Hello from the Canny Little Library!
1. Book of the Month
2. Zine of the Month
3. New – Fiction Reading Group at the Canny Little Library
4. What’s on
Its Local History Month!
The Canny Little Library has loads of books and zines on local and radical history – here’s just a few -
1. Books of the Month
Cotters and Squatters by Colin Ward
Squatters were the original householders, and this book explores the story of squatter settlements in England and Wales, from our cave-dwelling ancestors to the squeezing out of cottagers in the enclosure of the commons.
Colin Ward’s book, full of local anecdote and glimpses of surviving evidence, links the hidden history of unofficial settlements with the issues raised by 20th century squatters and the 21st century claims that ‘The Land is Ours’.
“…presents a wealth of fascinating anecdote, analysis and polemic highlighting the sheer variety of ways individuals have created sustainable homes and livelihoods in nooks and crannies at the margins of society.” - Regeneration and Renewal
Orgasms of History: 3000 Years of Spontaneous Insurrection by Yves Fremion
Every now and then, things explode. Riots, uprisings, revolutions, and new and bizarre social groups spring up seemingly from nowhere. Often hidden from standard histories, here’s a people’s history documenting nearly 100 episodes of the revolt and utopia that popped up without a plan or a leader, from the ancient Greeks to the present. Orgasms of History also includes Volny’s original artwork and sketches of the characters involved in the greatest, most inspiring events of all time.
1. Zines of the Month
Moments of Struggle by Isy Morgenmuffel
The ideas of freedom and self determination, mutual aid, co-operation and resistance to all forms of government, exploitation and oppression are not new but have a long proud history. An illustrated guide to some of these moments.
The Secret Anarchist History of Newcastle – locally made entertaining and informative zine on anarchism in Newcastle.
2. Canny Little Library Fiction Reading Group
Come to the Star & Shadow to read some great fiction!
First meeting: Sunday 12th May 2013, 5-7pm @ the Canny Little Library, Star & Shadow, Stepney Bank, (then every month, at the same time). Bring titles of 2 books which you think would be good for us to read during 2013, and we will choose the next five books as a group. Fiction only, available in paperback and accessible via Library (or in charity shops, abebooks.com etc). Post-1900 preferred. If you can’t make the first meeting, email your choices to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll add these to the list for choosing the year’s books, and email you the full list.
For the first meeting, we will discuss: Sarah Waters, The Night Watch (2006)
Set in 1940s London, this novel documents a period of total war and radical social change. Next meetings will be 9th June, 14th July, 11th August and 8th September (Sundays, 5-7pm)
3. What’s on
Every Sunday 3-7pm Canny Little Library, with radical books n zines to browse and borrow.
Last Sunday of the month – Canny Little Café – with tasty vegan snacks and various workshops and themes.
Canny Little Library Fiction Reading Group – 12th May, 9th June, 14th July, 11th August and 8th September (Sundays, 5-7pm)
Thursday 9 May, 7.00pm Cinema Politica - QUEEN OF THE SUN: What Are the Bees Telling Us? is a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis. Culture Lab, Newcastle University, King’s Walk, Newcastle upon Tyne. Freehttp://www.cinemapolitica.org/screening/newcastle/queen-sun-what-are-bees-telling-us
Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 May, 10am-4pm - The Star and Shadow book, music & film sale. Thousands of books on a range of subjects, as well as CDs, records, DVDs and ephemera. All at reasonable prices. All proceeds go to the Star and Shadow Cinema. S & S is also appealing for donations for the sale - More info from Tim Smith: email@example.com / 07759926938.http://www.starandshadow.org.uk/on/event/1085
Wednesday 15 May, 1-2pm PEALS SEMINAR: Paying attention to difference for equality- An overview of research addressing the palliative and end of life care needs of LGBT people. Seminar Room, 4th Floor Claremont Bridge Building, Newcastle University Admission: Free. More info -Tom Martin 0191 208 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.ncl.ac.uk/peals/news/events/item/peals-seminar-paying-attention-to-difference-for-equality
Saturday 18 May, 1-3pm Stop G4S North East Meeting, Star & Shadow Cinema, Stepney Bank, Newcastle- The last few months have seen growing opposition to G4S’ role in human rights abuses: Occupation of the G4S London HQ, Boycotted by Good Energy, A hard-hitting report on their provision of asylum slum housing in North East and Yorkshire, Voted third worst in international ‘worst company of the year’ awards, Called to account for their role in the death of Palestinian prisoner Arafat Jaradat
Now is the time to build on this campaigning with the first Stop G4S North East organising meeting.
