Events

Date/Time Event
Tuesday, 23rd October
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Rod Madocks and John Lucas

Rod Madocks specialises in writing on the difficult world of mental health and social work, having great sympathy for life’s casualties. Tonight he will be reading from Our Tan: memoir of a destroyed life, a lament for the loss of a young woman and a savage critique of the institutions that failed her.

Our Tan: Memoir of a Destroyed Life

Tania Blair was a young mother of two boys leading an unremarkable life in County Durham until social services took a hand. Once a front-line social worker himself, Rod Madocks uses his own experience to explore the faulty rationale and inept practices of child protection teams. This memoir casts an unforgiving eye on health and social care agencies in general and on the fate of the English working class as they are tipped down the maw of a globalised future. Our Tan is a book that had to be written because no other avenues of help were left.

A transgressive writer, Rod Madocks is the author of two novels and a collection of short stories exploring themes of crime, guilt and loss. He has also published a memoir on the WW2 poet Sidney Keyes. His work has been shortlisted for a Crime Writing Association Dagger Award. He had a twenty year career working in maximum security psychiatric units and mental health teams before becoming a full time writer.

John Lucas, Rod Madocks’ editor at Shoestring Press has had a long career as a poet and critic and a late-flowering career as a writer of fiction. His books also include a short history of whistling, published by Five Leaves.  John follows his four novels with a collection of short fiction, launched tonight,  The Hotel of Dreams and other stories.

Free, refreshments included. Please let us know you are coming on events@fiveleaves.co.uk

 

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 25th October
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Time and Tide, with Catherine Clay

This talk reconstructs the first two decades of the twentieth century feminist magazine Time and Tide and explores the periodical’s significance for an interwar generation of British women writers and readers. Unique in establishing itself as the only female-run ‘journal of opinion’ in what press historians describe as the golden age of the weekly review, Time and Tide both challenged persistent prejudices against women’s participation in public life, and played an instrumental role in redefining women’s gender roles and identities. Drawing on extensive new archival research Catherine offers insights into the history and workings of this periodical that no one has dealt with to date, and makes a major contribution to the history of women’s writing and feminism in Britain between the wars.

Contributors to Time and Tide included  D. H. LawrenceVera BrittainWinifred HoltbyVirginia WoolfCrystal EastmanCharlotte HaldaneStorm JamesonNancy Astor , Eleanor RathboneMargaret WintringhamRebecca WestElizabeth RobinsRose MacaulayMary  Agnes HamiltonNaomi MitchisonHelena SwanwickEllen WilkinsonEthel SmythEmma GoldmanGeorge Bernard ShawErnst TollerRobert Graves and George Orwell.

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Dr Clay is Course Leader for the MRes in English Literary Research postgraduate degree programme at Nottingham Trent Univerity. She also teaches across the undergraduate curriculum, including on Gender and Sexuality.

Admission: £3, including refreshments, redeemable against any purchase

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Monday, 29th October
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Five Leaves open book group discusses Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham

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This event is a book group discussion – Chris Packham will not be present! Five Leaves Book Group is open, you can attend one meeting or all, there is no commitment other than to have read the book in advance and be ready to discuss it.

We don’t mind where you obtain the book, but we do offer a 15% discount in the lead up to the event.

Every minute was magical, every single thing it did was fascinating and everything it didn’t do was equally wondrous, and to be sat there, with a Kestrel, a real live Kestrel, my own real live Kestrel on my wrist! I felt like I’d climbed through a hole in heaven’s fence.

An introverted, unusual young boy, isolated by his obsessions and a loner at school, Chris Packham only felt at ease in the fields and woods around his suburban home.

But when he stole a young Kestrel from its nest, he was about to embark on a friendship that would teach him what it meant to love, and that would change him forever.

In his emotionally exposing memoir, Chris brings to life his childhood in the 70s, from his bedroom bursting with fox skulls, birds’ eggs and sweaty jam jars, to his feral adventures. But pervading his story is the search for freedom, meaning and acceptance in a world that didn’t understand him.

