Poet Tim Wells is the founding editor of the poetry magazine ‘Rising’. He has performed his work widely and has worked as guest poet on Radio London and with ‘Tighten Up’, the East London reggae sound system. His books include Keep the Faith, Rougher Yet, and Boys’ Night Out in the Afternoon, which was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection.
We talk about Anti Fascism, the gentrification of London, the art of spoken word, the working class and the influence of ska music on British culture as it emerged.
On this show is Swedish journalist, writer and activist, Kajsa Ekis Ekman. She is the author of several works about the financial crisis, women’s rights and Marxism including ‘Being and Being Bought – Prostitution, Surrogacy and the Split Self’. She writes for the major newspaper in Sweden called “Today’s News” and is a columnist at the leftwing daily ETC and is a member of the editing collective of the anarchist magazine ‘Brand’ in English translates as ‘Fire’ (published since 1898).
She is public speaker and was one of the key note speakers at the 2014 ‘Festival of dangerous ideas’ and has delivered a Ted talk on capitalism. She has founded the networks, Feminists Against Surrogacy and the climate action group, Klimax.
Nearly 70 years after the fall of the Nazi regime, the far right and even fascism are again a significant threat in Europe. In the May 2014 European Parliament elections, organisations with a range of fascist, racist and anti-migrant ideologies won significant votes in a number of European countries. The National Front topped the poll in France and explicitly Nazi parties won seats in countries like Germany and Greece.
This book is survey of the far right in seven countries of Europe with different political histories: Britain, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands and Sweden. The survey, by activists and researchers from these countries, reveals a disturbing picture of far-right parties, some with a mass base, which have been able to drag the mainstream political parties to the right. This book is a contribution to understand the nature of the far right, and to develop strategies for the left to confront this threat.
This recording is Author Bernhard Schmid presenting the book ‘The Far Right In Europe’ at Housemans Bookshop.
Founder of Streets Kitchen Jon Glackin talks about the hardship of the homeless and the impact Government austerity is having on poor people. Streets Kitchen is an independent organisation which gives food, sleeping bags, food and other essential items to the homeless.
Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou is an author, documentary filmmaker, public intellectual, organizer, pastor and theologian. He has fought for justice in the wake of the highly publicised police murders of black people in America, travelled to Ferguson and trained hundreds of protestors in nonviolent civil disobedience. He’s co-lead a group of religious leaders in demonstrations and has been arrested four times. He says The clergy’s place is with the protesters in Ferguson. We talk about the prisons system, electoral politics, black lives matter campaign and more.
Joey Coombes better known as Chester P, is a rapper in the UK hip-hop scene. He was a founding member of Task Force, Bury Crew and the M.U.D. Family.
Chester P Hackenbush has a noted style of ‘psychedelic’ poetry and has a writing style that has fathered many influences since 1993. One of the pioneering uk hip hop artists to of moulded the scene to what it is today.
He’s currently releasing a documentary about the UK homelessness and housing crises and a couple of new albums.
Nawal El Saadaw is an Egyptian Feminist born in 1931. A writer, activist, physician and psychiatrist. She has written many books on the subject of Woman in Islam, paying particular attention to the practice of Female Genital Mutilation in her society. Her books include ‘Woman at point zero’, ‘The hidden face of Eve’ and ‘The Fall of Imam’.
She is founder and president of and co-founder of the Arab Association for Human Rights. She has been awarded honorary degrees on three continents.
Carrie Reichardt is a contemporary artist, who works from a mosaic-covered studio in London. A member of the Craftivism movement, she uses murals, ceramics, screen-printing and graphic design in her work. She is a dedicated advocate of the movement and curated one of the few exclusively Craftivist exhibitions in the UK. She talks about the ‘Disobedient Objects’ exhibition at the V&A, Angola 3 and much more!
Blek Le Rat is a French street Artist known as the father of stencil graffiti. He has earned this title through years of spray painting unforgettable figures on walls across the globe. In the early 80’s he became one of the first street Artists in Paris, known for his iconic rat stencils. His stencil technique has since been adopted by some of the biggest names in graffiti and street art today.