Please join us, Newcastle Palestine Solidarity Campaign, migrant rights campaigners, trade unions and grassroots organisations for a discussion dedicated to developing the campaign - as part of the UK Stop G4S coalition - against G4S in the NE and prevent them from putting profit before people. Our NE campaign will be non-hierarchical and inclusive. Find out more at: stopg4s.net Let us know you’re coming, email: email@example.com Free.http://www.starandshadow.org.uk/on/event/1116
Sunday 19 May, 4.30p.m Local showing of Ken Loach’s film ‘The spirit of 45”Regent Cinema, Redcar Tickets £5.00 to cover costs, first come first served.RSVP to reserve a place firstname.lastname@example.org / 07903 42715.
Saturday 25 May Anti EDL protests Newcastle
Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd June from 12:00, Newcastle Community Green Festival, Leazes Park, Newcastle
Saturday 8 June, 11am-5pm, Sunderland - Working Class Bookfair, Museum Vaults, Sunderland
Sunday 9 June, 5-7pm, Canny Little Library Fiction reading Group
Tuesday 11 June, 7.00pm, “Emily Davidson – Minx or martyr?” Emily died when attempting to pin a ribbon on the King’s horse during the Derby. But, was this merely mischief making or an attempt at something far more serious? Did she really intend to die for the cause? Join in the debate and make your own mind up. You can also enjoy a Suffragette tea. Tickets £3 tel 0191 433 6965. St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Oakwellgate, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE8 2AUhttp://www.stmarysgateshead.btck.co.uk/
17 ─ 23 June 2013 Refugee Week
Tuesday 2 July 7:30 pm, Checkpoint Rock: Songs From Palestine (2009)http://www.starandshadow.org.uk/on/film/1200
Sunday 14 July, 5-7pm, Canny Little Library Fiction Reading Group
Anti-cuts and anti-bedroom tax – loads of stuff going on – for up to date info try
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See you soon,
Canny Little Library
WHATS ON AT THE CANNY LITTLE LIBRARY-
Sunday 14th April, 5pm -Canny Little Book Club- Sexus by Henry Miller. All welcome. Reading the book is not essential.
Sunday 21st April - North East Anarchist Black Cross meeting- 5pm
Sunday 28th April -“The welfare system is currently changing dramatically, with the bedroom tax, universal credit, and a range of other alterations and cuts. The government have demonised the poor, and we are now entering an era where food banks are considered normal. The Canny Little Library will be holding an information day, in which the changes are explained, both present and future. Giving people an idea of how they and their friends are being affected.”
Plus Canny Little Café 3-7pm.
Saturday 13 April Bedroom Tax speak-out – Newcastle Monument, 1-3pm.
Saturday 20 April - Brunswick Church Hall on Saturday 20th April at 1pm
Save our Services: event for children, young people and adults interested in saving their services. After the Councils decision to cut the youth and play services, libraries, swimming pools and to continue to commission out youth work activities what future is there for activities for children & young people, and places for them to go and have a voice? Many of the cuts have yet to take place, but will happen over the coming years, what can be done to stop it? https://www.facebook.com/groups/saveourservicestoon/?fref=ts
Saturday 27 April- 11:00am. Middlesbrough - March for the Alternative Albert Memorial Park, Middlesbrough
Sunday 28 April-, 12:30- Hartlepool - Workers’ Memorial Day - Christ Church, Church Square, Hartlepool. Speakers: Billy Hayes, General Secretary, CWU, and Matt Wrack, General Secretary, FBU
Hartlepool TUC, in partnership with Radio Hartlepool (102.4fm), are broadcasting a Radio Show (Sunday Radio Show) for 2 hours (12 noon to 2.00pm) on 28th April, dedicated to Workers’ Memorial Day.
