Events

Date/Time Event
Thursday, 9th April
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
POSTPONED - Sophie Labelle - Serious Trans Vibes

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Sophie Labelle is a Canadian author, cartoonist, and public speaker. She is transgender and known for her webcomic Assigned Male detailing her experiences as a trans woman. She is active in the transgender rights movement and speaks on the subjects of trans history and transfeminism.

Tonight will be a mixture of standup comedy and, well, if we said that she wrote the comic Dating Tips for Trans and Queer Weirdos… you might get the right idea.

This will be a ticketed event with tickets being £8 (£4 for those without a wage), including refreshments.  Contact us on events@fiveleaves.co.uk

 

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 23rd April
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
POSTPONED - Polari, with Paul Baker

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As the speaker has a long train journey… we will start at 6.00 prompt, with refreshments at the end!

Polari is a language that was used chiefly by gay men at a time when being gay could result in criminal prosecution, offering a means of camouflage and identification. Its roots are varied – from Cant to dancers’ slang – and in the mid-1960s it was thrust into the limelight by the characters Julian and Sandy on the radio show Round the Horne (‘Oh Mr Horne, how bona to vada your dolly old eke!’).

Paul Baker traces Polari’s origins and describes its linguistic nuts and bolts, explores the environments in which it was spoken, and explains the reasons for its decline and unlikely re-emergence.

With a cast of drag queens and sailors, Dilly boys and macho clones, his Fabulosa! is an essential document of recent history and a fascinating account of this ingenious language.

Admission: £4.00 (£2.00 students). Please let us know you are coming on events@fiveleaves.co.uk

 

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Saturday, 25th April
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
POSTPONED - Form and Colour: Women Artists of the Early Twentieth Century

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Join us for half day exploring women artists of the early twentieth century.  We  welcome several specialists talking about many of the women artists of this period.  Many of these artists, well known in their day, are only just being discussed again and their work highlighted.  Certainly books on women artists have been scarce for the last 20 years.  That too is changing at last.

Harriet Olsen, publisher at Eiderdown Books. Eiderdown Books is  a new publisher releasing books about female artists written by leading female writers, art historians and cultural commentators.  So far she has published books on  Laura Knight, Sylvia Pankhurst, Frances Hodgkins, Marlow Moss and Lee Miller., Harriet will be talking about why she set up the press and their approach to the artists that they publish.

Katy Norris on Sylvia Pankhurst, artist and activist.  Through her striking portraits of women at work in the factories, as well as her designs for badges, banners, murals and even tea -sets, her artistic endeavours furthered the argument for universal equal rights. Katy Norris researches Edwardian women artists, in partnership with Tate and Bristol University.  She was previously Curator at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester.

Sylvia Pankhurst

Louise Dunning, Curator of Fine and Decorative Arts, Nottingham Castle.

Louise Dunning job-shares the post of Curator of Fine and Decorative Art at Nottingham City Museums.  She is jointly responsible for over 800 oil paintings, over 4,000 works on paper and around 5,000 decorative art objects.

Nottingham City Museums has a small collection of oil paintings, drawings, watercolours and aquatints by Dame Laura Knight (1877-1970).  Her paintings will be rehung at Nottingham Castle when it reopens in Spring 2021.  Louise will be examining some of Dame Laura Knight’s work in the Collection and looking at the life and significance of this artist who lived in Nottingham during her formative years.

Motherhood c1922 by Dame Laura Knight

 

 

 

 

 

 

Venue:  Nottingham Mechanics Institute

Please email events@bookshop.co.uk to book your place.  £10/£8 students

We are asking for pre-payment for this event as we know it will be full!

Small cafe and bar on site.

 

 

Venue: Nottingham Mechanics Institute, Nottingham
Monday, 27th April
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
POSTPONED - An evening with Adam Mars-Jones

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Adam Mars-Jones, we think, last did an event in Nottingham during the local Unsilenced Voices campaign against the homophobic Section 28. Then, he was the author of the collection of short stories Lantern Lecture and had written The Darker Proof with Edmund White. The latter collection reflected the Aids crisis.

A lot of time has passed since then and Mars-Jones has gone on to be a leading reviewer and film critic. His Kid Gloves details his difficult relationship with his father over Adam being gay, as his father slides into dementia.

