Thursday, 31 January 2019


Housmans Bookshop,
5 Caledonian Road,
London N1 9DX
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1. Bernard Franks Memorial Book Sale
2. No Pasaran -  A European Conference Against the Rise of the Far-Right

 AUTONOMY NOW present: 'Anarchism, Syndicalism and the Amsterdam Congress of 1907' with Anthony Zurbrugg and Carl Levy
4. Red Utopias with Marylise Vigneau
5. FAUTLINE: Poetry, Lisa Fannen
6. Authentocracy: Joe Kennedy & Juliet Jacques in conversation
7. Rock Against Racism and the Anti-Nazi League with David Renton and Ruth Gregory

READING AND DISCUSSION GROUPS8. Fuse Book Club – forthcoming titles
9. Feminist Sci-fi Book Club at Housmans
10. Housmans Queer Book Club
11. Self-Care as an Act of Warfare: A Black Women's Reading Group
12. London Pacifism and Nonviolence Discussion Group


1. Bernard Franks Memorial Book Sale

Currently out for sale in our basement is the library of Bernard Franks, very kindly donated to Housmans by his estate. The collection is primarily made up of Marxist and, often rare, historical tomes. Bernard was self-educated and wrote on many subjects, including a lengthy work on the French Revolution (there are many books on the Revolution in his collection).  His comrade Phil Edwards has written more about his life on our blog: 
As ever we endeavour to keep the prices of such books as cheap as possible – the vast majority are on sale at £1, while a few are at £3 and £5. 

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 

3. AUTONOMY NOW present:
'Anarchism, Syndicalism and the Amsterdam Congress of 1907' with Anthony Zurbrugg and Carl Levy

Thursday 31st January, 7pm – Free entryamsterdam1907
The Amsterdam Anarchist Congress of 1907 was a unique occasion for libertarians to meet and discuss. In France several libertarians were leading the French Labour Confederation the CGT: did they offer a new and better strategy? What opposition were they facing? Did libertarians offer an alternative to Social-Democracy and the growing threat of war?
click here for more info

4. Red Utopias with Marylise Vigneau
Saturday 9th February, 7pm
Free entry
Red Utopias is a collection of three books that bring together the photographs and texts of 10 European authors and photographers. These books aim to allude to the portrayal of the political utopia by those directly affected by Communism after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union. This is being achieved by exploring 3 main topics: the collective memory, the spaces and the People.
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5. FAUTLINE: Poetry, Lisa Fannen
Sunday 10th February, 6-7pm
Free entry

Lisa Fannen has been writing, and sharing words both solo and in collaboration with musicians. She launched a debut poetry collection, Faultline in November 2018 published by Active Distribution/Sto Citas. She'll be reading poems and sharing related stories from Faultline (which includes snapshots, lyrics, journal notes and meditations spanning the last ten years) and will welcome any conversation that emerges.
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6. Authentocracy: Joe Kennedy & Juliet Jacques in conversation
Wednesday 13th February, 7pm
Entry £3 redeemable against any purchase

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.
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7. Rock Against Racism and the Anti-Nazi League with David Renton and Ruth Gregory
Wednesday 27th February, 7pm
Entry £3 redeemable against any purchase

Our guests discuss David's new book 'Never Again' which tells the story of the fascist National Front who were rampaging in the late 70s, and the campaigns which played such a key part in counteracting them.
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8. 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 February
: Tell Me How it Ends by Valeria LuiselliThursday 14th March: Revolting Prostitutes by Juno Mac and Molly SmithIf you would like to find out more about the reading group, please email catherine@housmans.comThe Fuse has its own web page with more info here:

9. Housmans Feminist Sci-fi Book Club feministscifi
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 February:
 The Swan Book by Alexis WrightThursday 7th March: Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
Book Club books available at 20% discount from Housmans. Any questions please email Hannah on  or check the book club page here.

10. Housmans Queer Book ClubImage result for 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 FebruaryThe Bone People by Keri HulmeThursday 14th MarchConfessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima
Self-Care as an Act of Warfare: A Black Women's Reading GroupSelfCare as an Act
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]

Thursday 21st February
 – This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color edited by CherrĂ­e Moraga and Gloria E. AnzaldĂșa
12. London Pacifism and Nonviolence Discussion Groupwhite poppy
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. 

