The Politics of Birth

Friday 28th October at 7pm
Pages of Hackney
70 Lower Clapton Road
E5 0RN [Map]

Tickets £4

Like any human act, birth and all that goes before and after it exists only in the social context in which it takes place. In this much contested sphere of reproductive labour, birth can be the eye of the storm. Join Alana Apfel, author of Birthwork as Care Work (PM Press) and Marguerite Anne Williams, midwife & local Hackney mother to discuss the medicalisation of birth and the politics of control of the female body, and the movement of women reclaiming knowledge and collective control over our bodies.

“All we are doing in this world is living and dying, creating and destroying. We generate new life in our children and in our ideas. Becoming a birth supporter, getting to be an attendant to the miracle of childbirth, has transformed my social justice work. Our visions for justice are what we are birthing in this world. Learning to listen, learning to trust the body and the people, and learning to breathe will transform our movement work. Birth Work as Care Work demonstrates these lessons through showing us ways we can learn together to support the birth of new worlds.”
—Adrienne Brown, co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements


Pages of Hackney offers a series of readings, discussions, debates, screenings, art exhibitions, performances and parties. These events are well-attended so do pop into the shop or pay by PayPal in advance to guarantee a place. You can contact us on or 02085251452.

Events Highlights of the past


10 September 2016 Violent Borders with Reece Jones, Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi, and Daniel Trilling
30 September 2016
Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor with Tim Lawrence
7 September 2016 London Overground screening with John Rogers and Iain Sinclair
7 September 2016 Alex Booker Printmaker Woodcut Exhibition
25 May 2016 Cathy Rentzenbrink and Max Porter discuss The Last Act of Love and Dylan Thomas prize winning Grief is the Thing with Feathers
11 May 2016
Rosie Walker and Samir Jeraj discuss The Rent Trap with Shiv Malik
4 May 2016
Ben Judah and Rowan Williams discuss London with Dave Hill
27 April 2016
Lynsey Hanley discusses Respectable with Mike Savage
7 April 2016
Julian Sayerer discusses Messengers
24 March 2016
Rebecca Mackenzie launches In a Land of Paper Gods
7 March 2016
Dawn Foster talks to Ash Sarkar about Lean Out
25 February 2016 
Amy Liptrot with Cathy Rentzenbrink on The Outrun
16 February 2016
Ken Worpole and Andrea Zimmerman on Building Jerusalem
11 December 2015
Winter Warmer: Our annual Klezmer music, mulled wine and mince pies
17th November 2015
Hackney Propaganda with Barry Burke and Ken Worpole
12 November 2015 Adelaide Miranda launches Bargained Soul
22 October 2015
 Life Cycles with Julian Sayarer
23rd September 2015 The Mythology of Work with Peter Fleming and Joanna Biggs, chaired by Dawn Foster
7 July 2015
Iain Sinclar in conversation with Mark Pilkington
29 April 2015 Curationism with David Balzer, chaired by Zoe Williams
15 April 2015 Rebel Footprints with David Rosenberg and Night Walking with Matthew Beaumont, chaired by Will Self
29 September 2014 The Establishment: and how they get away with it Owen Jones discusses his follow-up to Chavs with Melissa Benn
12 April 2014 What Should We Tell Our Daughters? With Melissa Benn, Nimco Ali, Kat Banyard and Zoe Williams
1 April 2014 Andy Merrifield in conversation with Owen Hatherley about The New Urban Question
10 March 2014 Ben Campkin talked with Dave Hill about Remaking London
20 June 2013 George Monbiot in conversation with Leo Hollis –Feral
8 November 2012 Daniel Trilling in conversation with Owen Jones about the far right – Bloody, Nasty People
16 October 2012 China Mieville in conversation with Suzanne Moore for London’s Overthrow
11 October 2012 Sarah Wise talked about madness in Victorian times – Inconvenient People