The first half of this event will cover Adam Mars-Jones career, the second half focusing on his new novel, Box Hill, about a relationship between a gay biker and a younger man – Box Hill being where they met. Box Hill is elegantly published by Fitzcarraldo, Mars-Jones having won their 2019 Novel Prize. A novel of desire and domination, which starts in 1975.

Admission:  £4.00 (£2.00 students) including refreshments.

Please book via events@fiveleaves.co.uk

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Tuesday, 28th April
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
POSTPONED - Poetry from Will Harris

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Will Harris is a writer of mixed Anglo-Indonesian heritage from London.  He is an Assistant Editor at The Rialto. Published in the Bloodaxe anthology Ten: Poets of the New Generation, he was featured in ES Magazine as part of the “new guard” of London poets. ‘SAY’ was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2018, and he won a Poetry Fellowship from the Arts Foundation. His debut pamphlet of poems, All this is implied (HappenStance), was joint winner of the London Review Bookshop Pamphlet of the Year and shortlisted for the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award by the National Library of Scotland.

 Mixed-Race Superman, an essay, was published by Peninsula Press in 2018 and in an expanded edition by Melville House in the US in 2019. His first full poetry collection, RENDANG, is from Granta in the UK  and from Wesleyan University Press in the US later in the year. Will was a stand-out performer at the Nottingham Playhouse poetry day last year.

 

Author photo: Adrian Pope for the Forward Prizes for Poetry

 

Admission: £4.00 (£2.00 students) including refreshments. Booking essential via events@fiveleaves.co.uk

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 30th April
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
POSTPONED - Five Leaves open book group discusses The Street by Ann Petry

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“Ann Petry’s first novel, The Street, was a literary event in 1946, praised and translated around the world – the first book by a black woman to sell more than a million copies . . . Her work endures not merely because of the strength of its message but its artistry . . . Petry will always feel on time. … The music of her sentences, and their discipline; her unerring sense of psychology; the fullness with which she endows each character, which must be understood as a kind of love; the plots that commandeer whole hours and days. (I am writing this review in a swivet of shame, in fact, in the baleful eyeline of an unwalked dog, unwashed dishes, unanswered emails.) Her work endures not only because it illuminates reality, but because it harnesses the power of fiction to supplant it.”

New York Times
The Street has been re-issued by Virago, with an introduction by Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage and winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019

 

Five Leaves Book Group is open, so come as often as you like – once, sometimes, every time. There’s a short introduction to the book, followed by a discussion. You can source the book wherever you like, but in the lead up to the meeting we offer 15% discount on the title in question. All we ask is that you read the book in advance and be prepared to discuss it.

Our book groups are always free and refreshments are provided. Do let us know you are coming on events@fiveleaves.co.uk

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Tuesday, 5th May
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Witches, Warriors, Workers

Please join Culture Matters Press for the launch of their anthology of contemporary feminist poetry to celebrate Mayday (a little late, but who’s counting?). Edited by Jane Burn & Fran Lock, Witches, Warriors, Workers is a collection of some of the finest women writers of today.is a collection of some of the finest women writers of today.

Fran Lock will be joined by contributors including Char March and others to be announced.

Admission: £4.00 (£2.00 concessions) including refreshments

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

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 6th May
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Doing activism and being an activist, with Emma Craddock

With austerity’s disproportionately heavy impact on women now apparent,  this talk considers activism against it from a feminist perspective.

Emma Craddock goes inside activist culture to explore the cultural and emotional dimensions of political participation. She questions what motivates and sustains protest, considering the enabling aspects of solidarity and empathy, as well as  constraining factors of negative emotions and gendered barriers associated with activism, examining the role of gender and emotion within protest.

Emma gets to the heart of what it means to be an anti-austerity activist and brings an important addition to social justice debate. She will be in discussion with Nick Stevenson, who is active in the Univ. and College Union (UCU).

 

 

Emma is a former worker at Five Leaves Bookshop. Her research for her book was done in Nottingham including the period when she was campaigning against austerity.  She now teaches at Birmingham City University.

