Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Diary - More November Events

To Thursday November 15. Castle Pub Consultation. 2 week Public Consultation being laid on by the Defend the Castle Campaign group to show an alternative Vision for the Castle public house, Battersea High St. Visit the Castle website for additional details. The developer’s threat to the pub was highlighted by Jane Ellison, Battersea’s M.P. in the recent Parliamentary beer duty debate.

Saturday 10 November. 7.30pm. Music by Scott Joplin, Duke Ellington and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor & contemporary works for Flute Choir by Kathleen Mayne, Nancy Nourse and Kelly Via St Clement with St Peter Church, Friern Road (entrance on Barry Road), East Dulwich, SE22. Tickets £8 (£5 conc.) on the door; £5 (£3.50 conc.) in advance from 

Sunday 11 November . 2-4pm. Ramsay Mac Donald. Talk by Bob Harrison. WEA Politicians, Thinkers and Activists Study Group. Peoples Bookshop, Durham.  

Monday 12 November. 5.30pm. Georges Cheron and the 1936 Hotchkiss factory soviet. Talk by Chris Blakey. London Socialist Historians Group Seminar, Senate House. Malet St/Russell Square, London, WC1. Convenor Keith Flett comments: ‘As discussion focuses on Obama's victory and policies to deal with capitalist crisis, an historical perspective from the 1930s will be of particular interest.’ 

Tuesday 13 November. 1.30pm. Act 47. Anniversary – an act of memory. Solo, collective and multi-lingual recitations from memory of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights a performance series in 60 Acts. Monica Ross and Children from Class 4, The Cathedral Primary School of St Saviour and St Mary Overy. Public Performance in the Nave. Southwark Cathedral, London, SE1. 

Tuesday 13 November. 6.30pm. Is Equality Lite the new UK human rights standard. Speakers: Prof Sir Bob Hepple, QC,  & Baroness Jane Campbell. Chair: Lord Judd of Portsea. Room 4a, House of Lords. All are welcome. Please allow 20 minutes to pass through the security zone. Enter by the Cromwell Garden entrance. For further information: contact David Wardrop. 020 7385 6738 or 

Tuesday 13 November. 7pm. Refugees, Capitalism and the British State. Launch of Tom Vickers’ book. People’s Bookshop, Durham. To book email: or phone 0191 384 4399.

Tuesday 13 November. 7pm. Tyne View. Michael Chaplin talks about his new book. To mark the culmination of Michael’s two-year residency at Port of Tyne, he undertook a walk along the banks of the Tyne from South Shields to Wylam and then back to the North Sea at Tynemouth. He was joined on the walk by poet Christy Ducker, illustrator Birtley Aris, and photographer Charles Bell. The result is Tyne View, a personal portrait of the Tyne and the people who live beside it, through text and images. The contributors have told the story of the Tyne, vital life source of the region, through the eyes of those who’ve lived its history. The book will be available at the meeting and from Meeting at Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 

Tuesday 13 November. 7.30pm. Tooting History Group Meeting. Tooting Progressive Club. 227 Mitcham Road (Amen Corner), SW17.

Wednesday 14 November. 2pm. Women's Freedom League: the forgotten suffragettes. Michael Herbert talk. Working Class Movement Library, 51 The Crescent, Salford, M5.

Thursday 15 November. Closing date for proposals for Sports History lecture series to be held during the first half of 2013 at the University of Glasgow organised by the British Society of Sports History – Scottish Network. The series seeks to highlight new work in the field of sport and leisure history – within Scotland and abroad – broadly defined. Papers from emerging scholars, local historians, as well as museum and heritage practitioners, would be particularly welcome. Proposals up to 200 words) for talks should be sent to BSSH Scotland (email:

Thursday 15 November. 6.30pm. Does Your Rabbi Know You’re Here? The Story of English Football’s Forgotten Tribe. “Jews don't do football. Or at least, they don't play it.” Drawing on his new book, Does Your Rabbi Know You’re Here? Anthony Clavane dispels this popular myth to reveal the hidden history of Jewish involvement in English football. He argues that football’s transformation from working-class pursuit into a global industry would not have been possible without such forgotten Jewish figures as Harry Morris, Leslie Goldberg, Morris Keston and Edward Freedman. Their untold stories, as well as the more familiar rags to riches tales of David Dein, David Pleat and Alan Sugar, are emblematic of an immigrant community’s successful integration into British Society. In this talk, Clavane draws on interviews with football fans, directors, agents, hangers-on, players and managers, to explore the influential role played by Jewish sportsmen and entrepreneurs in the development of the modern game, from Louis Bookman, an eastern European immigrant who became the first Jew to play in the top flight in the early 1900s, to David Bernstein, the present chairman of the FA. Birkbeck Sport Business Seminar, Senate House, Malet St/Russell Square, London, WC1.                                                                                              

