Events

Date/Time Event
Wednesday, 29th May
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Five Leaves Book Group: Sapiens, by Yuval Noah Harari

Homo sapiens rules the world because it is the only animal that can believe in things that exist purely in its own imagination, such as gods, states, money and human rights.

Starting from this provocative idea, Sapiens goes on to retell the history of our species from a completely fresh perspective. It explains that money is the most pluralistic system of mutual trust ever devised; that capitalism is the most successful religion ever invented; that the treatment of animals in modern agriculture is probably the worst crime in history; and that even though we are far more powerful than our ancient ancestors, we aren’t much happier.

By combining profound insights with a remarkably vivid language, Sapiens acquired cult status among diverse audiences, captivating teenagers as well as university professors, animal rights activists alongside government ministers. By 2018, over 10 million copies have been sold, and the book has been translated into nearly 50 languages.

Our book group is open to all. You can attend every time, or just the once if you fancy talking about a particular book, or all stops in between. All we ask is that you read the book in advance.

You can obtain the book however you like, but in the lead up to the event we offer 15% discount off book group books to all our customers.

For the avoidance of doubt, Prof. Harari will not be at the event!

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

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 30th May
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Poetry from Davina Prince and Maria Taylor

A Nottingham Poetry Society event, in association with Happenstance Press – publisher of D.A. Prince and Maria Taylor

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D.A. Prince has written two full collections for Happenstance, but her latest with them is a pamphlet where she considers ephemera —rail tickets, a supermarket till receipt, an old postcard, a scribbled note found in a second-hand purchase. You may have a pile of your own half-read books, threatening to topple and expose their markers. What secrets will they spill?

Maria Taylor’s first collection, Melanchrini (Nine Arches), was shortlisted for the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize. Since 2015, she has been Reviews Editor for Under the Radar, and she blogs at Commonplace.

‘Commonplace’, however, is precisely what she is not. There’s no telling what she’ll do from one poem to the next, which is only one of the things that makes this pamphlet such a delight. As she said herself in a Poetry Spotlight interview: ‘A successful collection is a little world in itself.’ And so it is

£3 on the door, refreshments included. Please let us know you are coming on events@fiveleaves.co.uk

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Monday, 3rd June - Wednesday, 5th June
All Day
Transnational Radical Film Cultures

Five Leaves is pleased to be a partner in this conference, with stalls and events.

Full details to follow

www.nottingham.ac.uk/conference/fac-arts/clas/transnational-radical-film-cultures/index.aspx

Venue: University of Nottingham, Nottingham
Monday, 3rd June
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Critical Cinema: Beyond the Theory of Practice, with Clive Myer and others

Clive Myer was the director of the International Film School Wales and the Film Academy at the University of Glamorgan. He is an independent filmmaker.

In this talk Clive Myer will be purging the obstructive line between the making of and the theorising on film, uniting theory and practice in order to move beyond the commercial confines of Hollywood. He will be drawing on the ideas of writers such as Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen and flimmakers such as Peter Greenaway and Mike Figgis.

He will be joined by Mike Wayne (England’s Discontents, Political Cultures and National Identities) and Jack Newsinger, Steve Presence and Mike Wayne (Contemporary Radical Film Culture: Networks, Organisations
and Activists – forthcoming)

The discussion will be of interest to students, academics, and independent filmmakers as well as for anyone interested in new perspectives on culture and film.

Free event, with refreshments provided.

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

This event forms part of…

film conf

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 5th June
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Lorca, with Stephen Roberts

Federico García Lorca was born on 5 June 1898  and was executed on 19 August 1936 by nationalist forces in Franco’s Spain early in the Spanish Civil War. He was a poet, playwright,  theatre director and gay. His body has never been found.

He achieved international recognition as a member of the “Generation of 27”, a group of mostly poets who introduced European styles like symbolism, futurism and surrealism into Spanish theatre. His best known work includes Blood Wedding, Yerma and The House of Bernalda Alba.

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This talk – on Lorca’s birthday – will include short readings from his poetry and plays, and cover his life and work.

