Monday, 6 October 2014

Book Reading by Former Angry Brigade Member

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.
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