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There are many myths that the beneficiaries of neo-liberal capitalism like to peddle about the Thatcher years. The most frequent is that economic growth was much better under Thatcher and she enabled the UK to ‘catch up’ with other capitalist economies. However, it is time to look afresh at the 1970s. Lee Humphries writes.

Posted 11:42 Thursday, Feb 1, 2018 In: Literature Tags: John Medhurst Lee Humphries Margaret Thatcher Printed Matter Bookshop That Option No Longer Exists Tony Benn
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Insights into the Levellers

Lee Humphries of Printed Matter Bookshop has organised a book reading of The Leveller Revolution with author, John Rees, who tells the gripping story of the Levellers, the radical movement at the heart of the English Revolution.  Zelly Restorick asks Lee Humphries about the book, the author and his dream of running his own bookshop.

Posted 18:02 Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018 In: Literature Tags: Agitators Charles I John Lilburne John Rees Lee Humphries New Model Army Oliver Cromwell People's Assembly Against Austerity Printed Matter Bookshop Richard Overton Stop the War Coalition The Leveller Revolution The Levellers Thomas Rainsborough
The Literary Shed

The Literary Shed

The Literary Shed celebrates many of the things we love best – words, in any form, the arts, pop culture, food, travel, the sea and the occasional Literary Cat.

Posted 06:01 Wednesday, Nov 22, 2017 In: Literature Tags: Library of Scents The Literary Shed
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Do you speak seagull?

I am so happy to post this article by Alex Lockwood, writes Zelly Restorick. When I read his words, submitted to HOT by Transition Town Hastings, I felt immediate rapport and resonance – and that warm reassuring feeling that emerges when we know we are not alone in our way of seeing the world.

Posted 20:08 Saturday, Nov 4, 2017 In: Literature Tags: Amitav Ghosh and Language Brighton's ONCA Centre for Ecology and the Arts climate change David Goulson Donald Turner Environmental Protection Agency Rachel Carson Silent Spring the Anthropocene The Beacon The Great Derangement The Pig in Thin Air Transition Town Hastings
The Naked Shore of the North Sea by Tom Blass

The Naked Shore of the North Sea

Local author, Tom Blass, will be reading from his latest book The Naked Shore of the North Sea. With a background in anthropology, law and and political geography, Tom Blass works as a journalist and editor specialising in issues relating to business, law, human rights and foreign policy. Lee Humphries 

Posted 08:37 In: Literature Tags: Lee Humphries Printed Matter Bookshop The Naked Shore of the North Sea Tom Blass
Another of Lauren Child's books featuring Clarice Bean

Lauren Child to speak at this year’s Storytelling Festival in Hastings

The well known children’s book author and new Children’s Laureate Lauren Child will be speaking at the Hastings Storytelling Festival this year. HOT’s youngest journalist, teenager Esme Needham, sent her some questions about her books and the importance of reading and writing for children and young people.

Posted 16:03 Tuesday, Oct 31, 2017 In: Literature Tags: books Charlie and Lola children's books Children's Laureate Clarice Bean Esme Needham Hastings Storytelling Festival Ruby Redfort White Rock Theatre
A quote from displaced Russian author Alia Aivasovsky

Throw some coins into the sea to set a boat adrift

It is 100 years since the Russian Revolution. Like all turbulent times, it caused artists and writers to leave their home country. The Links Project, ExploreTheArch and The Wine Shed have teamed up to honour all authors displaced by unrestful times and political instability across the world.

Posted 19:31 Wednesday, Oct 25, 2017 In: Literature Tags: #adrift #october17 A town explores a book ATownExploresABook Explore the Arch ExploreTheArch Links Project The Wine Shed
How To Be A Nobody by…?

‘How to be a Nobody’

Call for experience. The forthcoming book, ‘How To Be A Nobody by…?’ will expound on the fallacy of status, how people have lost it, what it means if they gain it, how it relates to self-esteem and how the capitalist global market is dispossessing people who are having to resort to drastic measures to survive. The author, who at this stage wishes to remain anonymous, seeks brief examples of what it costs for a person to survive – in the UK or abroad – and how they continue to give despite the humblest circumstances. 

Posted 15:38 Monday, Aug 21, 2017 In: Literature Tags: poverty refugees sex workers
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