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An Oral History of Centerprise – tour and talk

May 7, 2017 @ 15:00 - 19:30 BST

The Lime Green Mystery: an oral history of the Centerprise co-operative
The Lime Green Mystery: an oral history of the Centerprise co-operative

On Sunday 7th May, celebrate the launch of the ‘A Hackney Autobiography’ mobile app and website and the new book, The Lime Green Mystery: an oral history of the Centerprise co-operative.

Meet at 3pm at Sutton House for the 'Inside Out Homerton' audiotour, which features in the brand new app.

From 5pm – 7:30pm gather at Sutton House to hear speakers [TBC] engaged in radical cultural and community work today speak in response to The Lime Green Mystery and a hackney autobiography. Free copies of  The Lime Green Mystery and support downloading the free app are available.

To book these either of these free events or pre-order a free book, please contact info@nullon-the-record.org.uk .

More on 'A Hackney Autobiography' app:

Poetic sat-nav, mapping Hackney through the writing and memories of its people. A hackney autobiography features:

Four audio walks, each with original illustrations and music:

  • Food and frontlines: Dalston
  • Inside out: Birth, mental health and institutions in Homerton
  • Working women's bus tour: Hoxton
  • The island: Evering Road

Over fifty bite-sized stories about creativity, education and resistance in Hackney. All content was published or inspired by Centerprise, a radical cultural and community hub, on Kingsland High Road (1971-2012).

More on the 'Inside Out Homerton' audiowalk:

Explore birth and death, mental health and creativity, inside and out of the institution. Voices arise unbidden from the music of the modern city: invisible telephones, crossed wires, radio static, broken water, tinkling glass, fragments of song. This audio walk blurs boundaries between auditory hallucination and external sound. Put on your headphones for full immersion.

In track 1 you will meet the odd couple whose back-and-forth will guide you. The other voices represent people associated with Centerprise and Core Arts, from the pre-NHS era to the present day.

This is a unique opportunity to do the audiowalk as a group, with some of the people featured in it.

More about The Lime Green Mystery

Although it was the only bookshop in Hackney when it opened in 1971, Centerprise offered more than the chance to buy books. Inside, local people could join a writers’ workshop, mount a campaign, learn to read and write, get welfare advice, record local history, publish their poetry, or simply nurse a cup of tea all day in the café that doubled as a community space.

Through the memories and reflections of many of the people involved, The Lime Green Mystery charts how the Centerprise co-operative (1971 – 1993) attempted to put radical ideas about education, culture and community work into practice. It explores issues of representation, power and collective management and will appeal to those interested in radical community organisations, grassroots bookselling and publishing, the adult literacy movement, London’s social history, and to people involved in community-based cultural and co-operative initiatives today.


May 7, 2017
15:00 - 19:30 BST
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Sutton House (Wenlock Barn)
2-4 Homerton High Street
London, E9 6JQ United Kingdom
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