Friday 16 November. 2-4pm. The Motherland Calls - Britain's Black Servicemen & Women 1939-45. Launch of Stephen Bourne’s new book published by The History Press. BFI Southbank (National Film Theatre). Stephen will introduce screenings of two BBC TV programmes about Britain's black WW2 veterans: Here Say (1990) and Reunion (1993). Admission is free for Over 60s. £5 for everyone else. He will sign copies of the book afterwards.

Friday 16 November. 7pm. The African Presence in Ancient Asia. Conversation with Dr Runoko Rashidi on his new book. Introduction by Robin Walker. Dooglebud’s Bistro (delicious hot food on sale), 79 Whitehorse Road, Croydon, CRO. ENTERTAINMENT by “BASS-ORATORY” . Organised by Croydon Supplementary Education Project & Windrush Foundation. Free entrance. Books on sale. To reserve your text 07508903634 Or call Jacinth Martin at CSEP on 0208 686 7865 or email

Saturday 17 November. 10.30am-1pm. Rambling and working class leisure in the nineteenth and twentieth century Britain. Society for the Study of Labour History Annual Conference, followed by its AGM. Free to SSLH members; non-members £8, including lunch. Working Class Movement Library. 51 The Crescent, Salford, M5. To reserve a place and lunch please email 

Saturday 17 November. 7.45pm. Kubla Khan by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. Hayes Philharmonic Choir; Rodney Williams, conductor. Programme includes Three Elizabethan Part-Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams, an extract from HMS Pinafore by Gilbert & Sullivan, and The Gypsy Rover arr. Havelock Nelson, together with some solo pieces. Hayes Parish Church, Hayes, Kent, BR2 7LH. Tickets £10 (concessions £8; school age children £2). Box Office: 07989 192928 or on the door. Hayes Parish Church is on the 119 bus route from Croydon (nearest stop at the George pub in Hayes) and the 353 from Addington Village also stops nearby. Alternatively, trams to Elmers End link with the railway line to Hayes Station, which is about 10 mins walk from the church.  

Sunday 18 November. 2-4pm. Nye Bevan Talk by Ben Sellers. WEA Politicians. Thinkers and Activists Study Group. Peoples Bookshop, Durham. 

Monday 19 November. 6.45 for 7.15pm. Lambeth's first libraries: an architectural tour. Robert Drake, Secretary of the Twentieth Century Society, talks about the development of Lambeth's public libraries in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, from an architectural and design perspective. Light refreshments. Everyone welcome. No admission charge, but a £2 donation towards costs is invited. Friends of Durning Library. Durning Library, 167 Kennington Lane, SE11. 

Thursday 22 November. 6pm . China's Rise: Strength and Fragility. Talk by author. Au Loong-Yu. To book email: or phone 0191 384 4399. 

Thursday 22 November. 6.30pm. Inaugural Professorial Lecture ‘The Politics of Black Bodies in Lancashire and the Atlantic World: The Legacy of Ghostly Mementoes and the Redemptive Power of Guerrilla Memorialisation’ by Alan Rice, Professor in English and American Studies. Harrington Lecture Theatre,  University of Central Lancashire, Preston. There will be post-lecture refreshments at 7.30pm. The talk will examine a series of local North-Western black presences and their global resonances. From the lives and remains of black servants in the eighteenth century, through memorials and monuments to these and other black sojourners in Britain by contemporary artists, the talk will examine the legacies of the Black Atlantic and their resonances for us all today. 

Friday 23 November. 5pm. 'A People's History of the Second World War'. Donny Gluckstein will talk about his book. To book email: or phone 0191 384 4399.

