Date/Time Event
Saturday, 11th November
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Parks, Council Estates & Essex! - a half-dayschool with Travis Elborough, Ian Waites and Gillian Darley
A Bread and Roses event
All three speakers move from national to local issues in this event discussing public space and the built environment.
Travis Elborough will be talking about parks, one of his recent books being A Walk in the Park: The Life and Times of a People’s Institution - places that have been fought over by land-grabbing monarchs, hippies and the common people trying to savour a democratic space for relaxation.
Ian Waites will be talking about social housing his most recent book is Middlefield: A Postwar Council Estate in Time
Gillian Darley has written about utopian communities in Villages of Vision, but here she will be talking about Essex, which is the most interesting of counties.
Tickets: £10 (on the day), £8 (early booking), £5 (students/concessions)
Please buy your ticket in advance from Five Leaves Bookshop, 0115 8373097
Mechanics Institute, North Sherwood Street, Nottingham NG14EZ
In association with the  East Midlands Twentieth Century Society


Venue: Nottingham Mechanics Institute, Nottingham
Tuesday, 14th November
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Going Down Slow, with John Harvey

A Bread and Roses event

Tonight we launch a limited edition collection of short stories by John Harvey, published by Five Leaves. Yes, there are some Resnick stories, yes there are some Frank Elder stories, yes there is a jazz element. And a fedora.

John Harvey is one of this country’s leading crime writers, many of his books being set in Nottingham including Darkness, Darkness which became a play at Nottingham Playhouse.
Free, refreshments provided


Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 15th November
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Patrick Barkham on these islands now

A Bread and Roses event

The British Isles are an archipelago made up of two large islands and 6,289 smaller ones. Some, like the Isle of Man, resemble miniature nations, with their own language and tax laws; others, like Ray Island in Essex, are abandoned and mysterious places. There are resurgent islands such as Eigg, which have been liberated from capricious owners to be run by their residents; holy islands like Bardsey, the resting place of 20,000 saints; and deserted islands such as St Kilda, famed for the evacuation of its human population, and now dominated by wild sheep and seabirds. Guardian writer Patrick Barkham explores some of the most beautiful landscapes in the British Isles as he travels to ever-smaller islands – places of freedom and imprisonment, party destinations and oases of peace, strangely suburban and deeply wild.

Tickets: £6 (£4 concessions)
Note: this event might be moved to bigger premises, so do book!


Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 16th November
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Out of the Wreckage - a new politics in an age of crisis, with George Monbiot

A Bread and Roses event in association with The Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice at the University of Nottingham.

A toxic ideology rules the world – of extreme competition and individualism. It misrepresents human nature, destroying hope and common purpose. Only a positive vision can replace it, a new story that re-engages people in politics and lights a path to a better world. George Monbiot shows how new findings in psychology, neuroscience and evolutionary biology cast human nature in a radically different light: as altruists and cooperators. He shows how we can build on these findings to create a `politics of belonging’. Both democracy and economic life can be radically reorganized from the bottom up, enabling us to take back control and overthrow the forces that have thwarted our ambitions for a better society. Monbiot provides the hope and clarity required to change the world.

Note the earlier-than-normal time
Room A48, Clive Granger Building, University of Nottingham
CSSGJ logo
Venue: Clive Granger Building, University of Nottingham, Nottingham
Friday, 17th November
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Shami Chakrabarti, Of Women in the 21st Century

A Bread and Roses event

Gender injustice is the greatest human rights abuse on the planet, says Shami Chakrabarti in her new book Of Women. She outlines what needs fixing and makes proposals about what to do next, putting gender justice and the centre of the progressive political agenda.

Shami will be in conversation with Rachel Holmes, author of Eleanor Marx.
Shami Chakrabarti is Labour’s Shadow Attorney General and former Director of Liberty, the National Council for Civil Liberties.
£6 (£5 concessions)
Advance booking essential.
Book via or in the shop.
Venue: Friends Meeting House, Nottingham Nottinghamshire
Tuesday, 21st November
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Rise, Fall, and Revival of the Modern Bookshop, with Prof Andrew Thacker, Nottingham Trent University

This talk particularly looks at the cultural life of bookshops, based on research funded by the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust.

Part of the national Being Human festival

Free, light refreshments included

Please book your place via


Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 22nd November
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Losing yourself in a book – the Boots Booklovers Library

Discussion led by Dr Nickianne Moody of Liverpool John Moores University and Sophie Clapp Head Archivist at Boots. The Boots library was the biggest chain of circulating libraries in this country, established in 1899 and running into the mid-1960s. In 1903 there were eight such libraries in Nottingham. This is their history.

Part of the national Being Human festival

Free, light refreshments included

Note earlier-than-usual time

Please book your place via

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Saturday, 25th November
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The Last London; true fictions from an unreal city, with Iain Sinclair

The-Last-LondonIain Sinclair makes a return visit to Five Leaves (though at Nottingham Mechanics!). Iain has been documenting the peculiar magic of the river-city that absorbs and obsesses him for most of his adult life. In The Last London, he strikes out on a series of solitary walks and collaborative expeditions to make a final reckoning with a capital stretched beyond recognition. Here is a mesmerising record of secret scholars and whispering ghosts. Of disturbing encounters. Night hospitals. Pits that become cameras. Mole Man labyrinths. And privileged swimming pools, up in clouds, patrolled by surveillance helicopters. Where now are the myths, the ultimate fictions of a many times revised city?

