Upcoming events: 24-27 June
24 June, 2019
CELEBRATION Islington Active Health Social Day. Celebrate the day with fun and games, information on what local organisations have to offer, and exercise sessions. Elizabeth House Community Centre, 2 Hurlock Street, N5. Free. 12.30pm-2.30pm.
TALK Rebel Footprints: A Guide to Uncovering London’s Radical History. Author David Rosenberg brings to life the history of social movements in the capital, telling the story of protest and struggle in London from the early 19th to the mid-20th century. From the suffragettes to the socialists, from the Chartists to the trade unionists, Rosenberg invites us to step into the footprints of a diverse cast of dedicated fighters for social justice. Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, N1. 020 7837 4473. £3. Visit www.billetto.co.uk to book. 7pm-8.30pm.
CLASS An Introduction to Marxism: Marxism and History. Focusing on the fundamentals of Marxism and its relevance to the issues of today, such as the changing nature of work and exploitation, austerity and the gig economy, racism, women’s oppression, class society, revolution and climate change. Marx Memorial Library and Workers’ School, 37A Clerkenwell Green, EC1. 020 7253 1485. £5/£3. 7pm.
TALK Writing Women: Reviving Kana Shodo (“Woman-Hand”). Celebrating National Writing Day, Kaoru Akagawa, a master of Japanese calligraphy, tells the story of Kana Shodo, which was developed and used by noblewomen to express themselves freely within the constraints of 10th-century Japanese court life. Senate House, Malet Street, WC1. 020 7862 8683. Free. 6pm-7pm.
TALK Herminio Martinez: One of the “Basque Children” tells his story. Herminio Martinez, one of the 4,000 child refugees from the Spanish Civil War, remembers his experiences. This talk explores the Basque Children’s story with highlights from the Marx Memorial Library archive collection. Islington Local History Centre, 245 Saint John Street, EC1. Free. 6.30pm-8pm.
TALK Waiting for the Revolution: The British Far Left from 1956. Talk focusing on a volume of essays examining the diverse currents of British left-wing politics from 1956 to the present day. Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, N1. 020 7837 4473. £3, redeemable against any purchase on the evening. Visit www.billetto.co.uk to book. 7pm-8.30pm.
BOOK LAUNCH Red Star Over the Third World. Join Vijay Prashad for the launch of his new book, which explains the ideological power of the October Revolution in the Global South. Marx Memorial Library and Workers’ School, 37A Clerkenwell Green, EC1. 020 7253 1485. 6.30pm.
CELEBRATION Joseph Bazalgette’s Birthday Party. A celebration to mark the 200th birthday of the great engineer who helped create London’s sewer system. London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, EC1. 020 7332 3820. Free. 2pm-3pm.
DISCUSSION The Bible as Literature. Looking at the Bible as a work of literature, without religious agenda. This month focusing on Revelation. Ink@84, 84 Highbury Park, Highbury East, N5. 020 7686 8388. Free. 6pm-8pm.