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Wednesday 10th April, 7pm

'Women's Struggle in the Workplace' with Sally Groves and Louise Raw
Wednesday 17th April, 7pm

Anthony Howell launches 'Consciousness (with Mutilation)'
Wednesday 24th April, 7pm

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Thursday 25th April, 7pm

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'4 Brown Girls Who Write'
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Neoism, Plagiarism and Praxis

Stewart Home (AK Press, 1995)


This book is concerned with what's been happening at the cutting edge of culture since the demise of Fluxus and the Situationists. It provides inside information on the Neoists, Plagiarists, Art Strikers, London Psychogeographical Association, K Foundation and other groups that are even more obscure. Rather than offering a continuous narrative, the text is made up of articles, manifestos, lectures and essays.

"Home is a novelist, art agitator and documentor of art - terrorism....The art terrorist's art terrorist" (Modern Review 1995)

"Home puts us in his debt by opening a fresh paradigm for avant-garde activity today" (Art Forum, 1995)

Down & Out in Shoreditch and Hoxton

Stewart Home (Do-Not-Press, 2004)


Down and Out in Shoreditch and Hoxton is a slice-and-dice splatter novel in which time-travelling streetwalkers hump their way from the trendy east London of today back to the skid row mutilations of the Jack The Ripper era.

As gentrification forces the hookers from their age-old beat along Commercial and Wentworth Streets, they don Victorian widows' weeds and ply their trade in local graveyards. Amid these psychogeographical dislocations, warm blood isn't the only thing that gets sucked by the night creatures who haunt Home's anti-narrative. This is without doubt the weirdest book ever written, the illegitimate offspring of the Marquis De Sade balling a post-modern literary extremist at a ladies of gangster rap convention. (It also reveals the true identity of Jack The Ripper).

"A repellant, sick psychodrama that is sadistic, morally reprehensible and has no redeeming features whatsoever. I loved it!" Kathy Acker

"I really don't think anyone who is at all interested in the study of literature has any business not knowing the work of Stewart Home" (London Review of Books)

"An author with a deranged, subversive grip on literary form and an envious skill for describing harsh landscape sparingly and beautifully" (The Times)

Confusion Incorporated: A Collection of Lies, Hoaxes and Hidden Truths

Stewart Home (Codex Books, 1999)


Devon and Cornwall police arrested KLF star Jimmy Cauty on an arms warrant after reading a hoax report in which Stewart Home claimed the pop musician had shown him an arsenal of weapons!

Journalist Charlotte O'Sullivan read about Glop Art in an article by Stewart Home and produced a feature on the movement for the Observer without ever realising that the piece she'd ripped off was a hoax!

These are just two of the many amazing responses to the hilarious journalistic deceptions of arch wind-up merchant Stewart Home. The imaginative, the complicated, the subtle, the funny - the very, very funny - comprise the subject matter of this compendium of articles and lectures. Regardless of whether he is being crude, rude or devious, Home hits his targets with deadly accuracy and side-splitting effect. Drawing on sources as diverse as the philosophy of Hegel and the comedy of Lenny Bruce, the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen and the statuesque celebrity of Pamela Anderson Lee, Home uses humour to illuminate contemporary culture.

Things to do with a Dead Princess

Stewart Home (Canongate Books, 2002)


This is where the novel has a nervous breakdown. Anna Noon is a twenty-year-old student with a taste for perverse sex involving an enigmatic older man and a ventriloquist's dummy. Anna lives in Aberdeen and her sex life revolves around the ancient stone circles in this region. The sublime grandeur of the stones provides a backdrop against which Anna is able to act out her provocative psychodramas.

This is a book about the body in which the carnal is a manifestation of consciousness: a book in which it is virtually impossible to distinguish the ancient from the post-modern.

Drawing on literary and continental philosophy, as well as pulp appropriations, 69 Things to do with a Dead Princess suggests that schizophrenia may well be the only sane response to capitalism.

"Home is hilarious, brilliant, annoying, and in this novel he meets his maker, Modernism, [and] comes up with...a new and original map for inventive readers" (Lynne Tillman)

Home..."is the most interesting writer to come out of England for quite a while" (Harper's - New York)

The Risks We Run: Mining, Communites and Political Risk Insurance

Roger Moody (International Books, 2005)


Fear is big business, as insurance brokers devise new policies to cover the consequences of tsunamis, adverse climate change "terrorist" attacks and similar events. But one form of insurance is hardly ever talked about, while its (public) providers and its beneficiaries are relatively unknown. "Political Risk Insurance" (or PRI) is provided, not to people but to large scale industrial projects which may actually increase the risks to neighbouring communities.

This book is the first major critique of PRI, as applied specifically to the mining industry. Benefitting from his own long experience of mining's impacts, and citing informed testimony from six different countries, the author presents a compelling case for doing away with PRI altogether.

