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With an Orwellian urge to see the reality and not the statistics, Ben Judah sleeps rough with 16 Roma in an underpass in Hyde Park, meets a Nigerian policeman who mournfully talks about the ‘vanishing English’ and witnesses an eastern European who trades a day’s manual work for a portion of chicken and chips. He’s heard stories of heartbreaking failure, but also witnessed extraordinary acts of compassion.
Rowan Moore also collects stories about the physical fabric of London lives and how often it denies many of its citizens a decent home and living. He argues that the people of a city need not always accept the demands of market forces and that London needs to invent new ways to respond to the pressures of the present.
Ben Judah, and Rowan Moore will be in conversation with the Guardian’s London blogger and Hackney resident Dave Hill for an event that delves into the heart of London one day before we vote for our next mayor.
Deregulation, revenge evictions, parliamentary corruption and day-to-day instability: these are the realities for the eleven million people currently renting privately in the UK. At the same time, house prices are skyrocketing and the generational promise of home ownership is now an impossible dream for many. This is the rent-trap, an inescapable consequence of market-induced inequality.
Rosie Walker and Samir Jeraj offer the first critical account of what is really going on in the private rented sector and expose the powers which are conspiring to oppose regulation. A quarter of British MPs are landlords, rent strike is almost impossible and snap evictions are growing, but in the light of these hurdles The Rent Trap will show how people are starting to fight back.
Samir Jeraj is a journalist who specialises in housing and worked as a city councillor. His work on housing has appeared in the Guardian, the Independent, Inside Housing and the New Internationalist.
Rosie Walker is a writer and researcher interested in housing, poverty, employment rights and debt. She has worked as a researcher for LSE, University of Bristol and University of Brighton, and as a journalist for The Independent and Third Sector. While writing an MSc dissertation on private renting, she was evicted by her landlord for asking for a new chest of drawers.
Rosie and Samir will be in conversation with Shiv Malik.
When μ returns home to find a sinister screenplay has arrived from Brazil it propels him on a quest to track down a character he believes to be called Ddunsel. As μ’s search progresses it slowly becomes entangled with two parallel tales – the stories of DOWN, a troubled publisher, and David Bohm, a real-life quantum theoretician in post-war São Paulo.
Just how far is it from London to Gotham City? Or from Paul Auster to Pierre Menard for that matter? Some people may think these sorts of questions are idle and ultimately meaningless but this book is not for them. The Wave combines multiple narratives to blend metafiction, historical fiction and screenplay as each of the characters struggles to understand what is reality and what is fiction.
“The writing is taut and stylish, the effect immersive and atmospheric: the whole work had something of a Kafka meets David Lynch vibe whilst retaining a distinctive personality of its own.” ~ Isabel Costello, The Literary Sofa
“haunting, existential… reminiscent of the best of Kafka mixed with quantum physics. A book you will want to read more than once.” ~ Jennifer Bowen, BookHive
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Events Highlights of the past
17th November 2015 Hackney Propaganda with Barry Burke and Ken Worpole
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