In FEBRUARY (on Tuesday 12 February), we plan to discuss NONVIOLENCE AND TOLERANCE.For more information please visit:  

Green Monday Update.

Allan Todd' via EcoSocialist Network Unsubscribe

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Dear Climate Protectors!
Please find attached this week’s Green Monday Update. Some of you will no doubt be relieved to see the (permanent?) disappearance of words from various foreign languages in these Updates! We’ll see what happens now I’ve reverted to English.

Some of you will know already that last Friday, all 24 Greenpeace activists - myself & another PNR protester (Helen D) included - who locked-on outside VW’s UK HQ in Milton Keynes last August (as part of Greenpeace’s air pollution campaign) now have a criminal record for ‘aggravated trespass’. Those without any previous convictions, were given a 12-month conditional discharge, along with £105 in damages & court costs. The two who had previous were, additionally, fined £200.  

One heart-warming part of the court proceedings was that the District Judge began by stating that he has been a financial supporter of Greenpeace for many years! Despite opposition from the prosecuting lawyer, he presented a rock-solid case for not recusing himself! Quite different from another judge who didn’t even mention HIS family business connections - to the oil & gas industries, no less! - when sentencing our 3 truck surfers to prison!

Given all that is happening as the global Climate Crisis continues to worsen, with actions over the coming months being planned by Extinction Rebellion & Earth Strike (to name but two) - and not to mention any forthcoming Greenpeace campaigns - I suspect I may find it quite hard not to breach the conditional discharge!

Plus it’ll be interesting to see if the Met will follow up on my arrest on Lambeth Bridge last November, for ‘wilful obstruction of a highway’!

All the best

GREEN MONDAYS (31/01/2019)

This week’s Green Monday:

Those able to come to this week’s Green Monday at PNR were treated to a very interesting - and inspiring - talk from
Krista Cowman:
She is Professor of History at Lincoln University - & a top-ranking aficionado of Cuban mojitos (I’ve seen her in action in Havana!) - and specialises in the history of modern women’s political activism. She had much to say about the history of civil disobedience in the UK - with a particular focus on the how the Suffragettes struggled to achieve political justice for women.  
For those who missed her talk, here is a link to what you missed:

ForthcomingGreen Mondays:

Speakers for subsequent Green Mondays for this year have been booked for all dates up to & including 11 March - plus we’ve also got 3 dates covered between then & the end of May (tho’ that may - sorry! - come sooner than we think!).  So far, speakers are as follows:

