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Date/Time Event
Wednesday, 27th October
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bread and Roses Award Ceremony 2021

Join our Judges and the short-listed authors for the announcement of the winner of this years Bread and Roses award for Radical Publishing.

The Bread and Roses Award is a book prize with a difference: presented by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers, and without the backing of corporate sponsors, the award seeks to recognise and celebrate excellence in the field of radical political non-fiction.

The Shortlist

Clicking on the publisher link alongside each title will take you to a relevant page with more information about each title.

Ellen Clifford – The War on Disabled People: Capitalism, Welfare and the Making of a Human Catastrophe [Zed/Bloomsbury]

Stella Dadzie – A Kick in the Belly: Women, Slavery and Resistance [Verso]

Marcus Gilroy-Ware – After the Fact? The Truth About Fake News [Repeater]

Emma Griffin – Bread Winner: An Intimate History of the Victorian Economy [Yale]

Owen Hatherley – Red Metropolis: Socialism and the Government of London [Repeater]

Dan Hicks – The Brutish Museums: The Benin Bronzes, Colonial Violence and Cultural Restitution [Pluto]

Olivette Otele – African Europeans: An Untold History [Hurst]

This is a free online event, register here: 


Friday, 29th October
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
An evening with Wendy Cope (and friends) REGRET CANCELLED DUE TO ILL HEALTH

6.00 doors, 6.30 readings. Booking details below. At University Hall on Shakespeare Street

Wendy Cope has been one of the best-loved poets around for a generation now, maybe even two generations from her early days as a visitor to Beeston Poets!

Wendy is the author of five collections with Faber: Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis, Serious ConcernsIf I Don’t KnowFamily Values, and, most recently, Anecdotal Evidence. She is one of the most popular and best-selling poets writing in English. In 1998, she was voted the BBC Radio 4 listeners’ choice to become the next Poet Laureate (a post she made clear she would not want). The poet and former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, wrote that ‘Wendy Cope is without doubt the wittiest of contemporary English poets, and says a lot of extremely serious things.’

Wendy will be supported by three Nottingham Trent University (NTU) students at this event – Aly Stoneman, Tuesday Shannon and Munashe Dziva.

Munashe is a BA (Hons) Psychology and Sociology student and WRAP (Writing, Reading and Pleasure) ambassador. A participant in the NTU Black Leadership Programme, in 2020, she was published in the WRAP online anthology The Story of Us. Tuesday Shannon is an AHRC Midlands4Cities-funded PhD candidate and WRAP tutor. A selection of her poems can be found in Take Three: Volume One (Soundswrite Press, 2019). Aly Stoneman recently completed an AHRC Midlands4Cities-funded PhD and was also a WRAP tutor, and she is the author of the pamphlet Lost Lands (Crystal Clear, 2011).

This event will be chaired by NTU’s Dr Rory Waterman, who is the author of the book Wendy Cope (Liverpool University Press, 2021).

Seating: Unallocated, available on a first come, first served basis. Please note that many of the seats in the Balcony have a restricted view of the stage.

Wheelchair spaces: We have six wheelchair spaces available in University Hall – please select this ticket type at the time of booking.

Access: There is level access to enter University Hall on Shakespeare Villas, and a lift providing access to all levels of the hall. All stalls seats have level access, requiring no use of steps or slopes. All balcony seats are accessed by at least one step. There are six spaces for wheelchair users at the front of the stalls, all of which are side-facing to the stage. We have three accessible toilets on the lower ground, stalls and balcony levels.

This event is co-hosted by Curated & Created – Nottingham Trent University’s extra-curricular arts programme.


All the books mentioned are available from bookshop@fiveleaves.co.uk, from the shop, in person or by post, and on our bookstall on the night

Thursday, 4th November
7:00 pm - 7:45 pm
The Babel Message, with Keith Kahn-Harris, an online event
Come and celebrate the launch of Keith Kahn-Harris’s The Babel Message: A Love Letter to Language with an online event, hosted by Five Leaves Bookshop.
At the launch we will hear from some of Keith’s translators as reveal to us what the Message sounds like in languages both rare and common. Keith will also tell us how he created his own language for the book and will even teach us some of it.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a Kinder Egg to the launch, which we will open together in lieu of a toast!
The event is free but needs to be booked in advance. The book can be pre-ordered via the booking form to be delivered in time for the event. Book your ticket via Eventbrite

‘Quite simply, and quite ridiculously, one of the funniest and most illuminating books I have ever read. I thought I was obsessive, but Keith Kahn-Harris is playing a very different sport. He really has discovered the whole world in an egg.’ Simon Garfield

A thrilling journey deep into the heart of language, from a rather unexpected starting point.

Keith Kahn-Harris is a man obsessed with something seemingly trivial – the warning message found inside Kinder Surprise eggs: WARNING, read and keep: Toy not suitable for children under 3 years. Small parts might be swallowed or inhaled.

On a tiny sheet of paper, this message is translated into dozens of languages – the world boiled down to a multilingual essence. Inspired by this, the author asks: what makes ‘a language’? With the help of the international community of language geeks, he shows us what the message looks like in Ancient Sumerian, Zulu, Cornish, Klingon – and many more. Along the way he considers why Hungarian writing looks angry, how to make up your own language, and the meaning of the heavy metal umlaut.

Overturning the Babel myth, he argues that the messy diversity of language shouldn’t be a source of conflict, but of collective wonder. This is a book about hope, a love letter to language.