Stephen Roberts is Associate Professor and Reader in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies and Head of Department, Faculty of Arts

Tickets: £3.00 on the door, including refreshments. Please let us know you are coming on events@fiveleaves.co.uk

 

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Monday, 10th June
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Insiders/Outsiders: refugees from the Nazis and their contribution to British visual culture with Monica Bohm-Duchen

Insiders/Outsiders is a UK-wide arts festival which runs throughout 2019 and which examines the extraordinarily rich and pervasive contribution of refugees from Nazi-dominated Europe to the visual culture, art education and art-world structures of the United Kingdom. In every field, émigrés arriving from Europe in the 1930s – supported by a small number of like-minded individuals already resident in the UK – introduced a professionalism, internationalism and bold avant-gardism to a British art world not known for these attributes.

At a time when the issue of immigration is much debated, this illustrated talk serves as a reminder of the importance of cultural cross-fertilization and of the deep, long-lasting and wide-ranging contribution that refugees make to British life.

Monica Bohm-Duchen is the creative director of the www.insidersoutsidersfestival.org and is an art historian.

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

Five Leaves Bookshop is organising several events in Nottingham as part of the festival. Contact us for more information.

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 12th June
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Placeless People: writing, rights and refugees, with Lyndsey Stonebridge

Leading up to Nottingham Refugee Week….

Lyndsey Stonebridge will present a  highly topical and timely account of refugee history and literatature, drawing on the work of Hannah Arendt, Franz Kafka, W.H. Auden, George Orwell, Samuel Beckett, and Simone Weil.

She has written the first literary history of modern statelessness that raises vital questions about sovereignty, humanism, and the future of human rights which highlights the importance of modern literature in understanding the challenges of today’s refugee ‘crisis’.

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Lyndsey Stonebridge is Professor of Humanities and Human Rights at the University of Birmingham.

Chaired by Karen Adler, University of Nottingham Department of History

Tickets: £3.00 on the door, including refreshments. Please let us know you are coming on events@fiveleaves.co.uk

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Monday, 17th June
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fully Automated Luxury Communism, with Aaron Bastani

In his first book, leading political commentator Aaron Bastani, from Novara Media, conjures a new politics: a vision of a world of unimaginable hope, highlighting how we might move to energy abundance, feed a world of 9 billion, overcome work, transcend the limits of biology and build meaningful freedom for everyone. Rather than a final destination, such a society heralds the beginning of history.

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Fully Automated Luxury Communism promises a radically new left future for everyone. And it’s a great book title.  In association with Verso Books.

Tickets: £3.00 including refreshments. Please let us know you are coming on events@fiveleaves.co.uk

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Tuesday, 18th June
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
VERVE POETRY PRESS LAUNCH EVENT – Ben Norris with Luke Kennard and Hannah Swingler

Join us for the official Nottingham Launch of Ben Norris’ wonderful pamphlet some ending!

Ben Norris is well known locally and nationally for the quality he brings to his performance. And while his pamphlet some ending has been written very much for the page, we know his words will be brought to vivid life on this night.

Supporting him are two Birmingham based poets Luke Kennard and Hannah Swingler.  Their books, Truffle Hound and This dress has pockets were released to great acclaim by Verve Poetry Press in the last year.

Ben Norris is a poet, playwright and actor. He is two-time national poetry champion – 2017 BBC Poetry Slam and 2013 UK All-Stars Poetry Slam – and has appeared everywhere from Latitude Festival to the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.

Ben is from Nottingham and is currently poet-in-residence for Nottinghamshire Libraries, and a Creative Associate at Nottingham Playhouse. He also plays Ben Archer in ‘The Archers’ on BBC Radio Four. 

Luke Kennard is a poet and novelist. His books have been shortlisted for the Forward Prize, the Desmond Elliott Prize and the International Dylan Thomas Prize. He is a Next Generation Poet and lectures in the School of English at the University of Birmingham.

 

Hannah Swingler is a poet, teacher and artist, born and bred in Birmingham.  She was the winner of CoachesSLAM 2018, as well as coaching the University of Birmingham’s uniSLAM team to victory.  This year she is the face of the Nationwide TV ads along with Verve poet Matt Abbott.

