RED DWARF’S ROBERT LLEWELLYN JOINS NEWS FROM NOWHERE IN DISSENT
News from Nowhere, Liverpool’s unique Radical & Community Bookshop continues its 40th Birthday celebrations with a one-off
WeBe40 Radical Bookfair & Spaces of Dissent
Sunday 1st June at theBluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool 1 from 11am to 6pm
There will be three Spaces of Dissent throughout the day:
Poetry as Dissent at 12noon features Steph Pike & Clare Shaw, both powerful and uncompromising wordsmiths, who have audiences laughing, crying, enraged … and often all three.
Radical Bookselling, Radical Times at 2pm features Ross Bradshaw, radical booktrade historian and Bob Dent, News from Nowhere’s founder, enlightening us on the way in which radical bookshops have interacted with and reflected the politics of the times.
Fiction as Dissent at 4pm will feature Robert Llewellyn. Robert played Kryten in Red Dwarf and was the presenter of Scrapheap Challenge, but is now also the author of an eco-utopian trilogy, “News from Gardenia” inspired by William Morris’s “News from Nowhere” from which we took our name. In addition we have Desiree Reynolds, a Black British novelist whose stunning debut novel, “Seduce”, will amuse, challenge and delight with itsCaribbean setting and wonderful patois language.
We also have Subversive Children’s Storytelling sessions in the Garden at 12.30pm and 2.30pm with Andy Johnson &Jennifer Verson.
Along with Liverpool Socialist Singers at 1.30pm, Sense of Sound Singers at 3.30pm, Stan the Harp and various theatrical interventions, a great day is guaranteed for all lovers of literature, culture and freedom.
In addition, the current Bluecoat display of News from Nowhere’s archives continues throughout the day, we will have projections from our Live Reportage artist Sam Galbraith, an interactive Memories of News from Nowhere game, and our famous Bolshie Bargain Bookstall will tempt the crowds in via the front courtyard.
Expect special offers, a cornucopia of words and plenty of dissent!
The whole day is free, but (free) tickets are required from the Bluecoat for the three Spaces of Dissent sessions.
Conchies, Bolshies and a Red Dwarf
For a legendary Liverpool bookshop, Mayday 2014 will see life finally begin in earnest, as it clocks up 40 years of bookselling in the city centre. This iconic enterprise has seen four different locations and survived fascist attacks, multiple recessions, unscrupulous landlords, and the near-decimation of the booktrade by a certain online monster, as the bookshop’s women’s cooperative (the real Amazons) continues serving Liverpool and beyond with the best in radical, grassroots literature and information, in the Bold St building they now own.
To celebrate, News from Nowhere are holding a number of flagship events around the themes of “No Glory” and “Spaces of Dissent” – all free and open to all in the spirit of communal and collective endeavour.
Saturday 3rd May at the Adelphi will see the WeBe40 Birthday Party roll out an impressive international roster of music from Dead Belgian (beautiful Jacques Brel interpretations), Saytr Play (Liverpool debut from a very current and talented young threesome), Bolshy (Liverpool’s very own street ska pranksters) and the River Niger Orchestra (majestic West African grooves), all rounded off with DJ Andy Healey’s global beats. It all kicks off at 5pm, following on from the Liverpool Trades Union Council’s “Liverpool: City of Working Class Resistance” Mayday event in the Adelphi, and will see NfN’s (peaceful) army of supporters and friends dancing late into the night.
On Thursday 8th May at 7pm News from Nowhere will play host to a highly-anticipated Writing on the Wall event with Orwell Prize shortlisted Jay Griffiths, author of Wild: an Elemental Journey, Kith: the Riddle of the Childscape and Love Letter from a Stray Moon, her latest novel based on the life of Frida Kahlo.
On Light Night Friday 16th May we will be Celebrating the Peacemakers with our tribute to conscientious objectors, including much origami paper crane making!
Mandy Vere says:
“Central to Bold Street’s revival and a major tourist attraction with national and international visitors citing it as a crucial destination, News from Nowhere is proud to be a space of dissent in arguably the most dissenting city in the country. We will continue to assert that there is no glory ever in war, and will always stand firmly on the side of the marginalized and the oppressed, while celebrating the human and cultural riches of our proud city of immigrants.”
Further information: Mandy Vere, News from Nowhere Bookshop, 96 Bold St, Liverpool, L1 4HY
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