Book your ticket via Eventbrite

‘This is a wonderful book. A treasure trove of mind-expanding insights into language and humanity encased in a deliciously quirky, quixotic quest. I loved it. Warning: this will keep you reading.’ – Ann Morgan, author of Reading the World: Confessions of a Literary Explorer

Keith Kahn-Harris has appeared on other Five Leaves platforms, but none like this. As well as this obsession he has written academic texts on heavy metal and on controversies in the Jewish community. In March 2022 a book of essays and photographs appears from Five Leaves called What Does a Jew Look Like?

Wednesday, 10th November
7:15 pm - 9:15 pm
Robin Ince - The Importance of Being Interested, a live event SOLD OUT

The Importance of Being Interested – Adventures in Scientific Curiosity 

Comedian Robin Ince quickly abandoned science at school, bored by a fog of dull lessons and intimidated by the barrage of equations. But, twenty years later, he fell in love and he now presents one of the world’s most popular science podcasts. Every year he meets hundreds of the world’s greatest thinkers.


In this talk Robin reveals why scientific wonder isn’t just for the professionals. Filled with references to astronauts, comedians, teachers, quantum physicists, neuroscientists and more – as well as charting Robin’s own journey with science – he explores why many wrongly think of the discipline as distant and difficult. From the glorious appeal of the stars above to why scientific curiosity can encourage much needed intellectual humility, this optimistic talk will leave you filled with a thirst for intellectual adventure. There is of course a book involved…


Note – different venue to normal, different times, different booking system! This event will sell out quickly as we have only 70 tickets! Admission £3.00. Bar available

7.15 doors, on stage 8.00. This event will be at Peggy’s Skylight and be part of Robin’s 100 Bookshop Tour… click on the red letters below for more information on the venue and to book!

Robin Ince’s 100 Bookshops Tour

Thursday, 11th November
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Five Leaves Publishing live book launch - Curious Crouch End

You are invited to the book launch of the latest in our series of Curious London books – Curious Crouch End, by Andrew Whitehead.

Andrew will give a talk about what makes Crouch End so curious, including a (possibly) true story about Bob Dylan, a true story about the Kinks, an unfortunately true story about a relative of Adolf Hitler… and a pioneering women’s football team, not forgetting Crouch End’s own Cathedral. Like the others in the Curious series (King’s Cross, Camden Town, Kentish Town), all human life is here.

Refreshments provided.

Hornsey Library, Haringey Park, Crouch End N89JA

It’s free but please register by email to awkashmir@gmail.com


Monday, 15th November
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
A Salt publishing joint online launch with Alison Moore and Venetia Welby

Alison Moore is well-known around these parts, not least for her first novel, The Lighthouse, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.



Venetia Welby has just returned to Nottingham after living away.  Like Alison, she writes short fiction as well as novels.



Tonight we host a  free online joint launch for Alison’s new novel The Retreat and Venetia’s new dystopian novel Dreamtime.

Both authors are publishing by the independent fiction publisher, Salt. They will be presenting their own books then be in conversation with each other, and the audience.

Both authors have addressed scary issues in their fiction, one of the themes of the discussion!

Please book via the Eventbrite link


Copies of the authors’ novels can be ordered at the same time, should you wish them, and are post free.

About The Retreat:   Since childhood, Sandra Peters has been fascinated by the small, private island of Lieloh, home to the reclusive silent-film star Valerie Swanson. Having dreamed of going to art college, Sandra is now in her forties and working as a receptionist, but she still harbours artistic ambitions. When she sees an advert for a two-week artists’ retreat on Lieloh, Sandra sets out on what might be a life-changing journey.

About Dreamtime: ‘So, where is he then, your dad?’ The world may be on a precipice but Sol, fresh from  rehab, finally has an answer to the question that has long dogged her. With aviation grinding to a halt in the face of global climate meltdown, this is the last chance to connect with her absentee father and to mend their broken past. She must journey to the furthest reaches of the Japanese archipelago, a place where sea, sky and earth converge at the forefront of  encroaching geopolitical catastrophe.


Monday, 22nd November
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Black British Lives Matter, with Marcus Ryder and Derek Bardowell - online event

In response to the international outcry at George Floyd’s death, Lenny Henry and Marcus Ryder commissioned this collection of essays to discuss how and why we need to fight for Black lives to matter – not just for Black people but for society as a whole.

Recognising Black British experience within the Black Lives Matter movement, seventeen prominent Black figures explain why Black lives should be celebrated when too often they are undervalued. Drawing from personal experience, they stress how Black British people have unique perspectives and experiences that enrich British society and the world; how Black lives are far more interesting and important than the forces that try to limit it.

In this free online launch event, Marcus Ryder is joined by contributor Derek Bardowell to discuss issues raised in this wide-ranging and urgent anthology which highlights the vital benefits that Black Britons bring to society and the crucial importance of eradicating systemic racism.

Black British Lives Matter is published on November 18th, you can pre-order your copy from Five Leaves Bookshop when you register for this event.

Free, register via Eventbrite

‘We achieve everything not because we are superhuman. We achieve the things we achieve because we are human. Our strength does not come from not having any weaknesses, our strength comes from overcoming them’ – Doreen Lawrence

‘I always presumed racism would always be here, that it was a given. But the truth is, it was not always here, it was invented.’ – David Olusoga

‘Our identity and experience will shape every story, bleed into every poem, inform every essay whether it’s about Black ‘issues’ or not’ – Kit de Waal

Derek A. Bardowell is a writer and charity leader.  He has contributed to the BBC, The Weeklings and MTV, and directed programmes for the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Foundation Trust and Laureus Sport for Good.

Marcus Ryder has over 25 years of experience working in television and journalism, and is a leader on the issue of diversity in the media. He was previously the Chair of the Royal Television Society’s Diversity Committee, and was the head of BBC Scotland Current Affairs for nearly a decade. He is the recipient of a number awards for his work, including multiple BAFTA Awards.