Travelling from the pinnacle of the Shard to the outer limits of the London Overground system at Croydon and Barking, from the Thames Estuary to the future ruins of Olympicopolis, Sinclair reflects on where London begins and where it ends. A memoir, a critique, a love letter, The Last London is a delirious conclusion to a truly epic project.

Tickets: £6 (£5 concessions) from Five Leaves Bookshop
Advance purchase recommended
Nottingham Mechanics, North Sherwood Street, Nottingham NG1 4EZ


Venue: Nottingham Mechanics Institute, Nottingham
Monday, 27th November
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Five Leaves Book Group - Reservoir 13, by (and with) Jon McGregor
reservoir13Local writer Jon McGregor’s latest novel is set in Derbyshire and follows the life of a small village, year by year after the disappearance of a visiting teenager.
We’ll discuss the book for the first 45 minutes and then Jon will join us to continue the discussion. This isn’t a reading or performance by Jon, but a book group discussion without and with him!
We don’t mind where you get the book from (though we offer 15% off book group books), libraries, friends or other bookshops but we do ask you to read the book in advance.
Free, refreshments provided
Attendance at this event will be capped. It is essential you let us know you are coming on


Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 30th November
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Five Leaves folk night with Ewan McLennan
Ewan-McLennan-2016-ImageEwan McLennan is a troubadour, balladeer and storyteller cut in the old style, but one of the best guitarists of his generation. His songs are passionate and burning with a desire for social justice. He recently toured with George Monbiot on Breaking the Spell of Loneliness. Tonight he will be singing old and new songs, self-written and traditional.
‘A gorgeous, lilting voice. So moving.’ Mojo Magazine
More information on Ewan -
Yes, he’s Scottish, and yes this is St Andrew’s Day!
Entry: £10/£8
Advance purchase essential over the counter or via 0115 8373097


Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Monday, 4th December
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The American Civil Rights Movement revisited, with Richard King
Richard KingRichard H. King is professor emeritus of US intellectual history at the University of Nottingham, UK. He is the editor of Obama and Race: History, Culture, Politics, coeditor of Hannah Arendt and the Uses of History: Imperialism, Race, Nation, Genocide, and the author of Race, Culture and the Intellectuals, 1940-1970 and Arendt in America.
Richard was born and brought up in the Deep South and was active in the Civil Rights Movement.
Tickets: £3, including refreshment
Please let us know you are coming on


Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Tuesday, 5th December
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Paganism, witchcraft and wild women with Moira Hodgkinson
Moira HodgkinsonMoira is a pagan author living locally. Her debut novel being launched at the UK’s largest pagan event, Witchfest. Wild Women is going to be one of the first books of its kind, featuring realistic pagan and wiccan practice as three generations of women in an ordinary family overcome their daily struggles with a quiet, gentle magic. She will also be talking about her new non-fiction book Witch’s Journey, which is a guide to foundation witchcraft religion in theory and practice.

Moira is a regular contributor to Witchcraft & Wicca magazine She appears at at pagan festivals throughout the year.

Tickets: £3.00, including refreshments

Booking essential on

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Monday, 11th December
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Small Acts of Kindness Change the World
Nottingham PeacebuildersReadings from the Nottingham Peacebuilders anthology, together with music from around the world.
Tickets – donation on the night to Medecine Sans Frontieres. Refreshments available.
Please let us know you are coming on


Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Tuesday, 12th December
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Boshemia launch - culture, art, feminism

BoshemiaJoin us for the launch of the second issue of Boshemia. The first issue included an examination of nudity in Reykjavik; a discussion on the intersection of black feminist identity and anti-jewellery; a symposium on coming out; and a reflection of the 80s genderbending trifecta of pop music—all there. Expect more surprises for the second issue of this international journal.

Tickets: £3.00 on the door, redeemable against a purchase of the magazine. Refreshments included.

Please let us know you are coming on


Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 18th January
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Countering Extremism in British Schools, with John Holmwood

john-holmwoodCommunity cohesion, Prevent, Trojan Horses? Teachers, governors and parents have had to develop a new vocabulary to deal with alleged plots to Islamicise schools and pupils. John Holmwood, Professor of Sociology at the University of Nottingham, will discuss this “counter-extremism agenda” with particular reference to the Birmingham Trojan Horse Affair, which led to the vilification of a previously highly-successful school.

Tickets: £3 on the night, including refreshments.
Please let us know you are coming on fiveleaves.bookshopevents@

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Tuesday, 20th February
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Flâneuse - the wandering woman, with Lauren Elkin
FlaneuseIf the word flâneur conjures up visions of Baudelaire, boulevards and bohemia – then what exactly is a flâneuse?
Lauren Elkin defines her as ‘a determined resourceful woman keenly attuned to the creative potential of the city, and the liberating possibilities of a good walk’. Part cultural meander, part memoir, Flâneuse traces the relationship between the city and creativity through a journey that begins in New York and moves to Paris, via Venice, Tokyo and London, exploring the paths taken by the flâneuses who have lived and walked in those cities.

From nineteenth-century novelist George Sand to artist Sophie Calle, from war correspondent Martha Gellhorn to film-maker Agnes Varda, Lauren considers what is at stake when a certain kind of light-footed woman encounters the city and changes her life, one step at a time.

Tickets: £3.00, including refreshments

Please reserve your place via

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
1 2