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Tuesday 27 June
Is there such a thing as Women’s Journalism? Eleanor Mills, co-editor of Cupcakes and Kalashnikovs - 100 Years of the Best Journalism by Women, argues that women have a special strength when they put themselves and their point of view into what they write, giving examples from the last century. 6.30pm (£6/£4) at the British Library Conference Centre, St Pancras.
Ambit Books is celebrating the release of the second in their 'Here from Elsewhere' series of poetry collections at the Owl Bookshop, 209 Kentish Town Road, NW5 at 6.30pm. Here’s an extract:
Sir Winston Churchill Knew My Mother
by Satyendra Srivastava
And Sir Winston knew this too that
In India some women who
Worshipped that same naked fakir as a father
Had laid down one day in the town of Mussoorie
In rows in the road and prevented the units
Of soldiers of the British Empire from going further
And among them had been some women who
Heavy with child could have given birth at any moment
Therefore exactly for this reason I
Went to Hyde Park Gate as soon as
I reached London
Stood in front of Sir Winston¹s shut house
Bowed respectfully, then spoke out loudly
ŒYou, sir Winston, knew my mother
Pregnant in her eighth month
Having received my father¹s blessing
She too laid down in
That road in Mussoorie
From where the army units had to return ¬
I am the son born from that mother¹s womb
And Satyendra is my name
And I have come to tell you
That I have now arrived in England.¹
Wednesday 28 June
Mother told us never to talk God or politics with company, but the debate tonight "Prurience or privilege: Are politicians entitled to a private life?" between a newspaper editor, a politician, a legal practitioner and a legal academic discussing the right to privacy of politicians in the public eye is worth a small infringement. 18.30-21.00 at the British Library Conference Centre, St Pancras, £10.00 (concessions £7.50) Glass of wine included.
Thursday 29 June
Robert Chandler, shortlisted for the 2005 Rossica Translation Prize, gives a talk on Platonov at 7pm entitled 'Without Food or God', before a ahortened Platonov's 'Fourteen Little Red Huts' is performed. Tickets & Address Details.