Roger Moody is the founder of Minewatch International and managing editor of the Mines and Communities Network.

Headpress 28: The Gospel according to Unpopular Culture

Signed by John Sinclair (Headpress, 2008)


This is a remodelled Mk II version of Headpress 28. The plates for the original Headpress 28, ready for the printers, were destroyed in the night by fire by monster dogs, or "Headpress Panthers" as they call themselves.

A spokesperson for the "Panthers" said nothing, but it is understood the action was a protest against the abundance of colour in the original edition, what the Panthers considered "a triumph of form over content".

Sixteen pages salvaged from the fire appear in the middle of the book - Headpress 28 marks the fortieth anniversary of the original White Panthers movement.

John Sinclair, one time manager of the MC5 and leader of the White Panther Party, was sentenced to ten years in prison in 1969 for giving two joints of marijuana to an undercover cop. His case received international attention when John Lennon immortalised him in a song and performed at a benefit gig on his behalf in 1971, along with Stevie Wonder, Allen Ginsberg and others.

Three days later John Sinclair was released.

Railway Lands: Catching St Pancras and King's Cross

Angela Inglis (Troubadour Publishing, 2007)


Railway Lands shows the beauty and dismemberment of a Victorian transport complex in London of canal, rail and horse drawn vehicles, preparatory to the biggest development in Western Europe. It captures the art and endeavour, in brick and metal, with which yesterday's engineers responded to the challenge of the industrial revolution, and records how today's developers collude with this heritage.

Final Silence

Ronald Flores (Aflame Books, 2008)

A young psychologist escapes the traumatic reality of war-torn Guatemala and forges a succesful career in the United States treating victims of torture. But he is unable to settle back down to a life of emotional stability and is drawn back to his homeland as it edges hesitantly towards peace after three decades of slaughter. One of his first patients is a battle-hardened military torturer desperate to exculpate himself, yet well versed in psychological warfare.

Final Silence is a compelling drama that explores the emotional terror that blighted a generation. For the psychologist who fled civil war, coming home opens old wounds. For the general who measures success by the bodycount, reconciliation is a minefield of guilt.

Conflict continues to lurk beneath the surface as this quest for personal harmony takes an unexpected turn....

Hot and Other Stories

Elizabeth Carola (Siren Press, 2008)


Ten stories set in Hackney. Ten intertwined lives. A dole officer learns how to poach rabbits. A banker's devotion to his allotment threatens his day job. An advice worker wrestles with parasites. A jilted lover speculates on the nature of torture. A teacher meets a mysterious stranger. A group of climate activists fail to organise a piss up in the brewery of (very) late capitalism.

  How we live now.

In the words of Muriel Spark, for those of you who like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing you will like.

A Clockwork Apple

Belinda Webb (Burning House, 2008)


Alex is an anti-heroine for the twenty-first century. She'd rather have all her nails pulled out than read the literature promoted by the Blytons of this world. She runs rampage through the streets of a dystopic Manchester with her girl gang, and her main aim is to feed her Phrontistry, that is, her dream factory.

In Alex's world, the State imposes its control through addiction therapy and the blunt administrations of female police and social workers. Men have long since ceased to have any influence. The muvvas spend all day in the Old Duchess of New York, and dark confrontations take place in Whitworth Park, the old raping ground of the red light walkers.

Alex has never conformed to type. She is an individual, energised by her Angria. But when she is faced with the charge of addiction - alcohol/drugs/violence/whatever - then the battle really begins.

City of Widows: An Iraqi Woman's Account of War and Resistance

Haifa Zangana (Seven Stories Press, 2007)


In 1958, when Haifa Zangana was just eight years old, Iraqis flooded the streets in celebration of their newfound, hard-won freedom from British colonial rule, which had begun in 1917. Zangana then came of age in one of the most open societies in the Middle East - until it was shut down in the 1970s by the tyrannical, yet secular, Ba'ath Party. Joining in armed struggle against Saddam Hussein, Zangana was captured, imprisoned, and tortured as a young woman. She was released from Abu Ghraib after six months of detention, and has lived in exile ever since.

In City of Widows: An Iraqi Woman's Account of War and Resistance, Zangana tells the story of her country, from the early twentieth century through the US-UK invasion and the current occupation. She brings to light a sense of Iraq as a society mainly of secularists who have been denied, through years of sanctions, warr, and occupatio, a system within which to build the country according to their own values. She points to the long history of political activism and social participation of Iraqi women, and the fact that they have been among the most liberated of their gender in the Middle East. She indicts many of the nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) who have swooped in since the 2003 invasion, promoting a colonial feminism that is irrelevant to Iraqi women today. Finally, she writes about Baghdad today as a city populated by bereaved women and children who have had their loved ones and their land, but who are still emboldened by the native right to resist and liberate themselves to create an independent Iraq.