Date/Time Event
Monday, 16th July
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Europe's Fault Line: racism and the rise of the right, with Liz Fekete
It is clear that the right is on the rise, but after Brexit, the election of Donald Trump and the spike in popularity of extreme-right parties across Europe, the question on everyone’s minds is: how did this happen?

An expansive investigation of the ways in which a newly configured right interconnects with anti-democratic and illiberal forces at the level of the state, Europe’s Fault Lines provides much-needed answers, revealing some uncomfortable truths.
Old racisms may be structured deep in European thought, but they have been revitalised and spun in new ways: the war on terror, the cultural revolution from the right, and the migration-linked demonisation of the destitute “scrounger.”

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Liz Fekete is Director of the Institute of Race Relations, where she has worked for over thirty years. She heads its European Research Programme and is advisory editor to its journal Race & Class. She is also the author of A Suitable Enemy: racism, migration and Islamophobia in Europe.

“Racism, for Liz Fekete, is the breading ground of fascism, and her struggle to combat both – on the ground and in her writings – has earned her the reputation of being an intrepid organiser, an inspirational speaker and an organic intellectual.”  A. Sivanandan

This talk forms part of “Remembering Srebrenica”, as Liz Fekete looks at the roots of racism and genocide
Entry £3.00, including refreshments. Please let us know you are coming  by emailing us at
Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 19th July
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Autism in the Workplace, with Janine Booth
Neurodiversity in the workplace can be a gift. Yet only 15% of adults with an autism spectrum condition (ASC) are in full-time employment. This talk examines how the working environment can embrace autistic people in a positive way.
Janine Booth highlights common challenges in the workplace for people with ASC, such as discrimination and lack of communication or the right kind of support from managers and colleagues, and provides strategies for changing them. Setting out practical, reasonable adjustments such as a quiet room or avoiding disruption to work schedules, this talk demonstrates how day to day changes in the workplace can make it more inclusive and productive for all employees.Autism Equality in the Workplace

Autism in the Workplace is intended for any person with an interest in changing working culture to ensure equality for autistic people.The talk is suitable for employers, managers, trade unionists, people with ASCs and their workmates and supporters.

Janine Booth is active in the RMT trade union, having previously represented its London Transport members on the union’s National Executive. She is Chair of the union’s Disabled Members’ Advisory Committee and co-Chair of the TUC Disabled Workers’ Committee,

As part of her disability campaigning, she particularly work on the issue of autism, including running training and giving presentations to trade unionists about autism in the workplace. She is the author of Autism Equality in the Workplace: removing barriers and challenging discrimination.

£3.00, including refreshments. Booking essential on as our previous event on autism was oversubscribed
Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 25th July
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Five Leaves Book Group: Istanbul by Orhan Pamuk

IstanbulIstanbul: Memories of a city is a shimmering evocation, by turns intimate and panoramic, of one of the world’s great cities, by its foremost writer. Orhan Pamuk, winner of the Nobel Prize in 2006, was born in Istanbul, in the family apartment building where his mother first held him in her arms. His portrait of his city is thus also a self-portrait, refracted by memory and the melancholy that all Istanbullus share: the sadness that comes of living amid the ruins of a lost Ottoman Empire.

Five Leaves Book Group is open. It usually meets on the last week of each month, discussing fiction and non-fiction. We’re happy that people come once in a while, we’re happy if people turn up every time. As long as they have read the book. We don’t mind where people source their books but in the lead up to meetings we offer 15% discount on book group books, whether people are planning to come or not!

Free, refreshments provided.

To book a place, simply email us at

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Saturday, 15th September - Friday, 21st September
All Day
Nottingham Peace Week

Nottingham CND is co-ordinating a Peace Week, in the mould of the Quaker Peace Week of three or four years ago ie asking sympathetic groups to organise their own events within the overall ethose. We’ll be doing… something.

Thursday, 11th October
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Leafe Press, poetry in the fall

Leafe Press was launched at a reading in Nottingham in April 2000, and has published a wide range of poetry, though our main interest at present is in innovative or experimental poetry.

Tonight’s reading comprises new and old work from Frances Presley, Martin Stannard and Andrew Taylor.

As well as pamphlets and books, Leafe publishes the online magazine Litter  (


£3, including refreshments. Please let us know you are coming by emailing us at

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Tuesday, 13th November
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Now You See Me: Lesbian Life Stories with Jane Traies


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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.

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Entry £3.00, including refreshments. Please let us know you are coming  by emailing us at

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Saturday, 17th November
11:00 am - 4:30 pm
The Second Nottingham Radical Bookfair

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.

Full details of exhibitors and events to follow

Part of our annual Bread and Roses week

Cafe on site

Venue: Nottingham Mechanics Institute, Nottingham
Saturday, 23rd March
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Tenth States of Independence

States of Independence is a book festival in a day, attended by several hundred people, featuring around 25 stalls and 25 events, organised by Five Leaves and the Creative Writing Team at De Montfort University.

All events are free and unticketed. There are usually readings, book launches, industry panels – all from the world of independent presses, independent writing, independent thinking.

Come for an hour or come for all day.

We have a cafe on site and all the events are free.

Venue: Clepham Building, Leicester
Friday, 19th April - Sunday, 28th April
All Day
Nottingham Poetry Festival

Advance notice of Nottingham Poetry Festival. Readings by well known poets, poetry in pubs, poetry in performance. Bookfair.

Full programme to follow