 

Verve Poetry Press is a new Birmingham based publisher dedicated to promoting and showcasing Birmingham and Midlands poetic talent in colourful and exciting ways – as you would expect from a press that has grown out of the giddy and flamboyant, annual four days of poetry and spoken word that is Verve Poetry Festival, Birmingham.

Tickets:  £4.00 (£2.00 for students) on the door at the event. Please let us know you are coming though, on events@fiveleaves.co.uk. Refreshments are included.

 

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 20th June
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
I Wouldn't Start from Here: the Second Generation Irish in Britain

Editors Ray French, Moy McCrory and Kath McKay will be reading from their book of essays, fiction and poetry by second generation Irish writers in Britain , whose contributors attempt to capture the diverse experience of a group of people largely rendered invisible.

The sections touch upon what it is to be authentic, what’s new about the experience of ‘diaspora’, what evolves and what changes. Many of the contributors acknowledge that anti-Irish racism has been part of their lives and the work reflects the tensions of not belonging but of ploughing on.

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Ray French is the author of two novels, All That is Mine and Going Under and the joint editor of End Notes: ten stories about loss, mourning and commemoration.

Moy McCrory writes academically about identity and class. Her own fiction has been translated into fifteen languages and she was included in the Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing.

Kath McKay has published two novels, three poetry collections and short stories, some of which have been broadcast on Radio 4. Like Ray French, she teaches at the University of Hull.

In association with Nottingham Irish Studies Group

Tickets: £3.00 on the door, including refreshments. Please let us know you are coming on events@fiveleaves.co.uk

 

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 26th June
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Nottingham's Pubs, an illustrated talk by David Mooney
In Nottingham’s Pubs, author David Mooney takes the reader on a fascinating
journey through some of Nottingham’s most interesting, oldest or most
famous watering holes, following nine walks around different parts of
Nottingham and nearby areas, including Kimberley which was home until
recently to Britain’s largest independent brewery until 2006 and now
micro-breweries. Many of the pubs have retained features and traditions of
previous ages, and he reveals the variety of Nottingham’s pubs today
including the characters that have frequented or run the public houses over
the years, for which Nottingham is justly renowned.
David Mooney lives in Nottingham and is a folk performer and amateur folklorist. He has been collecting material in the folklore and traditional customs of the East Midlands for many years.
Tickets: £3.00, including appropriate refreshments (no pickled eggs or pork scratchings though…)
Please let us know you are coming on events@fiveleaves.co.uk
Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 27th June
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Five Leaves open book group: Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

A novel of emigration, longing and loss

“We’re used to getting these kinds of stories from an American perspective in which moving to America is the natural thing to do. Tóibín makes his emigrant’s story more painful without simply reversing those assumptions or ruling out an ironic distance from postwar Irish insularity. (A prim young woman from Belfast shares her views on Brooklyn’s Italian and Jewish populations: “I didn’t come all the way to America, thank you, to hear people talking Italian on the street or see them wearing funny hats.”) Eilis herself is an interesting character, less defenceless and more troubled than she initially seems, and the novel uncovers the “dark, uncertain” areas within her with a very light touch. Her rejection of her landlady’s proffered friendship, and her encounter with her sexually wistful female boss, are handled as delicately as any scene Tóibín has done, although here and there his delicacy doesn’t exclude a note of ribald amusement as well as worldly melancholy.”              From the Guardian review

Our book group is open to all. You can attend every time, or just the once if you fancy talking about a particular book, or all stops in between. All we ask is that you read the book in advance.

You can obtain the book however you like, but in the lead up to the event we offer 15% discount off book group books to all our customers.

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

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Saturday, 29th June
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Lowdham Book Festival - the last Saturday

Lowdham Book Festival ends its twentieth year with its traditional “last Saturday”, including the region’s biggest book fair, lots of free talks for adults plus a children’s programme, a cafe, and a day out in the country (well, ten miles from Nottingham).

The main festival is organised by The Bookcase in Lowdham, but the last day by Five Leaves.

Contact us for stall details.