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

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Monday, 11th May
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Poetry from Elizabeth-Jane Burnett, Charlotte Newman and Cat Woodward

 

 

A Nottingham Poetry Exchange event as part of Feminist Book Fortnight

Elizabeth-Jane Burnett is a UK writer and academic. Her debut poetry collection Swims (Penned in the Margins) was a Sunday Times Best Poetry Book of the Year. Her monograph A Social Biography of Contemporary Innovative Poetry Communities: The Gift, the Wager and Poethics (Palgrave) explores the ways that recent experimental poetry scenes operate along a gift economy.

She is a regular contributor to BBC3’s Free Thinking and her recently published nature writing book The Grassling, A Geological Memoir won Penguin Random House’s WriteNow competition. Much of her creative practice is informed by its landscape.  She is a keen wild swimmer and walker and is also interested in urban spaces.

Cat Woodward is a socialist feminist lyric poet and academic. Her first collection, Sphinx, was published  in 2017 by Salò Press. Her second collection Blood. Flower. Joy! from Knives, Forks and Spoons Press was published last year. In 2018 she won the Ivan Juritz Prize for a collection of short lyrics.  Cat is a lecturer in Creative Writing at The University of Cumbria.

 

 

Charlotte Newman won the inaugural Sabotage Award for Best Poetry Pamphlet and was featured in The Salt Book of Younger Poets. She worked as a journalist for a family law firm, writing for national newspapers while also contributing reviews to The Observer, The New Statesman and Poetry Review. Charlotte  was shortlisted for The Scotsman’s Allen Wright Award for theatre criticism.

 

 

 

 

Admission: £4.00 (£2.00 students) including refreshments.  Please book your place via events@fiveleaves.co.uk

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 13th May
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Poetry and Science, with Sue Dymoke, Pippa Hennessy and Chris Jones

Sue Dymoke, Pippa Hennessy and Chris Jones read and talk about their science-related poetry along with works by other poets, including Sinead Morrissey, Rebecca Elson and Philip Gross.

Sue Dymoke did not enjoy science at school but became curious about it through poetry. She is interested in how writing poetry can help people to explore scientific questions. Sue is an Associate Professor in Education at Nottingham Trent University. Recent work includes What They Left Behind (Shoestring Press) and DNA Time, a collaborative poem written with structural biologist Pietro Roversi, which explores the complexities of DNA structures.

Pippa Hennessy is a publisher at Five Leaves and a bid writer at Harmless. She has published poetry, short fiction, essays, and comic stories in various magazines and anthologies. Her latest project is to try to understand quantum theory through poetry (or maybe the other way round). She is particularly interested in the intersection between science and poetry in all their forms and is studying for an MA in Creative Writing at Nottingham University.

Chris Jones lives in Sheffield. He has worked on various projects over the last fifteen years alongside physicists, biologists, medical researchers, artists and other writers, contributing to publications and exhibitions on a range of scientific fields including Darwinism, cancer research and colour theory. His last collection of poems was Skin published by Longbarrow Press.

Admission: £4.00 (£2.00 students) including refreshments. Please let us know you are coming on events@fiveleaves.co.uk.

Part of Nottingham Poetry Festival

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 14th May
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Feminism, Interrupted: Disrupting Power - Lola Olufemi in conversation with Deanne Bell

 

 

 

In partnership with New Art Exchange, Nottingham

Venue: New Art Exchange  (right by tram stop ‘The Forest’)

More than just a slogan on a t-shirt, feminism is a radical tool for fighting back against structural violence and injustice. Feminism, Interrupted is a bold call to seize feminism back from the cultural gatekeepers and return it to its radical roots.

Lola Olufemi explores state violence against women, the fight for reproductive justice, transmisogyny, gendered Islamophobia and solidarity with global struggles, showing that the fight for gendered liberation can change the world for everybody when we refuse to think of it solely as women’s work. Including testimonials from Sisters Uncut, migrant groups working for reproductive justice, prison abolitionists and activists involved in the international fight for Kurdish and Palestinian rights, Olufemi emphasises the link between feminism and grassroots organising.

Reclaiming feminism from the clutches of the consumerist, neoliberal model, Feminism, Interrupted shows that when ‘feminist’ is more than a label, it holds the potential for radical transformative work.

Lola Olufemi is a black feminist writer and organiser from London. She has written and spoken at numerous events about feminism and decolonisation across the country, and was a member of the NUS Women’s Campaign and NUS National Executive Committee. She is the author of Feminism, Interrupted: Disrupting Power (Pluto Press, 2019).