Recent television programmes and a World Service radio programme included Chris Packham talking about his autism, a subject we return to at Five Leaves steadily in various formats.

Free, refreshments included. Please let us know you are coming on events@fiveleaves.co.uk

 

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 31st October
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
An Irish Halloween

Halloween (Samhain) has been claimed for an Irish invention, exported to America and returned to these islands in a different form! It was a trace of Ireland’s pagan past. Deirdre O’Byrne will be exploring Irish traditions around Halloween with a retelling of myths and legends, and readings from Irish novels where Halloween works its way in. And we’ll have some Barm Brack, Irish Halloween bread.

In association with Nottingham Irish Studies Group

Tickets: £3, half price if you are in fancy dress… Refreshments included

Let us know you are coming on events@fiveleaves.co.uk

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Friday, 2nd November
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Rhiannon Scutt: an acoustic evening - sorry, this event is cancelled

Rhiannon ScuttFollowing on from our packed house with Grace Petrie last Christmas, we welcome singer songwriter Rhiannon Scutt for an acoustic session at Five Leaves. ‘One of the most compelling UK artists right now, Rhiannon Scutt brings a whole new meaning to the word watchable. Armed only with an acoustic guitar, she is capable of silencing an audience the moment she utters the first line.’ Inspired by Ani DiFranco, Joan Armatrading & Big Thief.   You can see her here:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEz0fTQmYkE

Entry £10 in advance.  To book a place, simply email us at  fiveleaves.bookshopevents@gmail.com  and we will contact you for payment.

 

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Tuesday, 6th November
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Keeping it short, with Tania Hershman, Susan Barsby others

Unthank Books published Tania’s third short story collection, Some Of Us Glow More Than Others in May.  You can hear her read some of her stories on soundcloud.com/taniahershman.

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Tania is the founder of ShortStops, a website designed to whip up excitement about short fiction and was founder of The Short Review. She is a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow and co-author of Writing Short Stories: a Writers & Artists Companion. Before writing fiction (and poetry) full time she was a science journalist and a number of her short stories and residencies draw on her scientific background.

As well as reading some of her short fiction, Tania will lead a discussion about writing short fiction.

She will be joined by three Nottingham writers reading their own short fiction, including Susan Barsby whose work has appeared in various magazines and zines and, recently, in 24 Stories of Hope (for survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire).

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Tickets: £4 including refreshments. Please let us know you are coming on events@fiveleaves.co.uk.

 

 

 

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 8th November
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
An evening with Michael Rosen

Michael Rosen is best-known for his children’s books, but came here a year or two back to talk about Emile Zola.

Tonight he will be talking about his own early years – growing up in a Jewish Communist family in London. He’ll be reading from his memoir So They Call You Pisher!Image result for michael rosen

 

Michael recalls the first twenty-three years of his life. Born in the North London suburbs, his parents, Harold and Connie, both teachers, first met as teenage Communists in the 1930s Jewish East End. The family home was filled with stories of relatives in London, the United States and France and of those who had disappeared in Europe. Unlike the children around them, Rosen and his brother Brian grew up dreaming of a socialist revolution. Party meetings were held in the front room, summers were for communist camping holidays, till it all changed after a trip to East Germany, when in 1957 his parents decided to leave “the Party.” Michael followed his own journey of radical self-discovery: running away to march against the bomb at Aldermaston, writing and performing in experimental political theatre and getting arrested during the 1968 movement.

He will also be discussing his Workers’ Tales - his research into published socialist fairytales of the 19th and 20th century in Britain Reading and Rebellion, radical writing for children in the first half of the twentieth century. Productive, that Michael Rosen!

This event is for adults really.

Tickets: £5 (£4 concessions) from Five Leaves Bookshop – please buy in advance

Venue: Nottingham Mechanics Institute, Nottingham
Tuesday, 13th November
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Now You See Me: Lesbian Life Stories with Jane Traies BOOKING UP FAST

 

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Now You See Me is a collection of powerful personal accounts which bring to light previously undocumented lesbian lives. Jane Traies has been recording the life histories of older women who identify as lesbian for nearly a decade and the narratives in Now You See Me are drawn from this archive of ‘hidden histories’. The stories are told in the women’s own words and vividly recreate a time when being lesbian meant either hiding your true identity or paying the price for breaking society’s rules. The personal is still political in this moving and inspiring book.

