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Date/Time Event
Tuesday, 6th October
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Poetry and memoir from Clare Best and Robert Hamberger

In the first half Clare and Robert will read from their Waterloo Press poetry collections, Each Other and Blue Wallpaper. Clare’s poems are of love and its endurance while Robert also writes love poems, his signature being the sonnet. He was also published by Five Leaves in our poetry publishing days!

Clare’s memoir is The Missing List (Linen Press), of which Andrea Samuelson wrote:

... In the process of caring for her father during his terminal illness Clare Best finds herself remembering the abuse she suffered… She hopes he will acknowledge what he did so that they can both achieve some closure before he dies. The story is gradually revealed through scraps of information – old ciné films, imagined lists of rules, conversations…                                         


In 1841 the ‘peasant poet’ John Clare escapes from an asylum in Epping Forest and walks home to Northamptonshire. In 1995, with his life in crisis and his own mental health fragile, Robert decides to retrace Clare’s route along the Great North Road… Part memoir, part travel-writing, part literary criticism, A Length of Road is an exploration of class, gender, grief and sexuality through the author’s own experiences and through the autobiographical writing of Clare.


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


Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Saturday, 7th November
10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Nottingham Radical Bookfair

Mark the date!

25 tables of books, eight free talks, cafe on site

Last year at least 400 people came to our third radical bookfair, many staying most of the day to attend the talks by local, regional and national speakers.  We already have stall bookings from Northern Herald Books, Nottingham People’s History, Sparrow’s Nest, Ex-Libris, Motts and Derbyshire Labour History Society and the Anarchist Communist Group!

Please get in touch if you are interest in a stall.

Venue: Mechanics Institute,  3 North Sherwood St, Nottingham NG1 4EZ.

The Mechanics Institute rooms are full accessible.

Free, not tickets or booking required.

Last years talks concentrated on class, labour history and race with speakers including Priyamvada Gopal, Animik Saha, the group behind Prison: a survival guide and Five Leaves’ own Andrew Graves. Previous radical bookfairs have included talks on diversity in children’s picture books and travels in Eastern Europe! What will we do in 2020?

Speakers in 2020 include Dana Mills on Rosa Luxemburg

Venue: Nottingham Mechanics Institute, Nottingham