28 April, 2pm - Fundraiser at Borderline Books, Team Valley, Gateshead. Music & poetry, food & fund, auction, raffle, & surprises of all sorts. Entry 3pounds, 2pounds concessions. Exit: One book. http://www.borderlinebooks.org/
Saturday May 18th - Stop G4S meeting at the Star and Shadow Cinema, 1-3pm. Come along to find out more, and also to get involved in local campaigns against G4S. More info at http://stopg4s.net/
Saturday 08 June-Saturday 08 June, 11:00-17:00. Sunderland - Working Class Bookfair, Museum Vaults, Sunderland
Newcastle’s BFI Mediatheque - The Discovery Museum is home to the BFI Mediatheque in the North East. FREE for everyone, the BFI Mediatheque has more than 2000 complete films and TV programmes to watch, including more than 100 showing life in Newcastle and the North East.http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/discovery.html
15 April 2013café scientifique - Cochlear implants: Scientific and ethical considerations. Cochlear implants are an increasingly common solution for improving the hearing of the deaf, but their use has both medical and cultural implications. With medical advances making implants more accessible, is there more pressure to use them, and what effect will this have on the deaf community? Jackie Leach Scully, PEALS, Newcastle University, will address these and other related areas. We also intend to have BSL interpreters present at the meeting. http://www.cafeculturenortheast.org.uk/events_2013.html
15 April - Time: 17:30 - 18:30 - Alexander the Great: cross-dressing conqueror of the world? - Newcastle University. Free admission, no pre-booking required. Venue: Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building
Date: 25th April 2013, Time: 17:30 - 18:30 A promise to Malala – children’s literature and Education for All. Free admission, no pre-booking required. Venue: Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building
LIST OF NEW CHILDRENS BOOKS AT THE CANNY LITTLE LIBRARY
Keep Your Ear on the Ball by Genevieve Petrillo
Everybody wants to help Davey. “Let me open that.” “Do you want to hold my hand?” Davey has one answer for all, “Thanks, but no thanks.” Davey is blind and he is perfectly capable of doing everything on his own. His well- meaning classmates stop offering help when they see how able Davey is. They respect his self-reliance until he tries to play kickball. After several missed kicks and a trampled base keeper, no one wants Davey on his team. Working together, the children figure out a way to offer help that respects Davey’s unique abilities and his desire for freedom.
Horace and Morris but mostly Dolores by James Howe
Horace, Morris, and Dolores have been best friends forever. They do everything together — from sailing the seven sewers to climbing Mount Ever-Rust. But one day Horace and Morris join the Mega-Mice (no girls allowed), and Dolores joins the Cheese Puffs (no boys allowed). Is this the end? Or will Horace and Morris but mostly Dolores find a way to save the day — and their friendship?
What Shall I Make by Nadini Nayar & Proiti Roy
Roll it, pat it, poke in two eyes, stick on a nose and ears - and a ball of chapatti dough can turn into almost anything! Join Neeraj as he makes a snake, a mouse, a cat and a lion… But his last creation is the best of all!
Refugee Boy - Benjamin Zephaniah
Alem is on holiday with his father for a few days in London. He has never been out of Ethiopia before and is very excited. They have a great few days together until one morning when Alem wakes up in the bed and breakfast they are staying at to find the unthinkable. His father has left him. It is only when the owner of the bed and breakfast hands him a letter that Alem is given an explanation. Alem’s father admits that because of the political problems in Ethiopia both he and Alem’s mother felt Alem would be safer in London - even though it is breaking their hearts to do this. Alem is now on his own, in the hands of the social services and the Refugee Council. He lives from letter to letter, waiting to hear from his father, and in particular about his mother, who has now gone missing…
Don’t Bet on the Prince edited by Jack Zipes
Contemporary feminist fairy tales in North America and England. Stories and commentary - something for all ages!
A Little Bit of Mischief by Jenny Sullivan and Graham Howells
A school trip to Techniquest should be fun, thinks Cari. But in a wheelchair? With other people bossing her about? Cari is determined to be in charge for once, even if that means making a little bit of mischief!
Yes We Can! by Diana Cohn
Every night, Carlitos sleeps while his mother goes to work as a janitor in a skyscraper in downtown Los Angeles. One night, she explains that she’s not making enough money to support him and the family. She and the other janitors have decided to go on strike to demand better wages. Carlitos wants to help, but he doesn’t know how until…