‘A pure delight from beginning to end, it tells the stories that we always knew were there but have seldom seen in print. And we have never seen them told quite so beautifully or so honestly. The care and respect that Jane Traies has for her contributors shines through in her insightful editing and the poignant commentary she offers between the stories. This book is an absolute gem.’ – Clare Summerskill

Jane Traies is the author of The Lives of Older Lesbians (Palgrave Macmillan 2016) and a number of other publications in the field of ageing and sexuality. As Jay Taverner, she was also joint author of the lesbian historical novels Rebellion, Hearts and Minds and Something Wicked.

Jane Traies

Entry £3.00, including refreshments. Please let us know you are coming  by emailing us at events@fiveleaves.co.uk

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 14th November
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Stopping Places: a journey through Gypsy Britain, with Damien Le Bas

Damien Le Bas is a rarity – though this is changing – a Romany Traveller who rode and drove ponies, tractors and trucks, who could rocker Romanes (speak Romany) yet went on to study at Christ’s Hospital and Oxford University. From 2011 to 2015 he was the editor of Travellers’ Times,  Britain’s only national magazine for all the Traveller communities.

In The Stopping Places (recently heard on BBC Radio 4) he travels the all over Britain visiting the atchin tans, places were Travelling people used to and sometimes still stop or congregate, from well-known Festivals to Gypsy churches, to semi-secret lanes and commons.

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Picture from Appleby Horse Fair

The Traveller worlds are little known and seldom understood by outsiders, yet their numbers include the singer David Essex, the footballer Wayne Rooney, the showjumper Phoebe Buckley, the actor Bob Hoskins… This talk, however, is not about Romany celebs, but about the Traveller world of the past and present.

Venue: in the Bookshop

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Friday, 16th November
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Trans Like Me, with CN Lester FULLY BOOKED, WAITING LIST ONLY

An agenda-setting, emotionally engaging book on transgender identity.

What does it mean to be transgender? How do we discuss the subject? In this talk, CN Lester, academic and activist, takes us on a journey through some of the most pressing issues concerning the trans debate: from pronouns to Caitlyn Jenner; from feminist and LGBTQ activists, to the rise in referrals for gender variant children – all by way of insightful and moving passages about the author’s own experience. Trans Like Me shows us how to strive for authenticity in a world which often seeks to limit us by way of labels.

‘This personal, powerful and yet humble human testimony makes a vital contribution to a debate that has too often contained more heat than light. I challenge anyone not to have both heart and mind a little more open after reading this book.’ Shami Chakrabarti

Admission: £3, including refreshments. Booking essential through events@fiveleaves.co.uk

In association with Trans Lives East Midlands Project

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Saturday, 17th November
10:30 am - 5:00 pm
The Second Nottingham Radical Bookfair, and lots of supporting events on the same day!

Nottingham’s second radical bookfair, organised by Five Leaves Bookshop, featuring stalls by national and local publishers, second-hand booksellers and a full supporting programme throughout the day.

Free, with free events. No need to book.

We are grateful for financial support from UNITE (East Midlands region, NG58 branch) towards travel costs for speakers

Speakers/events include:

11.00-12.00

“Diversity in children’s picture books”, with Troy Jenkinson (author of The Best Mummy Snails in the Whole Wide World, an LGBT children’s book) and Latina illustrator Erika Meza

It’s the work, the work, the working life… and how do we organise to make things better? Build the old unions, or create new? The recent long university strike and the success of independent unions in “organising the unorganisable” show what might be possible. Join the discussion with Alan Tuckman (author of Kettling the Unions)

12.15-1.15

Iain McKay on “Modern Science and Anarchy” – the life and work of Peter Kropotkin, prince, anarchist, geographer, whose funeral was the last public anarchist demonstration in Russia under the Bolsheviks