Full programme timing

Saturday 29 June 10.am-5.00pm

All; Day Bookfair and Cafe
Throughout the day the Village Hall hosts a cafe serving hot and cold drinks, salads and panini, cakes and ice cream.
The bookfair is srpread over the Village Hall, a big marquee behind the Village Hall and assorted gazebos. It features publishers, charities, book trade organisations and booksellers with new and second-hand books. There are displays of old-fashioned letter press printing equipment.
The author talks and talks about books are all free. No need to book but turn up early for any you are particularly keen on, to guarantee a seat!
Entry is free to the bookfair and all events.
This is our twentieth “last Saturday”, this year with an emphasis on fiction. There’s lots to listen to and discuss, with children’s activities in the field behind the Village Hall.
11.00-12.00
Difficult issues? Not so difficult issues?
Troy Jenkinson (The Best Mummy Snails in the Whole Wide World, about children with lesbian parents), Rose Robbins (Me and My Sister, about having a sibling with autism) discuss writing books about “issues” for younger children.
This event is for parents/carers, teachers, librarians and writes (and anyone else interested!).
Committee Room in the Village Hall
 
Watson Fothergill – an illustrated talk by Darren Turner
The Victorian architect Watson Fothergill left a distinctive stamp on Nottingham, making him the most famous local architect of the period. His works can still be seen all over the city.
Methodist Chapel, Main Street
Stephen Booth – crime fiction, set in the Peak District
Stephen makes a welcome return to the Festival, and brings us up to date with murder and mayhem in the Dark Peak. His Cooper and Fry series is now up to 18 books. It’s dangerous in Derbyshire!
Marquee A behind the Village Hall
 
Ruth Charnock on Joni Mitchell, critical listening
In this sound and image-illustrated talk, Ruth Charnock looks at Joni Mitchell’s work as a musician, composer, cultural commentator and antagonist, thinking particularly about Mitchell’s album Blue and its depiction of desire, free love, and the late ’60s, whilst also exploring Mitchell’s wider cultural contributions and significance.
Women’s Institute, Main Street
 
12.30-1.30
Shoestring Poetry Hour  
John Lucas presents Malcom Carson and Paul Binding, stalwarts of the independent publishing scene.
Malcolm has three full collections, BrecciaRangi Changi and other poemsRoute Choice and a pamphlet, Cleethorpes Comes to Paris. Paul Paul Binding is a novelist, critic, poet and cultural historian.  He has written on Eudora Welty and Lorca as well as his own poetry.
Committee Room at the Village Hall
Bird Therapy with Joe Harkness
About depression and bird watching – how becoming a bird watcher saved Joe.
‘I can’t remember the last book I read that I could say with absolute assurance would save lives. But this one will’ Chris Packham
Methodist Chapel, Main Street
 
Rules are meant to be broken
Darren Simpson (Scavengers) and Kate Mallinder (Summer of No Regrets) write for teenagers. Kate’s novel is about four sixteen-year-old best friends who pledge to live a summer regret-free, taking risks however much it scares them. Darren’s character Landfill lives as a scavenger, behind the wall, swimming with turtles and eating fresh gull. But he wants to explore the world outside.
Marquee A behind the Village Hall
 
Protest and Power:  the battle for the Labour Party with David Kogan
Journalist David Kogan’s talk can best be described by these quotes about his book:
‘If you want to understand Corbyn’s long march to take control of Labour this is the only book to read (Robert Peston)

New insights, vivid interviews, granular, often objectively funny details, combine to build a portrait of the British left that is both honest and dignifying. (Zoe Williams Guardian)

