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Forthcoming Events

Tariq Ali – Winston Churchill Launch: Tuesday 24th May 18:30-20:00. Event ticket £5

We are honoured to welcome Tariq Ali in the haus, to launch his biography of Winston Churchill, ‘a coruscating portrait of Britain’s greatest imperialist’. This launch will be hosted by Andrew Kelly, Director of Bristol Festival of Ideas. The Churchill cult is completely out of control. In its present form, explains Tariq Ali, it was created during the Thatcher period, marked by the Falkland/Malvinas war and further embellished during the more recent conflicts in the Middle East and Africa. The cult today overshadows everything that existed during Churchill’s lifetime and the Second World War. Then, he was seen by many as an indomitable class warrior at home and abroad. Throughout his life, Churchill never bothered to conceal his White supremacist views or his passionate defence of the British Empire. Tariq Ali challenges Churchill’s vaulted record. Throughout his long career as journalist, adventurer, MP, military leader, imperialist statesman, and historian, Churchill’s nationalist self belief influenced his every step, with catastrophic effects. Tariq Ali’s indictment will go some way in correcting the imbalance. The ticket incudes a glass of wine or a soft drink and £2 off the price of the book.

Torrey Peters in conversation with Travis Alabanza : Wednesday 25th May 18:30-20:00. Event ticket £5 – Reese nearly had it all: a loving relationship with Amy, an apartment in New York, a job she didn’t hate. She’d scraped together a life previous generations of trans women could only dream of; the only thing missing was a child. Then everything fell apart and three years on Reese is still in self-destruct mode, avoiding her loneliness by sleeping with married men. When her ex calls to ask if she wants to be a mother, Reese finds herself intrigued. After being attacked in the street, Amy de-transitioned to become Ames, changed jobs and, thinking he was infertile, started an affair with his boss Katrina. Now Katrina’s pregnant. Could the three of them form an unconventional family – and raise the baby together?

Torrey will be with us to discuss Detransition Baby with Travis. The ticket incudes a glass of wine or a soft drink and £2 off the price of the book. Please note this event is now taking place at Strange Brew rather than the bookshop.

Stacey Clare and the Bristol Sex Workers Collective – The Ethical Stripper : Wednesday 1st of June 18:30-20:00. Event ticket £5

We’re delighted to host Stacey Clare, author of The Ethical Stripper, in conversation with the Bristol Sex Workers Collective. There is nowhere more apt to be on the eve before International Sex Workers Day, so come along for an eye-opening, myth-busting and destigmatising low-down on sex work. This is not a kiss-and-tell autobiography. Plenty is written about strippers and sex workers yet they are often maligned during public discourse. This book is a voice for those who are normally voiceless. It rejects notions of victimhood, challenges stigma and shame, and unpacks a colossal pile of confusion and contradictions. It’s about the sex-work community’s fight for safety and self-determination, and how you can help. Stacey’s book is about feminism, sisterhood, community, financial independence, economics and legislation. It’s about exploitation, misogyny, discrimination and bigotry. It’s about strip clubs, punters, showgirls and the joy of performing. It’s about ethics and consent. It’s about sex work, emotional labour and exhaustion. It’s about the business of being objectified, how it feels, what it means and what impact it can have. Think you know about strippers? Think again.
This event will be hosted in collaboration with the Bristol Sex Workers Collective. We are grateful for their help. The ticket includes a glass of wine/soft drink and £2 off the book.

Bring Down the Haus – Refugee Poetry: Friday 3rd June 19:00 – 21:00 Event ticket £5
Join us for a night of poetry and spoken word exploring the actual meaning of “home”, through words of hope and despair. We are delighted to have Eric Ngalle Charles (in addition to some extra guests!) in the Haus to perform some poetry from his new collection “Homelands”.
In Homelands Eric draws on his early life raised by the matriarchs of Cameroon, being sent to Moscow by human traffickers, and finding a new home in Wales. Rich in tone, subject and emotion, Charles’ poetry moves between the present and the past, between Africa and Europe, and between despair and hope. It discovers that historical injustices now play out in new forms, and that family tensions are as strong as the love within a family. Despite the difficulties Charles has faced, Homelands contains poems of fondness, warmth and humour and, as he returns to Cameroon to confront old ghosts, forgiveness.
We are also looking forward to hearing asylum-seeking and refugee Poets to share some of their words here! The ticket includes a glass of wine/soft drink and £2 off the book.