Deanne Bell is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. She holds a PhD in Depth Psychology with a specialism in community psychology, liberation psychology and ecopsychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. 

Deanne’s work focuses on social transformation given the reality of social suffering, structural violence and collective trauma the majority world experience. This allows her to examine the psychosocial effects of coloniality and explore how decoloniality can flourish. She has been studying how we bystand the social suffering historically marginalised people experience. She has recently launched a research project titled The Anatomy of Indifference and Care.

Book  information
Feminism Interrupted is published in the Outspoken series from Pluto Press. The series gives a platform to underrepresented voices and aim to be books that dissent.
All bookings via Five Leaves please: by email to events@fiveleaves.co.uk  Tickets: £4, £2 students

 

 

Venue: New Art Exchange, Nottingham, Nottingham
Tuesday, 19th May
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Property is... what, exactly? with Chris Pierson

“Property is theft”, declaimed Proudhon.  “Property is liberty”, he added, in the bit that no-one remembers.   Property matters and property is full of paradox.  As ownership becomes more intensely unequal, in the face of limited and depleting resources, we face some very difficult and very urgent questions.  Not least, how might we share it better?

Chris Pierson has been teaching politics at the University of Nottingham since the last millennium.  He has spent twenty years reading about property, everything from Pythagoras to Piketty, so you don’t have to!  Skip to the conclusions.  In Volume Three of his Just Property or just listen to this lecture.

This event is free. Refreshments provided. Please let us know you are coming on events@fiveleaves.co.uk

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 21st May
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
A Beautiful Way to be Crazy and other Stage Poems with Genevieve Carver

 

 

“One of the most powerful voices of the Fringe this year” – EdFringe Review 2019

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“Genevieve Carver is a stunning poet – her writing strikes sharply and with intention.  A Beautiful Way to Be Crazy summons an electrically charged landscape that charts how women experience the male-dominated music industry with the lyrical integrity you’d expect from Carver.  These poems jump off the page….a difficult book to put down.  I can’t remember the last time reading a poetry collection was this much fun: the writing is damn clever, fiercely honest and speaks to the heart of its reader.” Ciaran Hodgers

At the time of publication, 70% of music acts in the UK are all-male. Based on interviews with female and non-binary practitioners across the music industry, A Beautiful Way to be Crazy is a tale of growing up, finding a voice, and listening to Joni Mitchell records. It was originally a live show by Genevieve and her band of multi-instrumentalist musicians The Unsung.

Expect to meet the spirits of Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone and Delia Derbyshire as Genevieve navigates her way through school bullies, the pressures of mainstream media, anxiety and pregnancy scares, but comes out smiling.

“Carver exudes a warm humility that perfectly complements the fragile and overwhelmingly human spirit at the heart of her story telling”–The Reviews Hub

Genevieve Carver is a Sheffield-based poet searching for the humanity amidst the chaos. Her work has been appeared in publications including Iota, Envoi, and The North, and her first collection will be published by Verve Poetry Press, in February 2020.

Genevieve read some of her poems here last year as part of the launch for Waymaking.  We are delighted that she is back to celebrate the publication of her first volume of poetry.  Do come and join us for a discussion of women in the music industry and hear the poems inspired by her interviews and her stage show with The Unsung.  Genevieve will be chatting to Marie Thompson as well as reading from her collection of poems.  Marie is an ex member of the bookshop staff and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Lincoln’s School of Film and media.

Marie  is the author of Beyond Unwanted Sound: Noise, Affect and Aesthetic Moralism (Bloomsbury, 2017) and co-editor of Sound, Music, Affect: Theorizing Sonic Experience (Bloomsbury, 2013). Marie co-leads, with Annie Goh, Sonic Cyberfeminisms – an ongoing project interrogating the relationships between gender, sound and technology.

Tuesday, 26th May
12:00 am
Five Leaves open book group discusses On Chapel Sands, by Laura Cumming

“In the autumn of 1929, a child was kidnapped from a Lincolnshire beach. Five days went by before she was found in a nearby village. The child remembered nothing of these events and nobody ever spoke of them at home. It was another fifty years before she even learned of the kidnap.

