has influenced her personal and musical landscape ever since. Flo learned to play cello from the age of five and subsequently taught herself guitar and piano as…

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Left Book Club, with Jan Baykara

6 February @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Following Labour’s defeat in December’s election, our next meeting at Burley Fisher Books will focus on how we can organise for participatory, reflective and accessible forms of political education throughout the country. We will be joined by Jan Baykara, one of the creators of Momentum’s MyCampaignMap and co-founder of Common Knowledge – a nonprofit workers cooperative building digital tools for the grassroots left. Jan will briefly relay insights from Labour Together’s review into the election defeat, before we proceed to…

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Luke Brown in conversation with Joe Dunthorne

20 February @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

We're delighted to welcome Luke Brown to the shop, in an event to mark the release of his novel Theft. As well as reading from the book, Luke will be in conversation with Joe Dunthorne.   What I did to them was terrible, but you have to understand the context. This was London, 2016 . . . Bohemia is history. Paul has awoken to the fact that he will always be better known for reviewing haircuts than for his literary…

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March 2020

Short Exhibition: “Un-spoken”: Maria Dragan, Christine Gordon and Winky Tsang

3 March @ 7:00 pm - 8 March @ 7:00 pm

Un-spoken presents the work of three BA Fine Art undergraduates at Chelsea College of Arts: Maria Dragan, Christine Gordon and Winky Tsang. Each of these artists in their own way interprets what it means to speak and to conceal, by an investigation of language, text, speech, architectural structures, and the hierarchy of authority. “All right, confess, but confess only what you do not feel. Free your soul from the weight of all your secrets by speaking them out loud; but…

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the87press: Porochista Khakpour, Julia Bell, Golnoosh Nour and Hannah Regel

9 March @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

the87press are delighted to invite you to a spring special event on 9th March 2020 to mark Porochista Khakpour's visit to our Isles! Porochista will read alongside Julia Bell, Golnoosh Nour and Hannah Regel, a line up that proudly platforms some of the most exciting contemporary writing. 50% of proceeds from entrance fees will be donated to the UCU strike fund so please do spread the word.

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Poetry: Megan Fernandes, Emily Critchley, Polly Atkin and Will Harris hosted by Natasha Hakimi Zapata

13 March @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Join us for an evening of poetry with Megan Fernandes, Emily Critchley and Will Harris hosted by Natasha Hakimi Zapata. Emily Critchley‘s poetry collections have been published by Boiler House, Barque, Intercapillary, Corrupt, Holdfire, Torque, Oystercatcher, Dusie, Bad and Arehouse presses. A 2011 selected writing, Love / All That / & OK (US), was published by Penned in the Margins; her most recent collection, Ten Thousand Things, was published by Boiler House Press in 2017. She is also editor of…

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Poetry x Class Reading Group: The Master’s Tools with Andrew McMillan 

21 March @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

What does an authentic poetry of working-class ‘work’ look like? If ‘work’ is often defined by the parameters of the employer, and pushed down onto the employee, then what power does poetry have to rename and reframe the notions of ‘work’, and how far can this be seen as a reclamation of power? Are questions like that a bit wanky? Does any of it matter? In this reading group session, I’m interested in considering the approaches different poets have taken…

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