Free Programme of Events 2018

The London Radical Bookfair hosts the ceremonies for the Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing and the Little Rebels Children’s Book Award. Throughout the day, nominated authors from both awards will be giving talks at the fair. All talks will take place in Rooms RHB137, RHB137a, RHB300 and RHB300a, close to the bookstalls. These rooms are fully accessible.



Nasty Women panel with Nadine Aisha and Kristy Diaz (2 to 3.30pm)

**Due to unforeseen circumstances, we regret to announce this panel has been cancelled**
NASTYWOMENFrom working class experience to sexual assault, being an immigrant, divides in Trump’s America, Brexit, pregnancy, contraception, Repeal the 8th, identity, family, finding a voice, punk, role models, fetishisation, power – this timely book covers a vast range of being a woman today. Four of the contributors to the collection share their thoughts.

Little Rebels: Radical Fiction for Children (from 4 to 5pm)

Shortlistees from the 2018 Little Rebels Children’s Book Award – authors Sita Brahmachari (Tender Earth), Elizabeth Laird (Welcome to Nowhere), Gill Lewis (Sky Dancer), Zanib Mian (The Muslims), and Jessica Spanyol (Clive is a Nurse) – join author Patrice Lawrence to talk about their shortlisted books.

What makes a children’s book radical? Is radical children’s fiction more necessary than ever? From smashing gender stereotypes to defending the environment to challenging prejudices, this panel explores the ways in which young readers can be inspired to change the world.

Find out more about the Little Rebels Award here:


‘Sound System: The Political Power of Music’ with Dave Randall (1 to 2pm)
Dave sound system

Musicians have often wanted to change the world. From underground grime artists to pop icons, many have believed in the political power of music. Rulers recognise it too. Music has been used to unsettle the most fundamental political and social conventions and to prop up the status-quo. Years of touring, playing and protesting have given Dave Randall a unique insider’s view of the music industry, enabling him to shed light on the secrets of celebrity, commodification and culture. This is a book of raves, riots and revolution. From the Glastonbury Festival to the Arab Spring, Pop Idol to Trinidadian Carnival, Randall finds political inspiration across the musical spectrum and poses the question: how can we make music serve the interests of the many, rather than the few?

austerity‘The Violence of Austerity’ with editors Vickie Cooper and David Whyte (2 to 3pm)

In The Violence of Austerity, Vickie Cooper and David Whyte bring together the voices of campaigners and academics including Danny Dorling, Mary O’Hara and Rizwaan Sabir to show that rather than stimulating economic growth, austerity policies have led to a dismantling of the social systems that operated as a buffer against economic hardship, exposing austerity to be a form of systematic violence.

Covering a range of famous cases of institutional violence in Britain, the book argues that police attacks on the homeless, violent evictions in the rented sector, the risks faced by people on workfare schemes, community violence in Northern Ireland and cuts to the regulation of social protection, are all being driven by reductions in public sector funding. The result is a shocking expose of the myriad ways in which austerity policies harm people in Britain.

Potent Whisper (from 3 to 4pm)


Potent Whisper is a London based rapper, Spoken Word artist and community organiser. He recently published The Rhyming Guide to Grenfell Britain with Dog Section Press

‘Stuart Hall, Familiar Stranger – A Life Between Two Islands’ with Bill Schwarz (4 to 5pm)
Familiar Stragner
Stuart Hall (1932–2014) was one of the most prominent and influential scholars and public intellectuals of his generation. He was a prolific writer and speaker and a public voice for critical intelligence and social justice. He taught at the University of Birmingham and the Open University, was the founding editor of New Left Review, and served as the director of Birmingham’s Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies during its most creative and influential decade.   Full of passion and wisdom, Familiar Stranger is the intellectual memoir of one of our greatest minds.

Bill Schwarz, who co-authored the book will be reflecting on his friend’s life and legacy. Bill is Professor of English at Queen Mary University of London, author of Memories of Empire, Volume I: The White Man’s World, an editor of History Workshop Journal,  and alongside Catherine Hall is Stuart Hall’s literary executor.