The child became an artist and had a daughter, art writer Laura Cumming. Cumming grew up enthralled by her mother’s strange tales of life in a seaside hamlet of the 1930s. So many puzzles remained to be solved. Cumming began with a few criss-crossing lives in this fraction of English coast – the postman, the grocer, the elusive baker – but her search spread right out across the globe as she discovered just how many lives were affected by what happened that day on the beach – including her own.”

On Chapel Sands is in hardback but is published in paperback at the start of April

Five Leaves Book Group is open, so come as often as you like – once, sometimes, every time. There’s a short introduction to the book, followed by a discussion. You can source the book wherever you like, but in the lead up to the meeting we offer 15% discount on the title in question. All we ask is that you read the book in advance and be prepared to discuss it.

Our book groups are always free and refreshments are provided. Do let us know you are coming on events@fiveleaves.co.uk

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 27th May
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tokyo Redux, with David Peace
Supported by Nottingham Trent University Creative Writing Hub
Admission: £4.00 (£2.00 students) including refreshments. Please book your seat via events@fiveleaves.co.uk

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 28th May
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Get Over Yourself, Book Launch with Leanne Moden

Get Over Yourself is a new pamphlet of poetry by Nottingham poet Leanne Moden, exploring the issues of belonging and exclusion. Using humour, spoken word poetry and storytelling, Get Over Yourself examines teenage rebellion, grief, sex, self-esteem and self-discovery, taking readers from the political to the intensely personal, and back again. 

The poems in this collection question received wisdom, playfully unravelling the awkward and the bizarre aspects of modern life. Leanne’s poetry is an exploration of human failures and resilience, the things that make us angry, and the things that make us laugh.  It is also about learning to think for yourself and discovering your own opinions through the painful and beautiful process of growing up.

Leanne Moden is a performance poet. In the past, she has performed at WOMAD Festival,  Sofar Sounds, and Bestival on the Isle of Wight.  Leanne has also been national finalist at the BBC Edinburgh Fringe Slam and the Hammer and Tongue Poetry Slam. Last year she performed her first solo theatreshow, Skip, Skip, Skip, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Leanne is part of the team at Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature. 

Leanne will be joined by another act to be announced

Get Over Yourself is published by Burning Eye Books, an independent UK publisher specialising in promoting spoken word artists. 

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

 

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Tuesday, 2nd June
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
An evening of Leafe Press poetry

Leafe Press is an experimental and internationalist poetry publisher based in Nottingham, run by Alan Baker.

Full line up to be announced

Admission: £4.00 (£2.00 students). Please let us know you are coming on events@fiveleaves.co.uk

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 3rd June
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Comma Press short story course: six weeks, taught by Rebecca Burns

This course is about the short story …

Over the course of 6 workshops, you’ll get a handle on the predominant narrative structures used by short story writers, and implement them in your own work. Completing set writing tasks between workshops, and receiving structured, peer-driven feedback, you’ll develop 3 short stories to completion, with tailored advice on how to shape the story, and how to improve the characterisation, dialogue, and narrative voice. Comma Press, one of the UK’s leading publisher of short fiction is always looking for new voices in short fiction and it’s hoped that this course will unearth and develop contenders for one of their showcases of new writers.

What you need to be familiar with …

You don’t necessarily need any practical experience of writing stories, nor of supervised creative writing of any kind, but it’s important that you have an interest in, and enthusiasm for, the short story form. To get the most from the course, you should be prepared do some background reading, undertake writing tasks between sessions, read the work of others on the course prior to each session, offer tactful – yet frank – feedback, and receive constructive criticism on your own work. The course isn’t geared towards any particular sub-genre within the short story form – be it literary fiction, sci-fi, or horror – we’ll be looking at techniques applicable to all these genres. This course will be taught by author, Michelle Green.

What we won’t cover …

This isn’t a course devised to help you write a novel, a novella, poetry, micro-fiction, or biography – it’s all about the short story, which presents its own specific demands and opportunities to writers (for the avoidance of doubt, short stories typically weigh in at somewhere between 1500 and 8000 words long, for the purpose of this course we will be looking at stories up to 5,000 words long).

Equipment you’ll need …

Something to write with (pen and paper will do) during sessions, and a computer and internet access at home, to upload your work in progress to the online drop box, or email to the group. If you prefer to print out other people’s work to read prior to the sessions (rather than reading from a screen), you’ll need to do this at your own expense.