Friday 23 November. 7.30pm. A Celebration of John Ireland (d. 1962) and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (d. 1912). London Song Festival Event. St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden London, WC2E. There is also an entrance in Bedford St off the Strand. Tickets at £15 and £10 are on sale from or by phone on 0871 221 0260. Lead singers: Sylvie Bedouelle (mezzo-soprano) and Gary Griffiths (baritone). The publicity states: ‘Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was an Anglo-African composer who died aged 37 having fought racism, found fame as the composer of Hiawatha's Wedding Feast and since sunk into unjustified neglect. John Ireland is one of England's most characteristic composers of Song.’ While this concert clashes with the Croydon Festival event that evening I am in touch with the organisers and with their support I will be there to sell Jeff’s booklet. Hopefully this event will attract people from parts of London who would not normally consider coming to Croydon. The Church is the Actors’ Church and is well worth visiting in its own right. It is the annual venue for the Prisoners’ Education Trust Carol Concert. There are plenty of restaurants nearby if you want to make an evening out of the event. Full Festival details on 

Friday 23 November. 8pm. The Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Story. Croydon Festival talk by Charles Elford, author of the novel Black Mahler followed by a short recital of some of SC-T’s songs sung by Patricia Robertson and Paul Sheehan. Braithwaite Hall, (Croydon Town Hall), Katharine Street. Tickets: £8 from 020 8657 7909 or at the door. This is an event in the Croydon Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Festival. 

Saturday 24 November. 10am. 'Their Crisis - Our Solution: An Alternative Economic & Social Strategy'. North East Morning Star Readers & Supporters Group's Autumn Conference. Wallsend Memorial Hall & Peoples Centre. Plenary session on 'Defeating The Coalition' (Ian Lavery,MP & Bernie Keaveney – Morning Star), ‘Trade Unions & The Wider Politic' (Prof Gregor Gall and Karen Reay - Unite Regional Secretary) and 'The Fight-back An Alternative Economic & Social Strategy' (Bill Greenshields - Peoples Charter and Shirley Ford - Green Party). Workshops on Community Campaigning, Policing of the Future, Defending the NHS, Globalisation and Transport. Tickets will be waged £5/£8 unwaged £3/£6. More details and publicity will be available nearer the date.  

Saturday 24 November. 1.30-5pm. West London Labour History Day. Talks Ireland 1912 – 1922 - Ivan Gibbons (Director of Irish Studies, St. Mary’s University College); The Great Depression 1929 - 1931 Revisited – Mick Brooks (author of Capitalist Crisis); Tracking Down George Haley – John Grigg (Haley was Labour’s first Brentford Councillor in 1905). Labour Party Hall, 367 Chiswick High Road, W4. Corner of Chiswick High Road & Marlborough Road, W4. District Line stations: Gunnersbury & Chiswick Park. Buses 267, 237, 391, H91, E3, 272. Car Park at rear of premises & free weekend road parking nearby. Admission £5. Concessions £2. Tea, Coffee & biscuits. Contact: John Grigg: 020 8743 4189. 

Saturday 24 November. 6.30pm. ‘1839: The Chartist Insurrection’. Author of this new book Chris Ford considers lessons from the Chartist Insurrection of 1839, in particular examining the nitty-gritty political organising that was needed to run such a forceful national campaign. £3, redeemable against any purchase. Housman, 5 Caledonian Road, King’s Cross, London, N1. 020 7837 4473. 

Sunday 25 November. 2-4pm. Arthur Henderson. Talk by Lord Derek Foster. WEA Politicians. Thinkers and Activists Study Group. Peoples Bookshop, Durham. 

Wednesday 28 November. 2pm. 'Salt of the Earth': empowering working class communities across the land. Speaker Jacqui Carroll from REELmcr. Working Class Movement Library, 51 The Crescent, Salford, M5. 

Thursday 29 November (2pmff) – Friday 30 November (10amff). Writing Materials: Women of Letters from Enlightenment to Modernity. From salons to closets to quills, desks and inkwells, this conference explores the tools and environments of women's writing from the 18th to 21st centuries, taking as its inspiration the writer, entrepreneur and blue stocking Elizabeth Montagu (1718-1800). A conference held at King's College London and the V&A Museum, organized by the AHRC-funded Montagu Letters Network in association with Swansea and Oxford Brookes Universities. Also supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. For full details and booking arrangements please contact Kate Spiller 

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