Events

Date/Time Event
Friday, 20th April - Sunday, 29th April
All Day
Nottingham Poetry Festival 20-29 April

Simply advance warning of the dates! Various venues all over town. Guest readers/community events.

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Monday, 23rd April
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
A Party with Socialists In It, with Simon Hannah

For more than a hundred years, the British Labour Party has been the home of working-class organization and struggle. But has it ever truly been on the side of workers? Where do its interests really lie, and can it be relied on to provide a check on right-wing forces?
In A Party with Socialists in It, Simon Hannah addresses those questions and more, tellingparty socialistthe story of the Labour Party from its origins to today, showing how at every turn it has struggled with the tension between the rights and demands of workers and a more centrist position. As Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership attempts to revitalize the party after the initial success of the Blair years turned into disappointment and disenchantment, this clear-eyed history could not be more timely.

Simon Hannah is a writer and political activist. He is the co-author of Beyond Capitalism? The Future of Radical Politics (Zero Books). His work has been featured in Open Democracy and New Left Project, and he is an active member of Momentum and the Labour Party.

Tickets: £3.00, including refreshments. Please reserve your place at fiveleaves.bookshopevents@gmail.com

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Monday, 30th April
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Five Leaves Book Group: Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race, by Reni Eddo-Lodge

The title of what was originally a blog entry alone caused a sensation and went viral. The blog entry became a book, perhaps one of the most important books published in 2017. Eddo-Lodge offers a different framework for how to see, acknowledge and respond to racism.

Why I Am No Longer Talking to White People about Race is only in hardback at the time of this post but comes out in paperback on 8/3/18. As always – though you can source the books wherever you like – we offer 15% off book club books in the period leading up to the discussion (whether you come or not!).

Free, refreshments provided

Do let us know you are coming on fiveleaves.bookshopevents@gmail.commrACE

 

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 10th May
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
May Made Me: an oral history of the 68 uprising in France, with Mitchell Abidor

The mass protests that shook France in May 1968 were exciting, dangerous, creative and influential, changing European politics to this day. Students demonstrated, workers went on general strike, factories and universities were occupied. At the height of its fervour, it brought the entire national economy to a halt. The protests reached such a point that political leaders feared civil war or revolution.

Fifty years later, here are the eye-opening oral testimonies of those young rebels. By listening to the voices of students and workers, as opposed to that of their leaders, May ’68 appears not just as a mass event, but rather as an event driven by millions of individuals, achieving a mosaic human portrait of France at the time.

This book reveals the legacy of the uprising: how those explosive experiences changed both those who took part, and the course of history. May Made Me will record these moments before history moves on yet again.

Mitchell Abidor is a writer and translator living in Brooklyn, USA. Amongst his many works, he is the author of May Made Me (Pluto, 2018) and the translator of Jean Jaures’s A Socialist History of the French Revolution (Pluto, 2015

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Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 31st May
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Five Leaves Book Group: At the Existentialist Cafe, by Sarah Breakwell

… subtitled Freedom, Being & Apricot Cocktails… Paris, the early 30s. The three friends meeting over apricot cocktails on the rue Montparnasse are Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and their friend Raymond Aron. Out of the conversations comes existentialism, and this is the story of the people involved, their personal development and their philosophical development.

The book claims to make existentialism understandable. Will the book group agree?

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. But not apricot cocktails, sorry

Let us know you are coming on fiveleaves.bookshopevents@gmail.com
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Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Saturday, 2nd June
11:00 am - 4:30 pm
London Radical Bookfair

The biggest radical bookfair of the year, with a programme of talks.

Stalls from publishers and booksellers throughout the day.

Website and progamme to follow

Organised by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers

Venue: Goldsmiths’, London
Tuesday, 19th June
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tiger and Clay: Syria Fragments, with Rana Abdulfattah, Juan delGado and Anna Ball

An event for Refugee Week discussing Tiger and Clay, a collection of poetry and memoir by Rana Abdulfattah, a young Syrian woman writing in exile in Istanbul. In the collection, Rana charts the destructive effects of never being permitted to go home, and takes the reader on her emotional journey towards a measure of peace.

We hope to have Rana with us on Skype to read from the work and in discussion with Juan delGado from her publishing firm and Anna Ball from Nottingham Refugee Week.

Free, refreshments provided

Please let us know you are coming on fiveleaves.bookshopevents@gmail.com

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 27th June
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.

Let us know you are coming on fiveleaves.bookshopevents@gmail.com

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Saturday, 30th June
11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Lowdham Book Festival's Last Saturday

Five Leaves is pleased to again organise the last day of Lowdham Book Festival – this year being its nineteenth year.

16 events over the day, dozens of stalls from new and second-hand booksellers, book organisations and letterpress printers. Children’s programme. Cafe.

All events are free. Details to follow, but book the date.

The main festival is organised by The Bookcase of Lowdham

Venue: Lowdham Book Festival, Lowdham Nottinghamshire
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