Familiar Stranger: a life between two islands, a memoir by Bill Schwartz and the late Stuart Hall, the Jamaican-born cultural theorist, political activist of the New Left, and sociologist

1.30-2.30

Amrit Wilson on Finding a Voice: Asian women in Britain to mark the new edition of this landmark book

Owen Hatherley on his adventures travelling around eleven countries of the former Soviet Union - “Daffodils for Wordsworth. Deprivation for Larkin. A trashed tower block surrounded by a toxic landscape pocked with rust-pitted Ladas in a forgotten oblast 2,000 miles from Moscow for Hatherley.” – Jonathan Meades

2.45-3.45

Singing for Our Lives: Stories from the Street Choirs centres on more than 40 oral histories gathered from members of the UK’s many street choirs, supported by Nottingham Clarion Choir

The Fire Now: anti-racist scholarship in times of explicit racial violence, with Remi Joseph-Salisbury and Azeezat Johnson (editors) and Viji Kuppan (contributor)

4.00-5.00

Paul Hegarty gives a sound-illustrated talk on  Peter Gabriel, singer-songwriter, record producer and activist

Assembly Lines - poetry of the workplace by Jane Commane and Neil Fulwood. Jane runs Nine Arches Press, a poetry specialist press, and her own latest collection is from Bloodaxe. Neil is the author of No Avoiding It, a Nottingham geography of work and class

 

Stalls from Five Leaves Bookshop, Asylum Magazine (for democratic psychiatry), Radical Routes, Spokesman Books, Ex-Libris (second hand), Northern Herald (second hand), Sparrow’s Nest Archive,  Nottingham People’s Histreh, Jermy and Westerman (second hand), children’s area, Active Distribution, PM Press, AK Press, Nottingham Women’s Centre Library, Morning Star,  Verso, Pluto, Lawrence & Wishart and others

Cafe and bar on site

Full wheelchair access to rooms and facilities

Leaflets/papers. There will be a table for free leaflets and giveaways. We ask people from campaign and other groups to use this space and we don’t want people selling papers inside the events or main hall.  Thanks

The Nottingham Radical Bookfair and related events comprise a private booking. We follow Five Leaves usual policy of open access and free debate across our community but we don’t expect or want to hear or see anything expressing racist or homophobic sentiments or expressing hostility to transgender people or women!

Venue: Nottingham Mechanics Institute, Nottingham
Monday, 19th November
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Poetry from Matvei Yankelevitch and others

A Nottingham Poetry Exchange event

In 1993, Matvei Yankelevich began publishing the Ugly Duckling zine, which transformed, in the late 1990s, into Ugly Duckling Presse. At UDP, Matvei curates the Eastern European Poets Series . He also co-edited the Emergency Gazette (1998-2002) and 6×6 magazine from 2000-2017.

Matvei is the author of Some Worlds for Dr. Vogt (Black Square), the poetry collection Alpha Donut (United Artists), the novella-in-fragments Boris by the Sea (Octopus), and several chapbooks. His writing has appeared in many little magazines and the event will include some discussion on the US little magazine scene.

He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (for translation) and the New York Foundation for the Arts (for poetry).

His translations of Daniil Kharms were collected in Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms(Ardis/Overlook) and received praise from the TLS, the Guardian, the New York Times, and elsewhere. His co-translation (with Eugene Ostashevsky) of Alexander Vvedensky’s An Invitation for Me to Think (NYRB) received the National Translation Award in 2014.

His critical writing includes essays on Conceptual Poetry (LA Review of Books) and on Russian-American poetry (Octopus). He edited a portfolio of Contemporary Russian Poetry and Poetics for the magazine Aufgabe (No. 8, Fall 2009).