20 September 2012 Neil Fraser on Over the Border: The Other East End
19 July 2012 The Art of Dissent: Adventures in London’s Olympic State
4 July 2012 A People’s History of London with Lindsey German and John Rees
12 June 2012 The Bookshop Band performed downstairs in the 2nd hand book basement
22 May 2012 The Gentle Author and guests from Spitalifields Life
16 May 2012 Hackney Society launch for Hackney: An Uncommon History in Five Parts
3 May 2012 We launched the Hackney Anthology
8 March 2012 Margaret Willes on The Making of the English Gardner
25 January 2012 John Marriott on Beyond the Tower: A History of East London
26 July 2011  Iain Sinclair read from Ghost Milk
20 July 2011 Owen Jones discussed Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class
12 July 2011 China Mieville talked about Embassytown
1 June 2011 Ross Perlin came and talked about Intern Nation
12 May 2011 Cinnamon Press with Jeremy Worman and Sue Vickerman
20 April 2011 Michael Foley talked about The Age of Absurdity
5 April 2011 Estate talk
10 March 2011 Simon Garfield came to discuss Just My Type
9 February 2011 Jenny Lord came to show us how to knit ipod socks
20 January 2011 Towards Re-Enchantment: Place and Its Meanings with Iain Sinclair & Ken Worpole
16 December 2010 Winter Warmer: Our annual Klezmer music, mulled wine and mince pies
16 November 2010 Francis Spufford reading from Red Plenty
12 November 2010 Jonathan Kemp reading from London Triptych
3 November 2010 The Meaning of David Cameron? Richard Seymour
21 October 2010 Lived in London. Blue Plaques
13 October 2010 Ned Beauman read from Boxer, Beetle
12 October 2010 Anonymous writing collective Wu Ming came and talked about Manituana
7 October 2010 Rebecca Hunt read from her debut novel Mr Chartwell
29 September 2010 Rob Penn came to talk All About the Bike
23 September 2010 New Feminism and Reclaiming the F-Word with Kat Banyard and Catherine Redfern
8 September 2010 Dan Cruickshank talked about The Secret History of Georgian London
20 July 2010 Mark Hannam and Jo Wolff spoke about Southern Africa: Past and Future
14 July 2010 Nicholas Jubber talked about his book, Poets, Polymaths and Pleasure-Daughters: Drinking Arak off an Ayatollah’s Beard
8 July 2010 Private View for Luisa Alpalhao’s exhibition, 30 Days of Storytelling
6 July 2010 I R Charles read from her brilliant local book Under a Hackney Sky
30 June 2010 Mike Gerber spoke about Jazz Jews
27 June 2010 Cinnamon Press hosted their 2nd runaway success at Pages with a poetry afternoon including readings from local poet Claudia Jessop and international poets, Arlene Ang and Mark Fitzgerald
9 June 2010 Mike Marqusee talked with the Guardian’s Daphna Baram about his book If I Am Not for Myself
5 June 2010 Private View – Emerging Images by Valerie and Roger Dean
22 April 2010 Adam Foulds – the Booker shortlisted author of The Quickening Maze came to Pages
17 April 2010 Out of Step: A spoken word benefit for No Sweat
1 April – 31 May 2010 Amy Green Drawings – A Show of Small Gifts
25 March 2010 The Poetry of Healing: Medicine, Psychotherapy and the Arts A Dialogue with Iona Heath and Paul Gordon
5 – 31 March 2010 New Paintings by Alex Arnell – Private View
Pages Ruins February – A series of events on ruins
25 February 2010 Patrick Wright talked about A Journey Through Ruins: the last days of London
17 February 2010 Owen Hatherley talked about the ruins of urban regeneration
10 February 2010 ‘Ruins Tourism’ – Christopher Woodward talked with Ken Worpole
4 February 2010 Nick Haffner’s photographic exhibition opening for ‘Among the Ruins: Woolworths, Leytonstone, April 2009’
27 January 2010 One Million Tiny Plays About Britain, performed by author Craig Taylor and Co.
16 January 2010 Out of Step – an evening of Spoken Word
8 December 2009 Iain Sinclair and Bonnie Greer asked Is London British?
8 July 2009 Alain de Botton discussed The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work