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Season of the Witch: goths, afternoon tea and cake with Cathi Unsworth: FULLY BOOKED, SEE BELOW FOR WAITING LIST

Season of the Witch: goths, afternoon tea and cake with Cathi Unsworth: FULLY BOOKED, SEE BELOW FOR WAITING LIST
Sunday, 18th June, 2023    
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Five Leaves Bookshop*
14a Long Row, Nottingham, NG1 2DH
Bookings closed

This event is now fully booked. Do feel free to email to go on the waiting list, in the event of cancellations or in case we move to a bigger venue: bookshop@fiveleaves.co.uk

1979. Months of industrial action throughout the winter have left the dead unburied and mountains of rubbish piling up in the streets. After ten brutal homicides and the biggest police hunt in history, the Yorkshire Ripper is still at large and preparing to strike again.Punk has reached its bleak climax with the fatal heroin overdose of Sid Vicious while awaiting trial for the murder of his girlfriend.

Unlikely alliances of outsiders prepare to seize power, set the political agenda and write the soundtrack for the years to come. Their figureheads are two very different kinds of dominatrices… As Margaret Thatcher enters 10 Downing Street, a handful of bands born of punk – Siouxsie and the Banshees, Joy Division and the Cure – find a way to distil the dissonance and darkness of the shifting decade into a new form of music. Pushing at the taboos the Sex Pistols had unlocked and dancing with the fetishistic, all will become global stars of goth.

By the time Thatcher is cast out of office in 1990, the arrival of goth will have imprinted on the cultural landscape as much as the Iron Lady herself.

Now, forty years since its inception, author Cathi Unsworth provides the first comprehensive overview of the music, context and lasting legacy of goth. This is the story of how goth was shaped by the politics of the era – from the miners’ strikes and privatisation to the Troubles and AIDS – as well as how its rock ‘n’ roll outlaw imagery and innovative, atmospheric music cross-pollinated throughout Britain and internationally, speaking to a generation of alienated youths.

Cathi Unsworth – an old friend of Five Leaves’ publishing division – is a crime writer, editor and a journalist.  She began her career on the legendary music weekly Sounds at the age of 19 and has worked as a writer and editor for many other music, film and arts magazines since, including The GuardianFinancial TimesFortean Times, BizarreMelody MakerMojoUncutVolume and Deadline.

Her new book Season of the Witch: the book of goth is newly published in hardback

Ticket prices include afternoon tea and cake

Feel free to dress goth style, but that is not at all essential!

Photo courtesy Etienne Gilfillan


Bookings are closed for this event.