Women’s Institute, Main Street
 
2.00-3.00
Lux, historical fiction with Elizabeth Cook
King David sings his psalms. A world away, King Henry plots. And courtier Thomas Wyatt sees them both, his beloved falcon Lukkes on his armLux is a story of love and its reach, fidelity and faith, power and its abuses.
Elizabeth Cook was orn in Gibraltar, she spent her childhood in Nigeria and Dorset. She is the author of the novel Achilles, which won a Fringe First at Edinburgh. She wrote the libretto for Francis Grier’s The Passion of Jesus of Nazareth, broadcast by the BBC
Committee Room, Village Hall
Welcome to the Cheap Seats, with Andrew Graves
This is an illustrated talk on working class film, with a strong Nottingham element including the films of Shane Meadows, of Alan Sillitoe’s books as well as KesTo Sir , with Love and many others that show the working class speaking for itself. Especially Vicky McClure. Based on Andrew’s book, this being its first public appearance!
Methodist Chapel, Main Street 
“Don’t mention the war”, with Clare Harvey
Clare is the author of several books set precisely during WWII, including in Nottingham. As well as reading from the books she will be talking about her research, her development of strong female characters and how to set stories within, well, a war.
Marquee A, behind the Village Hall
Epic Continent, with Nicholas Jubber
Award-winning travel writer Nicholas Jubber journeys across Europe exploring Europe’s epic poems, from the Odyssey to Beowulf, the Song of Roland to the Nibelungenlied, and their impact on European identity in these turbulent times.
Women’s Institute, Main Street
3.30-4.30
Mug without a Handle, Life after Loss of a Long-term Partner, One Woman’s Experience.
Local poet, Alison Chippindale, will be reading from her latest collection, taking us through her journey,setting out, the sadness, adjusting, strategies, to going forward.
Committee Room, Village Hall
I Went for a Walk, with Gabriel Stewart
“Just over a year ago I decided I wanted to go for a walk, a rather long one. I had a plan. I’d use my home in London as a base and strike out into the countryside, starting small – short jaunts to Brighton or Norwich, leading up to walking London to Penzance and finishing my year with a walk to Edinburgh. That was the plan. And it couldn’t have gone more wrong.”
Methodist Chapel, Main Street
Our Lady of Everything, with Susan Finlay
Susan’s debut novel is set in Nottingham, 2004. It chronicles the lives of Eoin O’Shea’s friends and family, and what happens to them when he,  a second-generation Northern Irish soldier, is posted by the British army to Iraq.  The Games Workshop, Broadway Cinema, the Post, and Nottingham’s Polish church all feature, as does chaos magik and Warhammer (fourth edition).
Women’s Institute, Main Street
Milkman and other novels from the North of Ireland, with Deirdre O’Byrne
Milkman, by Anna Burns, which won the Booker Prize, was set in Belfast during the height of “the Troubles”. In this talk Deirdre discusses the book in relation to other novels set in the North at a time when Irish writing has rarely been so popular with British readers.
Marquee A, behind the Village Hall
 
Saturday extras in the big marquee!
 
12.00 and 4.00, for twenty minutes each time
Join Clare Stevens and a group of writers from Maggie’s, Nottingham reading their own material by Maggie’s stall. Like all our events today, these are free, but there is a Maggie’s collecting box!
 
1.30 and 3.00 for twenty minutes each time
Join Tuesday Shannon, Pippa Hennessy and Elizabeth Hourston from Soundswrite women’s press, reading their poems about Orkney, archaeology and quantum physics (!) by the Soundswrite stal
Venue: Lowdham, Lowdham
Monday, 1st July
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Waiting for the Revolution? The British far left from 1956,with Evan Smith and Phil Burton-Cartledge
Together with the companion volume of essays, Against the Grain, Waiting for the Revolution, both jointly edited by Evan Smith, has built the start of a history of the small, vocal, fractious, and sometimes very influential far left in the UK since the major break in the Communist Party over Hungary in 1956. This opened the way for a “New Left”, growing Trotskyist groups and the rebirth of an anarchist movement. The far left led opposition to the Vietnam War, the Poll Tax, campaigns to defend abortion rights and against the far right. And yet, even when bringing hundreds of thousands onto the street over the Iraq war, most of the groups involved failed to grow.
This talk weaves through the highways and byways of the left, ending with a discussion as to whether, with a more left wing Labour, an active Green Party and a direct-action orientated Extinction Rebellion, the far left as it used to be constituted has had its day.
Evan Smith teaches at Flinders University in Australia, and writes on the left, anti-racism and anti-colonialism. Phil Burton-Cartledge teaches at Derby University and writes about the lives of Trotskyist activists.
Tickets: £4.00/£2 students, including refreshments
Booking essential from events@fiveleaves.co.uk
Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 4th July
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dorian Lynskey on The Ministry of Truth
George Orwell’s last novel has become one of the narratives of the modern world. Its ideas have become part of the language – from ‘Big Brother’ to the ‘Thought Police’, ‘Doublethink’, and ‘Newspeak’ – and seem ever more relevant in the era of ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’.

