Campaigning workshop

Want to know more about taking action?

Join us for a day of practical workshops and space to meet other people interested in activism in the area.

Canny Little Library, Star and Shadow Cinema, Stepney Bank, Newcastle, NE1 2NP.

Sunday 19 October

10.30am - 4pm

Including hands on session about:
Legal Information for Activists , Critical Mass Newcastle, Campaigning Strategy, Banner, Zine and Poster Making, E-Safety, Rising up without Burning Out, Getting Your Message Across, Creating inclusive movements.

Plus: Film Shorts, Info Stalls and FREE FOOD!

If you would like to promote your group get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.

Free - donations welcome.

The Nature and Possibilities of ‘Political’ Fiction - a discussion with John Barker

4pm, Sunday 26th October
Canny Little Library at the Star and Shadow Cinema, Stepney Bank, Newcastle, NE1 2NP

John Barker, author of Bending the Bars: Prison Stories of an Angry Brigade Member, will host a reading from his recently published novel Futures.

'It's 1987. A hurricane and stock market crash bring the world of finance capital, corrupt cops, cocaine and a single mum in collision…'

The reading will be followed by an open discussion on the nature and possibilities of ‘political’ fiction, encompassing the very nature of ‘the political’; varieties of such fictional work, and an estimate of what such fiction can do that other writing - whether reportage, theory, history or philosophy - cannot.

Praise for Futures:
"Rollicking, uncompromising stuff. The prose grabs you by the throat and squeezes. The characters are by turns reckless, ambitious, vulnerable and weak. The story is set in the past but couldn’t be more relevant. Futures is funny, frightening and very dark." - Ronan Bennett

John Barker was one of the ‘Stoke Newington Eight,’ prosecuted and jailed in 1972 for activities as part of the Angry Brigade.  His written works include Bending Bars, a prison memoir, and published texts on political economy, writers and writing; as well as on the capitalist psyche and ideological opportunism. More recently he has been collaborating with the Austrian artist, Ines Doujak, as writer and performer in the ongoing work on cloth and colonialism, Loomshuttles/Warpaths, parts of which have been shown in Vienna, Malmo, Stuttgart and London.

Read more on Futures here:

This is a free event.

The Star and Shadow is fully accessible.
Directions to the venue:

Tear Down the Walls - 25 March Newcastle

Tear Down The Walls” is the rallying cry of abolitionists around the world.
For those people  who understand the harm caused by prisons, the concept of dismantling  the prison-industrial-complex seems like the most logical conclusion.  But there are still those who cannot imagine a world without prisons.
This March, members of the Empty Cages Collective will be  traveling the country to host workshops on the prison-industrial-complex and prison abolition. 
What is the prison-industrial-complex? What are the alternatives to prison?
Come along to find out more…
12.30pm, Tuesday 25 March, Star and Shadow Cinema, Stepney Bank, Newcastle, NE1 2NP
Refreshments and lunch available.
Not only does the UK have the  highest prison population per capita in Europe, but it also has the  most privatised prison system with 11.6% (over 10,000) of prisoners held in private prisons. Plans are already under way to build the country’s  first “super prison” in Wrexham that would hold 2,000 people alone.
There are currently  85,690 people held in prison, not including people detained under the  Mental Health Act, in Secure Children’s homes or in Immigration  detention. The prison population of Britain has doubled over the last  twenty years.

The aim of the Tear Down The Walls Tour is to highlight the importance of prison abolition as  part of the wider struggle against oppression and spread literacy around the prison society. They will also be promoting their project, Prison  Abolition 2014, which is a year of action & organising against the  prison-industrial-complex.

See for more info.

Get involved in these events this coming week!

Sunday 16 March, 4pm - 5.30pm. Frack Free Tyne And Wear Action Meeting,  Star and Shadow Cinema. In addition to regular meetings, Frack Free Tyne & Wear can be found at:

Sunday 16 March - 11am - 6pm. Leeds Zine Fair. Wharf Chambers, 23-25 Wharf Street, LS2 7EQ.

Tuesday 18 March, 6.30pm. Beyond Borders - General Meeting. Come along to get involved in action & solidarity on Tyneside.

Wednesday 19 March, 1pm. Striking Back - fast food workers in the USA. North East Free Education Network discussion and film showing on the American fast food workers fighting for the minimum wage. Newcastle University

Friday 21 March, 8pm. Unity’s 8th Birthday Party! Glasgow. Come and celebrate 8 years of Unity providing practical support & solidarity with migrants.

Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 March - Bookfair! Hundreds of second-hand books! Ranging from fiction, children’s, sociology, film, history, music, autobiography, cookery…and more! All weekend come and browse the great selection of fantastic titles. We also have records and DVDs. Donations of books welcome. Prices from just 30p! Delicious cakes and snacks available. All profits to Star and Shadow Cinema. Star and Shadow Cinema

Saturday 22 March, 11am - 12.30pm. Helen Fenwick, Professor, Durham University Law School – Talk - Counter-terrorism law & policy post 9/11 and the future of the Human Rights Act. Prof Fenwick will explore whether human rights have been compromised in combating the threat of international terrorism post 9/11 and consider the link between use of counter-terrorist measures and the future of the Human Rights Act. -  St Mary’s Centre, St Mary’s RC Church, Hencotes, Hexham NE46 2EB. Contact

Saturday 22 March 10am - 6pm - SolFed Workplace Organiser Training, Edinburgh.
The Solidarity Federation workplace organiser training programme is designed to give workers the tools and confidence to organise in their workplaces, whether or not there’s an existing union. Even if you’ve had training from another union, you may find the direct action based approach we adopt offers a fresh perspective. Open to all workers, apart from managers, you do not have to be a SolFed member or an anarcho-syndicalist to come along.
If you would like to attend, please email training[AT]