Matvei teaches for the Columbia University’s School of the Arts and lives in Brooklyn

 

Full programme to be announced

(Matvei Yankelevitch’s reading was announced last year but had to be postponed because of the University and College Union strike as he is lecturing locally while visiting)

Admission: £3 including refreshments. Please let us know you are coming on events@fiveleaves.co.uk

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 21st November
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Back to Black, retelling Black radicalism for the 21st century, with Kehinde Andrews
Back to Black traces the long and eminent history of Black radical politics. Born out of resistance to slavery and colonialism, its rich past encompasses figures such as Marcus Garvey, Angela Davis, the Black Panthers and the Black Lives Matter activists of today. At its core it argues that racism is inexorably embedded in the fabric of society, and that it can never be overcome unless by enacting change outside of this suffocating system. Yet this Black radical tradition has been diluted and moderated over time; wilfully misrepresented and caricatured by others; divested of its legacy, potency, inclusivity and force for global change.

Kehinde Andrews explores the true roots of this tradition, and connects the dots to today’s struggles by showing what a renewed politics of Black radicalism might look like in the 21st century.

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Kehinde Andrews is one of the leading Black political voices in Britain. He is associate professor in sociology at Birmingham City University, a regular writer of opinion pieces for the GuardianIndependent and Ebony magazine, and editor of the series ‘Blackness in Britain’. He was part of the team that launched the first Black Studies degree in Europe, and is Co-chair of the Black Studies Association.

Admission: £3, including refreshments. Please let us know you are coming on events@fiveleaves.co.uk

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 22nd November
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Five Leaves Open Book Group discusses The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen

Five Leaves’ book group is open to all. You are free to attend one meeting per lifetime, every meeting or all stops in between. All we ask is that you read the book in advance. You don’t have to get it from us, library users are welcome, but we offer 15% off book club books in the lead up to the event. The author will not be present!

Nobody can leave an island. An island is a cosmos in a nutshell, where the stars slumber in the grass beneath the snow. But occasionally someone tries . . .

At the start of the twentieth century Ingrid Barrøy is born on an island that bears her name – a holdfast for a single family, their livestock, their crops, their hopes and dreams. Her father dreams of building a quay that will connect them to the mainland, but closer ties to the wider world come at a price. Her mother has her own dreams – more children, a smaller island, a different life – and there is one question Ingrid must never ask her.

Island life is hard, a living scratched from the dirt or trawled from the sea, so when Ingrid comes of age, she is sent to the mainland to work for one of the wealthy families on the coast. But Norway too is waking up to a wider world, a modern world that is capricious and can be cruel. Tragedy strikes, and Ingrid must fight to protect the home she thought she had left behind.

The Follower was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize and is translated from Norwegian.

Five Leaves book group is free to attend and refreshments are provided. Please let us know you are coming on events@fiveleaves.co.uk

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Monday, 26th November
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
A radical history of the world (in 45 minutes), with Neil Faulkner POSTPONED UNTIL FEBRUARY

Sorry – for personal reasons Neil has had to postpone this – watch out for a new date in February

This is a history of hominids, hunters and herders; of emperors and slaves; of patriarchs and women; of rich and poor; of dictators and revolutionaries. From the ancient empires of Persia and Rome to the Russian Revolution, the Vietnam War, and the 2008 Crash, this is a history of greed and violence, but also of solidarity and resistance.

Many times in the past, a different society became an absolute necessity. Humans have always struggled to create a better life. This history proves that we, the many, have the power to change the world.

Neil Faulkner is a historian and archaeologist. He is the author of numerous books, including A Radical History of the World (Pluto, 2018), A People’s History of the Russian Revolution (Pluto, 2017) and Lawrence of Arabia’s War (Yale, 2016). This will be Neil’s third talk at the bookshop. There will be plenty time for discussion.

Admission: £3, including refreshments. Please let us know you are coming on events@fiveleaves.co.uk

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Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Tuesday, 27th November
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Nottingham Poetry Society reading, with Cathy Grindrod and Jan Norton

A Nottingham Poetry Society event, with readers Cathy Grindrod and Jan Norton

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Admission: £4 (£1 to members of NPS)

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 28th November
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Library of Ice, readings from a cold climate, with Nancy Campbell

Nancy Campbell combines memoir, scientific and cultural history with a bewitching account of landscape and place, which will appeal to readers of Robert Macfarlane, Roger Deakin and Olivia Laing. 