In this book. Dorian Lynskey investigates the influences that came together in the writing of 1984 from Orwell’s experiences in the Spanish Civil War and war-time London to his book’s roots in utopian and dystopian fiction. He explores the phenomenon that the novel became on publication and the changing ways in which it has been read over the decades since.

2019 marks the seventieth anniversary of the publication of Orwell’s masterpiece, while the year 1984 itself is now as distant from us as it was from Orwell on publication day. The Ministry of Truth is an examination of one of the most significant works of modern English literature. It describes how history can inform fiction and how fiction can influence history.

Tickets: £4.00 (students £2.00) including refreshments

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

Everything you wanted to know about 1984 but were too busy misusing the word -Orwellian- to ask.

Caitlin Moran

 

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Sunday, 14th July
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Robert Chandler on Vasily Grossman and Stalingrad

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 31st July
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Five Leaves Book Group: Scavengers by Darren Simpson

Unusually for our book group, our choice this month is a young adult fiction novel, by a local writer.

The theme is what happens when you break the rules… the most important is to NEVER go beyond the wall, never to go Outside. So, what will happen?

Landfill is a boy raised with animals behind the walls of Hinterland – an industrial landscape succumbing to weeds and wild flowers. His guardian, a tormented scavenger called Babagoo, protects him from the horrors of Outside. But as he gets older, Landfill’s curiosity is winning out over obedience and he begins to question the whether Outside is deserving of such fear and loathing…

Our book group is open, and you can come to one event or them all. All we ask is you read the book in advance.

For the second half of the evening, Darren will join us, not for a “reading” but to discuss issues raised in the first half!

We don’t mind where you get the book, but in the lead up we offer 15% discount on book group books.

Free, refreshments provided

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

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 28th August
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Person-Centred Counselling for Trans and Gender Diverse People, with Sam Hope

Please join us to launch and to discuss issues raised in Sam Hope’s new book on using a person-centred approach with trans clients for counsellors and therapists.

Trans clients are frequently doubted and misunderstood by professional counsellors. Sam’s book will be essential reading for professionals who want to support trans people’s mental health and wellbeing, helping to rebalance the relationship between the therapist and the client.

Sam Hope is a non-binary trans therapist with many years’ of working with the LGBT community and is a well-known trans community worker/campaigner and blogger.

 

This event will be of interest to any counselling or mental health professional who wants to understand more about working with trans and gender diverse clients as well, of course, to trans people generally and particularly trans people who work with other trans people.

Tickets: £4.00 (£2 students) which includes refreshments and is redeemable against any purchase.

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

 

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 19th September
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cursed Britain: A History of Witchcraft and Black Magic in Modern Times with Thomas Waters

To celebrate the release of his new book Cursed Britain, historian Thomas Waters presents the fascinating but largely unknown history of witchcraft and magic in modern times.

This evocative, interactive talk will explore the many styles and types of magic that have thrived in Britain since the early 1800s. From cunning-men and wise-women to Scottish warlocks, Welsh cursing wells, Roma fortune-tellers, shapeshifting witches and numerous other spiritual healers, it’s a diverse and amazing topic.

Tom has spent the best part of the last decade busily researching the modern history of witchcraft and magic. He’s enthralled by everything mystical, but is particularly interested in the experiences of people who believe they’re cursed, as well as the individuals who are deemed responsible, and the spiritual healers who provide aid in times of great crisis.

The secretive but extraordinary story of witchcraft in modern times stretches from the rural world of Georgian Britain, through the territories of the British Empire, to the multicultural present day. Tom will be telling some spellbinding stories and, for magical practitioners amongst you, giving tips about how you could use historic witchcraft in your own spells. Believer, sceptic or not sure: all are welcome and discussion is encouraged.

Tickets: £4 including refreshments, redeemable against book purchase

 

This event will be fully booked so it is essential to let us know you are coming on events@fiveleaves.co.uk

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Saturday, 19th October
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Graham Greene afternoon at Nottingham Cathedral

Venue: Nottingham Cathedral, Nottingham
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