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Today's date - Wednesday 16 April 2014

Saturday 3 May 2014
"WeBe40" 40th Birthday Party

5pm-6pm & 7pm til late
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Join us to celebrate our 40th Birthday in style at the Adelphi, Lime St, Liverpool City Centre.

During the day there will be a Mayday event at the Adelphi organised by the Trades Council & Nerve, featuring speakers, workshops, music, stalls, discussion, banners & food. After a brief break to catch our breath, we'll go headlong into party-mode with a stunning line-up of musicians:

  • 5pm-6pm Dead Belgian (passionate & gorgeous interpretations of Jacques Brel)
  • 7pm til late: Saytr Play (Liverpool debut for a very current & talented young threesome), Bolshy (Liverpool's very own street ska pranksters), River Niger Orchestra (majestic West African grooves on our doorstep), DJ Andy Healey (global beats from Sheffield's finest).
Plus raffle, late bar, balloons and dancing (that's you!). Free entry. Just turn up. WeBe40!

Thursday 8 May 2014
An Evening with Jay Griffiths

We are very excited to welcome one of our favourite authors, Jay Griffiths. Jay travelled the world and wrote 'Wild: An Elemental Journey', to explore the wildness of the human spirit. 'Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time' examined how our relationship with time differs between genders and cultures. In 'Kith: the Riddle of the Childscape' she asked why do children in traditional cultures seem happier than in the West? Her latest book, 'A Letter from a Stray Moon', is a novel based on the life of Frida Kahlo. "Much more than the portrait of an artist, this is a vision that resonates with grief, rebellion and transcendence. It is the story of many different women channelled through the journey of one." Lyrical, passionate, polemical, visionary - just some of the words used to describe her writing. Join us in conversation with Jay Griffiths as she reads from and discusses her writing. £3, or £2 concession, pay on entry. All welcome. Part of the Writing On the Wall Festival

Friday 16 May 2014
Celebrate the Peacemakers: Light Night, White Night

4pm - 9pm
Our contribution to this year's Light Night: The day after International Conscientious Objectors Day, we invite you to join us in Celebrating the Peacemakers, from those who refused to fight like Muhammad Ali, Joe Glenton & our own Mandy's dad, to those who dedicate their lives to stopping wars. We'll have book displays of famous peacemakers, an interactive game, white poppies and even white refreshments! Come and join us in making paper Peace Cranes - in Japan 100 origami cranes traditionally mean the granting of a wish - help us make 100! "The conscientious objector is a revolutionary. On deciding to disobey the law he sacrifices his personal interests to the most important cause of working for the betterment of society" Albert Einstein. Free event. All ages welcome. Just turn up, wearing something white if you can!

Sunday 1 June 2014
"WeBe40" Radical Bookfair & Spaces of Dissent Forum

11am - 6pm
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Our flagship 40th birthday celebrations continue with a unique Radical Bookfair at the Bluecoat. Not only will the Hub be packed with a fabulous range of books to challenge, inform and inspire, but you can make a whole day of it with our Spaces of Dissent in the Sandon Room.

  • 12noon Poetry of Dissent with Steph Pike (political performance poet from Manchester) & Clare Shaw (award-winning, dynamic & powerful wordsmith);
  • 2pm Radical Bookselling, Radical Times with Ross Bradshaw (Five Leaves publisher & bookseller) & Bob Dent (founder of News from Nowhere);
  • 4pm Fiction of Dissent with Robert Llewellyn (Red Dwarf, Scrapheap Challenge & author of eco-utopian trilogy inspired by Wm Morris) & Desiree Reynolds (debut Black British author marrying issues of race, class & sexuality).
What a line-up! But we also have music!
  • 1.30pm Liverpool Socialist Singers
  • 3.30pm Sense of Sound and throughout the bookfair Stan the Harp.
And more! News from Nowhere Archives Display; Subversive Children's Storytelling with Andy Johnson & Jen Verson; live reportage artist Sam Galbraith; theatrical interventions, interactive fun and our popular Bolshy Bargain Bookstall! Expect special offers, a cornucopia of words and plenty of dissent! Free, but tickets (from the Bluecoat) required for Spaces of Dissent sessions. WeBe40!