Artists residence Upernavik_Low Res_Image Credit_Nancy Campbell 2012Nancy Campbell reads from her latest book which combines memoir, scientific and cultural history with a bewitching account of landscape and place. As Writer in Residence at the world’s northernmost museum – at Upernavik in Greenland – during the dark weeks of midwinter Campbell was able to experience first-hand the changing life of Arctic coastal communities. Captivated by the solid yet impermanent nature of ice, by its stark, rugged beauty, she then set out to explore it in all its facets. From the Bodleian Library archives to the traces left by polar expeditions, from the first Greenlandic libraries to the curling rinks of Kinross, her new book examines the impact of ice on our lives at a time when it is itself under threat from climate change.

Carol Rowntree Jones will introduce, chair and be in discussion with Nancy

The Library of Ice is a beautifully rendered evocation of the interplay of people and their environment on a fragile planet, and of a writer’s quest to define the value of books in a changing world.

Nancy is a poet, essayist and art critic who read here in 2014 – then with early poems, some in Greenlandic, which were published in her debut collection Disko Bay (shortlisted for the Forward Prize 2016). Her reading was memorable.

 

Admission: £4, including refreshments. Please let us know you are coming on events@fiveleaves.co.uk.

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Tuesday, 4th December
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Republic of Motherhood: poetry from Liz Berry and Ann Gray BOOKING FAST...

I crossed the border into the Republic of Motherhood                                                                              and found it a queendom, a wild queendom

Liz Berry will be reading from her new collection The Republic of Motherhood or, rather, singing the body electric, from the joy and anguish of becoming a new mother to the darkest hours and brightest days. She will also be reprising her earlier collection Black Country.

This pamphlet length work was this year’s Winner of the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem

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Liz is one of the best readers of poetry in the Midlands

Liz will be joined by Ann Gray, winner of the Smith/Doorstep pamphlet competition for I Wish I Had More Mothers.

Would having more mothers make the loss of one less painful?  Following her mother on her dementia journey, Ann Gray shows us that in the chaos there can also be tenderness, humour and love.

Admission: £3 including refreshments. Please let us know you are coming on events@fiveleaves.co.uk

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 6th December
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Vinyl Revival, the shops and the people that made it happen, with Graham Jones

                                                                                        Graham Jones works for Proper Music. His first book, The Last Shop Standing, chronicled the decline of the record shop and celebrated our own Selectadisc and Arcade Records. He’s back with the story of vinyl, that scratchable, oversized and unlikely commodity which is back in fashion big time.

He explains why we have more than a hundred more record shops than we had in 2009, and how others have gained the reward from their hard work. Budget turntables, manufacturers, supermarkets, chain stores, clothes shops, pressing plants and even the government are amongst the many who have benefited from their efforts. Graham Jones has spent 32 years travelling the UK selling to independent record shops and visited more record shops than any other human. This sound-illustrated talk guides you round the record shops of the UK who sell new vinyl. He has gathered some fascinating and funny anecdotes told him by much-loved record shop staff so that when you visit you will feel like you already know the characters behind the counters.

£4 admission, including refreshments. £3 to anyone carrying a piece of vinyl music. £2 if you have a rarity to show off! Let us know you are coming on events@fiveleaves.co.uk

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Monday, 10th December
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Catalonia Reborn: How Catalonia Took On the Corrupt Spanish State and the Legacy of Franco, with Chris Bambery

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2017 saw Catalonia come under the world’s spotlight as it again fought for independence and the preservation and protection of its unique Catalan culture. Answering the questions and complications behind the fight for Catalonian Independence, this talk is a guide to the region’s political, historical and cultural issues. For the lay person as well as the expert, it takes the reader through the rich history of Catalonia – its language, culture and political background – to the present day, covering defining eras of the region from Franco’s dictatorship to the 2017 independence referendum and elections.

Chris will also look at what could happen now, in Catalonia and in Spain, following the impasse between the two countries.

Chris Bambery wrote Catalonia Reborn with George Kerevan. His People’s History of Scotland has just been republished in a revised edition.

Admission: £3 including refreshments. Please let us know you are coming on events@fiveleaves.co.uk.

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
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