4 February - For next week’s Green Monday, our main speaker will be John Ashton - a frequent and very welcome visitor to PNR:
He says he won’t have yet another amusing song with which to entertain us AND annoy Cuadrilla - but is busy working on ‘something else’! John is expected to be speaking outside the gates at around 12.30pm.
25 February - For this Green Monday, our main speaker will be Chris Bluemel from Earth First: Chris is a musician, and an activist across a range of environmental and social justice issues. He is bass player for the protest-folk band Seize The Day, who have performed previously at the PNR gates. He has taken direct action against Trident, the arms fairs, a roadbuilding project in Surrey - and, as part of both RtP and Earth First, against Cuadrilla’s fracking site at PNR, whilst staying at the camps. Chris is expected to be speaking outside the gates at around 12.30pm.
4 March - For this Green Monday, our main speaker will be Donnachadh McCarthy:
He is an environmental and political journalist and activist, whose written works include The Prostitute State - all about how Britain’s democracy has been bought! Previously, he has campaigned against the billionaire media owners, and for safer routes for cyclists and an end to air pollution in cities. He is now also one of the leading people behind Extinction Rebellion Donnachadh is expected to be speaking outside the gates at around 12.30pm.
11 March - For this Green Monday, our main speakers will be Carolyn Kagan & Mark Burton:
Carolyn is an Emerita Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University, whilst Mark (who was a Visiting Professor at MMU) is currently working with Sheffield University. They are both part of Steady State Manchester Collective, which is working with people & organisations for a Greater Manchester that is economically, socially and ecologically viable. They will be talking about how to construct viable/sustainable economies after we’ve finally moved on from fossil fuels - economies that, crucially, will allow us to live within Earth’s planetary boundaries. For those wanting to some research/homework before they come to PNR, a link to their work is provided below: They are expected to be speaking outside the gates at around 12.30pm.
18 March - For this Green Monday, our main speaker will be the well-known - and much-loved (he told me to say this!) - Nick Danby from Frack Free Lancashire (FFL):Nick is a regular attendee at Green Mondays - and at many other protest days - at PNR: so much so, that he is extremely well-known to the police!From the start, Nick predicted that the fracking industry “will never, ever, have social licence.” The past few years have well-and-truly proved him right.Nick is expected to be speaking outside the gates at around 12.30pm.
25 March - For this Green Monday, our main speaker will be Barbara Richardson, another very frequent PNR protester: Barbara, as well as being a very active member of FFL, has been the Chair of the Roseacre Awareness Group (RAG) for some considerable time.  In that role, she has appeared on TV programmes such as The One Show & BBC Breakfast, to argue the case against fracking. She spoke in Paris, during the COP21 talks, at the first-ever international anti-fracking conference - and is a winner (on behalf of FFL) of the Sheila McKechnie Foundations Award for Environmental Justice. Barbara is expected to be speaking outside the gates at around 12.30pm
8 April - For this Green Monday, our main speaker will be Dr. Jem Bendell: He is Professor of Sustainability Leadership, and the Founder of the Institute for Leadership & Sustainability, at Cumbria University.Previously, he worked for WWF in their Forest Unit.Jem is expected to be speaking outside the gates at around 12.30pm.
15 April - For this Green Monday, our main speaker will be Dr. Dan Bailey:Dan is Professor of Sustainability Leadership, and the Founder of the Institute for Leadership & Sustainability, at Cumbria University.Previously, he worked at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute at Sheffield University, and as an Associate lecturer in the Politics Department of the University of York.His research has focused on the implications of the ecological crisis - referred to by many experts as The Sixth Extinction (if you haven’t already read it, try Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction) - for the form & functions of the state; and on how to achieve transformative change in order to move away from unsustainability.Dan is expected to be speaking outside the gates at around 12.30pm.
20/27 May - For one of these Green Mondays, our main speaker will be  Rupert Read: Rupert is a Reader in Philosophy at the University of East Anglia, and the founder and Chair of the Green House think-tank. He has also recently become very involved in the work of  Extinction Rebellion - and spoke at its launch on 31 October.Once Rupert has been able to confirm which date he will come, he is expected to be speaking outside the gates at around 12.30pm.
Also, in the pipeline - but STILL (A not-so-subtle hint!!) with no confirmed date just yet - is one more environmental academic and activist, who proved very popular at a previous Green Monday:
Kate Raworth:(‘ambushed’ by me on Lambeth Bridge during Extinction Rebellion’s action in London last November - no apologies, Kate!)

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Growth, Degrowth and Climate Justice

Sat, 23 February 2019
12:00 – 17:00 GMT
Kennington Park Community Centre
Harleyford Street
SE11 5SY

With speakers including:

*Jason Hickel*, author of The Divide: a brief guide to global inequality and its solutions
*Ann Pettifor*, prizewinning economist and author of The Production of Money

We’re rapidly racing towards the precipice. Billions of people are directly threatened by climate breakdown. But the reality is that this is completely avoidable.

The problems that hurtle us towards collapse are systemic. While the benefits of fossil fuels and growth accrue to the few, everyone else shoulders the costs. Our economy puts corporate profit ahead of ordinary people, and the planet.

So our choice is clear, system change or climate change.

The degrowth perspective is one conception of system change. Supporters say we have to detach living standards from growth to save the planet. But what would our lives look like in a post-growth world? Is something like a Green New Deal an alternative way of dealing with the climate crisis, or does it fail to get to the heart of the problem? And do people in the global south still need economic growth to achieve a dignified standard of living?

Join Global Justice Now for a day of workshops and discussion on the subject of degrowth and climate justice.

Tea and coffee will be provided. There are disabled toilets, and the venue is wheelchair accessible.

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Minutes Green Seniors’ meeting: Friday 18 January 2019

NB The Green Seniors meeting  scheduled for the 1st march has been postponed due to other commitments for gs committee members it will now be held on Friday 15 March meeting at 6pm meeting at the Green Room 7 Grand Arcade Tally Ho Corner North Finchley .

