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From Nottingham's forgotten novelist, James Prior

12 October 2017 will see the re-emergence of a fine Nottinghamshire tale, previously published under Bromley House Library's imprint, now under that of Leen Editions, an offshoot of Spokesman Books.

Forest Folk chronicles the relationship of rural Blidworth family the Rideouts with the newly-arrived and well-to-do household of Arthur Skrene and his sister Lois. The Skrenes are quite enthralled by the brusque manner of their closest neighbours; the Rideouts quite indifferent towards these new owners of 'High Farm'. It takes the actions of carefree machine-breaker Tant Rideout to bring the two families together, and encourage romance between a few members of each.

A talk and reading of the book is scheduled at 1pm on its publication date, at Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham University Park Campus. Copies will be available at £9.99.

<span style='font-size: 18px;'>Latest issue</span>

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The Spokesman 136

Edited by Tony Simpson

From the Editorial:

Weeks after invoking Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union to commence the UK's withdrawal, Theresa May called a snap election to 'strengthen' her hand in the imminent negotiations. She miscalculated badly. Instead of increasing her Parliamentary majority, a fragile minority government depends on support from the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland. In large numbers, people case their ballot for Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party, which successfully mobilised millions of new voters, with estimated turnout among those aged 18 to 24 soaring from 43 per cent in 2015 to 72 per cent in 2017 …

Meanwhile millions of people living in the United Kingdom, whose personal and professional status is directly affected by the outcome, had no vote in the General Election on 8 June 2017. By contrast, up until May 2018, they and others throughout the European Union can endorse a European Citizens' Initiative entitled 'Retaining European Citizenship'…

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New Title

The Social Costs of Neoliberalism
Essays on the Economics of K. William Kapp
By Sebastian Berger

K. William Kapp was an environmental pioneer. Decades ago, he challenged economic theories that disregarded the waste and environmental damage caused by production, recognising that environmental pollution threatens sustainable development.

The Social Costs of Neoliberalism addresses rising levels of social demage in an era of climate change. It does so by reconstructing Kapp's theory of social costs that explains why corporations have a built-in tendency to increase profits by socializing costs, that is, by shifting costs on to society. His focus is on the tremendous scope and irreversibility of this damage, pointing to its systematic character.

Kapp convincingly counters neoliberal and neoclassical arguments on externalities and market failure, that do not fully account for fatal flaws in the market's calculus. His proposed alterntive is a robust framework of social-democratic controls of the economy to prevent effectively such social costs and the damage they cause to our environment.

<span style='font-size: 16px;'><em>The Spokesman</em></span>

The Spokesman

Rojava in view
The Spokesman 135

We’ve heard little about European citizenship in Brexit debates, neither before the referendum of June 2016, nor since. Yet the status, rights and responsibilities of European citizenship attach to all UK nationals, whether they wish it or not. Since the early 1990s, children in the UK and other member states of the European Union are born European citizens. These millions of young people grow up able to travel freely throughout some 30 countries, study in them, in some places without paying university fees, oftentimes receiving bursaries under the Erasmus programme to encourage them to move around the Union and acquire additional language skills.

Those of us who are older became European citizens in the 1990s, in addition to our status as UK citizens or citizens of other member states. Our passports have the words ‘European Union’ on the front cover and, as it says inside, we are entitled to seek assistance at the embassies of other EU member states whilst travelling, should our own national embassy not be accessible.

Not only can we move freely within the territory of Member States, we also have the right as European citizens to reside in them. Millions of people take advantage of this right. More than three million UK citizens reside in other EU Member States, while more than two million EU nationals reside in the UK. Reciprocal access to health care underpins such migration, as do receipts of pensions and other benefits in the country of residence.

Many UK citizens use their right as European citizens to work in other EU Member States and, correspondingly, one readily encounters German, French, Spanish, Italian, Irish, Polish, Lthuanian and all the other EU nationalities working in Nottingham, a small city in the English Midlands, which is increasingly internationally minded. As European citizens, EU nationals are entitled to vote and to stand as candidates in local and European elections in the Member State in which they reside. However, millions of EU nationals were excluded from voting in the ‘Brexit’ referendum of June 2016 in the UK, as were millions of UK nationals who reside elsewhere in the European Union.

Tony Simpson in his Editorial: 'Europe in view'

<span style='font-size: 16px;'>Dawn of the Unread: <em></em>When the dead go unread ... There's gonna be trouble</span>

Dawn of the Unread: When the dead go unread ... There's gonna be trouble

Editor: James Walker | Art: Paul Fillingham
Assisted by Adrian Reynolds and Wayne Burrows

Dawn of the Unread imagines a scenario whereby dead writers from Nottingham's past are incensed at the closures of libraries and low literacy levels in 21st Century Britain. They are concerned that if their ideas are not preserved and made accessible, then they will cease to exist. Sillitoe, Lawrence, Byron et al would never put up with such an insult and so return from the grave, in a twist on the zombie genre, in search of the one thing that wll ensure their survival: 'boooks'.

Dawn of the Unread features: William Booth, Slavomir Rawicz, Charlie Peace, Gotham Fool, Bryan Clough, Alma Reville, D.H. Lawrence, the 5th Duke of Portland, Bendigo, Ms. Hood, Alan Sillitoe, Mary Howitt, Stanley Middleton, Margaret Cavendish, George Powe and George Africanus. Ray Gosling, Edith Slitwell and Blakey from On the Buses also make guest appearances.

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<span style='font-size: 18px;'>Nottingham - UNESCO City of Literature</span>

Nottingham - UNESCO City of Literature

On Friday 12th November 2015, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, announced the designation of 47 cities from 33 countries as new members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. We are please to let you know that amongst them was Nottingham, which was declared a City of Literature!

For more information please visit the UNESCO site and to become a part of our historic moment visit http://www.nottinghamcityofliterature.com/

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