About the Tutor:

Rebecca Burns is short story writer and novelist. Her work has been published in over thirty online and print journals, and she has won or been placed in many competitions: Fowey Festival of Words and Music Short Story Competition, (winner and runner-up in 2014), Black Pear Press Short Story Competition (2014, winner), Univ. of Sunderland Short Story Award (2016, longlisted), Evesham Festival Story Competition (2016, shortlisted) and Chipping Norton Short Story Award (shortlisted).

Her debut collection of short stories, Catching the Barrmundi, was published by Odyssey Books in 2012 and was longlisted for the Edge Hill Award, the UK’s only prize for short story collections. Her second collection, The Settling Earth (2014) was also longlisted for the Edge Hill. Her third collection, Artefacts and Other Stories, was published in 2017. Her novel The Bishop’s Girl appeared in 2016 and her second novel, Beyond the Bay, was published in September.

Comma Press is a Manchester-based short story specialist publisher

For previous course feedback, testimonials and cancellation policy, click here.

Price: £180 for the full course (Concessions: 2 x £100 fee for single-parent writers, or writers in receipt of a means tested benefit, personal independence payments, or disability living allowance).

Attendees must pay for full course in advance – individual course units not available separately. Numbers on the course are limited to twelve people.

Dates: Six workshops are held over a 6 month period, on the first Wednesday of the month, to enable you to complete writing assignments:

3rd June
1st July
5th August
2nd September
7th October
4th November

Tickets can be purchased directly from Five Leaves Bookshop only. Bookings close on 19th May. 

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 4th June
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
A People's History of Tennis, with David Berry

Tennis is not the first sport that comes to mind when you think of socialism and sport, but between the wars there were masses of workers’ tennis clubs, set up in opposition to what was seen as a middle-class sport, with an annual competition sponsored by the TUC. These faded, postwar, but other issues arose within the sport, often to do with gender, sexuality and race. There were campaigns for equality in prize money and tennis players from Arthur Ashe onward literally changed the face of the game. In recent times many prominent women tennis players were out lesbians at a time it was difficult to be out, particularly in sport.

David Berry is a writer and a journalist, and has played tennis since the age of eleven

Entrance: £4 (£2 students), includes refreshments. Please let us know you are coming on events@fiveleaves.co.uk

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 10th June
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
No Modernism without Lesbians with Diana Souhami

The extraordinary story of how a singular group of women in a pivotal time and place – Paris – Between the Wars – fostered the birth of the Modernist movement.

Beach, Bryher, Natalie Barney, and Gertrude Stein. A trailblazing publisher; a patron of artists; a society hostess; a ground-breaking writer. They were all women who loved women. They rejected the patriarchy and made lives of their own – forming a community around them in Paris.

Modernism happened in Paris, and these women were Paris. Shocking, free, blatant, they weren’t just expats. They’d grouped together to create their own world, far from the restrictions of home. They were talented, often well-off, and lesbian. They answered to only themselves. Among them was Sylvia Beach, the American who set up the legendary Shakespeare & Co in 1919 and published Joyce’s Ulysses when nobody else dared to, as well as Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness which was burned in Britain. The shop became the unofficial meeting place of the Modernists.

Each of these four central women interacted with a myriad of others, some of the most influential, most entertaining, most shocking and most brilliant figures of the age. Diana Souhami weaves their stories into those of the four central women to create a vivid moving tapestry of life among the Modernists in pre-War Paris.

Diana Souhami is the author of Gluck: Her Biography, Gertrude and Alice, Greta and Cecil, The Trials of Radclyffe Hall (shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize for Biography and winner of the US Lambda Literary Award), Wild Girls, the bestselling Mrs Keppel and Her Daughter (also winner of the Lambda Literary Award and a New York Times `Notable Book of the Year’), Selkirk’s Island (winner of the Whitbread Biography award), Coconut Chaos, Edith Cavell (winner of the EDP-Jarrold East Anglian Book of the Year award), Murder at Wrotham Hill (shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association gold dagger for non-fiction) and the novel Gwendolen. She is a Rainbow List National Treasure.

£4.00 (£2.00 students) including refreshments, and redeemable against the book.

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
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