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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' wins Guardian Education Award.

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.


<span style='font-size: 18px;'>The Levellers</span>

The Levellers

'To our generation fell the good fortune of re-discovering the Levellers. To the classical liberal historians they meant rather less than nothing. This neglect is puzzling.

But what we have rediscovered is not merely the fact that the Levellers anticipated our fathers in most of the social and political reforms of the next 300 years; they were, until Cromwell crushed them, the dynamic pioneers, who had the initiative during the most formative years of the Inter-regnum. They would have won for our peasants in the mid-17th century what the Great Revolution gained for those of France at the close of the 18th.'
Christopher Hill talking about H.N. Brailsford's book The Levellers and the English Revolution.

John Rees, author 'The Leveller Revolution' (reviewed in The Spokesman 135) called H.N. Brailsford's book "magesterial".

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

New issue of The Spokesman

Climate of Peace?
The Spokesman 134

Drought and desertification spread across certain latitudes. The line of aridity, whereby there is insufficient precipitation to sustain pasture or crops, extends south from the Sahara Desert. Eyal Weizman and Fazal Sheikh have recorded and photographed another part of ‘The Conflict Shoreline’ in their important book about ‘colonization as climate change in the Negev Desert’. The link between drought and increasing conflict is mapped with telling consistency. It could also be drawn in Syria and in Yemen.

This link was one of many themes underlying the World Congress of the International Peace Bureau which met in Berlin in autumn 2016 under the banner ‘Disarm! For a Climate of Peace’. In this spirit, the President of the Technical University, Christian Thomsen, welcoming a thousand activists to the Congress, informed us that TU has a clear policy of not engaging in
military research, while exercising due caution on potential ‘dualuse’. Conversion from military production and the Lucas Alternative Plan were to figure prominently in discussions in Berlin, as Reiner Hoffman and Tom Unterrainer recount, developing our discussion of socially useful production begun in the previous issue of The Spokesman.

Tony Simpson in his Editorial

<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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