Jacaranda Presents (from 1 to 4pm)


Jacaranda is an exciting independent publishing house whose books cross linguistic, racial, gender and cultural boundaries. Jacaranda aim to represent the cultural and ethnic diversity and heritage that can be found in London, with a particular interest in works related to Africa, the Caribbean, and the experiences of those peoples in the Diaspora. They also seek provocative, inspirational writing that shines a light on issues affecting ethnic minorities, women, and young people, and tackles contemporary social issues. Jacaranda will be running three separate events in room RHB300 at the bookfair under the rubric Jacaranda Presents:

-War to Windrush (1 to 2pm) Information to follow

-Twenty in 2020 (2 to 3pm) Jacaranda Books, in partnership with Words of Colour Productions, has launched an initiative to publish 20 Black British writers in the year 2020 across adult fiction, non-fiction and poetry. The publisher, which prides itself for being diversity-led, said it was looking to focus its vision for the development and exposure of black British talent

-A New Narrative on Pakistan (3 to 4pm) Information to follow

Anarchist Communist Group: Land and Liberty (from 4 to 5pm)

The Anarchist Communist Group will discuss ‘Land and liberty’, a key anarchist slogan through-out the world.This talk will make the case for land justice to be at the heart of our struggles, both to have common ownership but also liberty to organise how we use the land for the benefit of all. There will be some historical and international examples as well as examples from London.


SWARM and ECP: Workshop on Sex Work and Decriminalisation (from 1 to 2pm)

SWARM (Sex Work Advocacy and Resistance Movement) is a collective founded and led by sex workers who believe in self-determination, solidarity and co-operation. They campaign for the rights and safety of everyone who sells sexual services. They organise skill-shares and support meet-ups just for sex workers, as well as public events. SWARM is UK based and part of the global sex worker led movement advocating the full decriminalisation of sex work.

ECP (English Collective of Prostitutes) is a self-help group of sex workers working both on the streets and indoors. Since 1975, they have been campaigning for decriminalisation and safety. They fight against being treated like criminals. They’ve helped sex workers of all genders win against charges of soliciting, brothel-keeping & controlling – the last two most often used against women who are working together for safety. They campaign against austerity cuts and for housing and other survival resources so that anyone can leave prostitution if and when they want.

**No filming or photography during the SWARM and ECP workshop please**

Sugar, Sugar: Bitter-sweet Tales of Indian Migrant Workers with Lainey Malkani (from 2 to 3pm) 

Author Lainey Malkani will be discussing her book Sugar Sugar: Bitter-sweet Tales of Indian Migrant Workers which tells the story of Indian migrant workers, who first left the Sub-Continent more than a hundred and fifty years ago, and their descendants now living in contemporary Britain.

Sugar Sugar is a contemporary collection of short stories based on facts which reveals a rich and culturally diverse history behind India’s migrant workers and one of the most abundant and controversial commodities in the world. Inspired by historical documents between 1838 and 1917, and the living memories of the descendants of indentured workers, Sugar Sugar spans five continents, travelling through time uncovering inspiring tales of courage and resilience.
Lainy Malkani is a successful London born journalist with Indo-Caribbean roots. Her critically acclaimed two-part series for BBC Radio 4, Sugar, Saris and Green Bananas,  inspired her to create this collection of short stories. She is fascinated by the lives of unsung heroes in our society. In 2012 she set up the Social History Hub to bring their stories to life. Lainy is a writer, broadcaster and presenter of the Social History Hub podcast. She has written for the British Library, the Commonwealth and the BBC.


Wildcat Movie (from 4 to 5pm)

As part of this year’s London Radical Book Fair, Adam Lewis Jacob has been invited to screen his latest film Wildcat. The film focuses on the life and work of the English anarchist cartoonist and writer Donald Rooumrouum cat

“A portrait of writer and cartoonist Donald Rooum (born 1928 in Bradford, UK), Adam Lewis Jacob’s 2017 film Wildcat reanimates Rooum’s long-running anarchist comic strip of the same name while leading to different trajectories and courses of inquiry. The Revolting Pussycat, the same ‘wildcat’ of the comic’s title  jumps off the page, stepping outside of Rooum’s comics and into the real world in various two- and three-dimensional forms, becoming a catalyst for discussion of topics like social justice, performance, the politics of music and the place of anarchism in contemporary society.”  – Herb Shellenberger, curator and writer based in London.

The screening will begin at 4pm and will be followed by a discussion between Donald and Adam.

POETRY CORNER: “Dictators are always afraid of poets” – Ursula Le Guin 

Housmans’ writer in residence Eleanor Penny will be running a day long Poetry Corner at the London Radical Bookfair. Situated at the entrance, poets will be performing throughout the day, their words will take inspiration from Le Guin’s assertation that “Dictators are always afraid of poets”.


Ursula Le Guin

Poetry Corner will also feature a small group of stalls dedicated to poetry zines and publications where attendees are invited to meet and chat with the poets.

Performance Times

12:30-12-45 Joshua Judson

13:15-13:30 Zahrah Sheikh

14:00-14:15 Ari Haque

14:45-15:00 Anna Kahn

15:30-15:45 Ruth Sutoye

16:15-16:30 Eleanor Penny

17:00-17:15 Momtaza Mehri

More info here.

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