Minutes  Green Seniors’ meeting: Friday 18 January 2019
1.   Apologies Helmut  Izzaks, Sandra McLeod

2.  Minutes Green Seniors’ meeting:  Friday 26/10/2018: agreed for accuracy.

3 Matters arising

a)    Lucas Conference working groups: reading groups on the fourth Wednesday of the month,23/1/2019 7pm in the lobby at Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG. The first two groups will be on books by Mike Cooley, the activist, engineer and academic. He received the Right Livelihood Award ('Alternative Nobel Prize') 'for designing and promoting the theory and practice of human-centred, socially useful production'. He was centrally involved in developing the Lucas Plan. For details contact T

b)    National Pensioners’ Convention meeting 31/1/2019 Maureen invited to attend.

c)    Green Seniors site now listed on GP home page  with officers’ emails, thanks to Maureen.

d) Conrad Taylor will be speaking on Seniors and Apps, Maureen to follow up.
e) Irish campaign to pay grandparents caring for children: Still a possibility?

f) Financial crisis in social care sector, worsening:

g)    Research into needs of older people in Tower Hamlets. In the light of all the requests for volunteers we are concerned that young people under  the age of 18 are not required to have police checks. Maureen has contacted Liverpool Street Police Station and local advice groups who simply do not know!!Assurances that young volunteers must be supervised.

h) Holistic review passed and would now go to referendum of members, discussion on GP membership site. More liaison with GP Disability group needed

i)     Maureen attended conference on loneliness addressed by Tracey Crouch MP, Minister for Sport and Civil Society (aka ‘Minister for Loneliness’).Excellent
j) Maureen attended Morley College event on positive ageing, raised issue of freedom passes continuing after April 2020. Excellent
k). LOPSIG (?) need to consider elders’ rights and put pressure on the Mayor of London with Positive Ageing.
l)     Lack of toilets. Some seniors unable to leave the house is this is of concern to them. Some cafes in the City are allowing Seniors to use loos.

4     Green Seniors social media
a)    membership of email list  c.85, Noel to check. Problems with restrictions on size of emails. Moderators Noel & Maureen.
b) Green Seniors has twitter account: contact Maureen for details

5     GPEW Conferences
a) Green Seniors meeting at autumn conference 2018: Claudine Lefsal. Of YG’s recommended GS should consider Twitter and a buddy telephone system.

b)    spring 2019: “the results of the ballot on the Holistic Review proposals may mean that Spring Conference would need to be held after the local elections (the second half of May or early June).|” 

6   London federation and GLA elections videos of hustings accessible via

7 Future Green Seniors activities

·      Greener Jobs Alliance: agm Tuesday, January 29th, 2019. This will take place at UCU, Carlow St, London NW1 7LH from 12.00 - 2.30 with Chi Onwurah, Shadow Industrial Strategy Minister
·      A European Conference bringing together activists from across Europe and beyond to discuss and organise against the rise of the far-right Sat, March 2, 2019 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM GMT
Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church
235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8EP
·       7. Brexit and Seniors
The Left response to Brexit
Meeting and discussion
Marchmont Street Community Centre
62 Marchmont Street
WC1N 1AB London
United Kingdom

·       NESTA Mobility Challenge “The $4 million Mobility Unlimited Challenge supports radical improvements in the mobility and independence of people with lower-limb paralysis through smarter assistive technology” (
·       Aggressive persuasion of care Home Owners and other companies ie Equity Release etc to 'grab' the family home: still a problem.
·       Suspect Funeral plans. Undertakers being taken over by US chains. Are Age UK’s sales of Funeral plans OK?
·       Would Alexa and similar devices be useful to some Seniors?
Travel passes allow seniors free travel on Green Line coaches (Special travel deals for people over 60
·         Holders of English national concessionary bus passes can travel free of charge on Green Line services after 0930 on weekdays and at any time on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays.
·         On weekday evenings your journey must commence before 2300 to qualify for free travel.
·         Passholders whose passes were issued in Hertfordshire enjoy additional benefits and can travel at any time of day on Green Line 724.

9 Date of Next meeting Friday 15th  March 2019 @ 6pm meeting at the Green Room 7 Grand Arcade Tally Ho Corner North Finchley