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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.
Labour Party Secretary, Socialist International Chairman
by Morgan Phillips
Born in 1902 to a Welsh coalmining family, Morgan Phillips worked his way up within the Labour Party in Britain to become General Secretary. Nine months after his appointment, the Party won the 1945 General Election and formed its first ever majority government.
Six years of government were followed by a tumultuous decade in opposition. As Richard Crossman saw it, 'the Labour Party would have disintegrated during the years of dissension that followed Aneurin Bevan's resignation without the presence of Morgan Phillops in Transport House'.
Morgan Phillips' autobiography, published for the first time, describes the highs and the lows of the post-war Labour Party and his dealings not just with Nye Bevan but also with Clement Atlee, Herbert Morrison, Ernest Bevin and other leading figures of the movement. It also records his unique role in rebuilding the Socialist International, an organisation of which he became the first Chairman in 1951.
This posthumous publication will ensure that Morgan Phillips' contribution to the Labour Party and to democratic socialism will always be remembered.
Published by Spokesman for Labour Heritage
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'
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.
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.
See here for more information or to buy.
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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