Bad Gays launch with Huw Lemmey and Ben Miller : Friday 10th of June 19:00 – 21:00. Event ticket £5 – Too many popular histories seek to establish heroes, pioneers and martyrs but as Huw Lemmey and Ben Miller argue, the past is filled with queer people whose sexualities and dastardly deeds have been overlooked. We all remember Oscar Wilde, but who speaks for Bosie? What about those ‘bad gays’ whose unexemplary lives reveals more than we might expect? Part revisionist history, part historical biography and based on the hugely popular podcast series, Bad Gays subverts the notion of gay icons and queer heroes and asks what we can learn about LGBTQ history, sexuality and identity through its villains and baddies. From the Emperor Hadrian to notorious gangster Ronnie Kray, the authors excavate the buried history of queer lives. This includes fascist thugs, famous artists, austere puritans and debauched bon viveurs, imperialists, G-men and architects. Together these amazing life stories expand and challenge the mainstream assumptions of sexual identity. Amusing, disturbing and fascinating, Bad Gays puts centre stage the queer villains and evil twinks in history. Tickets include a glass of wine or a soft drink and £2 off the book

Reclaiming Antiracism: In conversation with Azfar Shafi + Ilyas Nagdee : Tuesday 14th of June 18:30-20:00. Event ticket £5

Join us for the launch of Race to the Bottom: Reclaiming Antiracism. Authors Azfar Shafi and Ilyas Nagdee will be in conversation with Nayya, our bookseller. Race to the Bottom asks us to interrogate what has happened to the antiracist struggles of the past and present + gives us the impetus to build an antiracist movement that can resist the vampiric clutch of capitalism. Race to the Bottom is newest title in the Pluto Press Outspoken series – which is home to brilliant young thinkers as Lola Olufemi, Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, Amelia Horgan & many more. The ticket includes a glass of wine/soft drink and £2 off the book.

Charco Press Celebration: in conversation with Daniel Hahn and Rosalind Harvey – Saturday 18th of June Event ticket £5 –

Join us for a celebration of Charco Press, an independent press which focuses on finding outstanding contemporary Latin American Literature and bringing it to new readers in the English-speaking world. Translators Daniel Hahn and Rosalind Harvey will be in the haus!

As a part of the independent bookshop week (18th – 25th of June), we are delighted to be twinning with Charco Press. Charco press aims to act as a cultural and linguistic bridge for you to be able to access a brand new world of fiction that has, until now, been missing from your reading list. To start the week of indie celebration of properly, we are excited to host an event celebrating charco press, its ambition, work and translators. We will be in conversation with Daniel Hahn, translator of “Resistance”, “Occupation”, “Never Did the Fire” and the matching translation diary “Catching Fire”, and Rosalind Harvey, translator of “Here Be Icebergs” (out in June).

A Woman’s Game launch with Suzanne Wrack : Tuesday 21st of June 18:30-20:00. Event ticket £5

The inspirational, agenda-changing story of women’s football around the world. A Woman’s Game explores the history of women’s football from the Victorian era – with players in high-heeled boots – to the present day. It is the story of a rise, fall, and rise again: from the game’s first appearance in England in the late nineteenth century; through the incredible teams which at their height in 1920 drew 53,000 spectators to Goodison Park; to its 50-year ban in the UK and the aftershocks when that ban was lifted. Now, as the women’s game is once again on an unstoppable upward trend, with internationally renowned players and a record 11.7m viewers for England’s semi-final match against the USA in the 2019 World Cup, Suzanne Wrack considers what the next chapter of this incredible story might be. From its relationship to the worldwide fight against oppression, to its ability to inspire change in the wider world, this is both a history of football as played by women, and a manifesto for a better game. Suzanne will be here to discuss the book. Tickets include a glass of wine or a soft drink and £2 off the book.