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Revolting Bodies #1- Birth + Death

October 14 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for a series of poetry workshops lead by poet and writer Eleanor Penny. Over three sessions, we'll explore stories of queer and feminine life in resistance - at the kitchen sink, in the bedroom, in the hospital, on the streets. We'll delve into the MayDay archives, looking at queer zines, feminist poetics and strike agitprop, asking how storytelling and poetry can become an act of resistance. With playful prompts and new editing techniques, we'll think about how to wreak havoc in the first drafts and challenge our writing in the editing process. SESSION #1 - BIRTH + DEATH pregnancy // the queer death drive // Maggie Smith // Warsan Shire // Patricia Smith // sex with the devil // eating off your own feet // bashing back ****** You can book for just one class, or sign up for the whole programme. It's completely free - but spaces are very limited, so get your place as soon as possible. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/revolting-bodies-1-birth-death-tickets-37914872404 Open to all genders & sexualities. ABOUT ELEANOR PENNY Eleanor Penny is a prize-winning writer and Barbican Young Poet, recently shortlisted for Young People's Poet Laureate for London. A poet-in-residence at the Centre for Recent Drawing, her commissions include The Poetry School, Rich Mix and Deptford Cinema. Her first collection is forthcoming, 2018. She's a Senior Editor at Novara Media, Online Editor at Red Pepper Magazine, and a member of activist collective Plan C.

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Scan-a-thon: Newham Monitoring Project

October 14 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

In conjunction with "Thirty Years of Surveillance: The Video Camera as a Weapon" this months Scan-a-thon will focus on our Newham Monitoring Project's U-Matic Tape collection. We will be screening the tapes as we digitise them at the same time. Come and find out about the wonderful world of U-matic and see some amazing footage from one of our favourite police monitoring groups! There will also be a chance to look through our collections, and learn how to scan, catalogue and disseminate archival materials.

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4:00 pm

Closed Meeting

October 14 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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6:00 pm

Thirty Years of Surveillance: The Video Camera as a Weapon

October 14 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

This event will look at the role of archival videos that document and bear witness to past protests and demonstrations in London. We will include videos made in the 1970s and 1980s, held by the London Community Video Archive and MayDay Rooms. A panel discussion following the screening will be framed around how this material circulates and can be mobilised in a contemporary context. We will start by screening August 13th (1977), a documentary about the now infamous Battle of Lewisham, made by a community film unit based in New Cross. This was recently rediscovered by the London Community Video Archive and challenges the version of events put forward at the time the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. We will then show excerpts from the following two video projects: The Dividing Line (1986) a short film made by Newham Monitoring Project (NMP), which was first broadcast on BBC2 in January 1986. The film publicises "this country's intrinsic racism" and NMP's long-term work in campaigning against racism, fascism and police harassment. Who Killed Colin Roach (1983), a video made by Isaac Julien about the campaign around the controversial death of a young black man while in police custody. A panel discussion with Wail Qasim and other speakers to be confirmed. Please book a space here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/thirty-years-of-surveillance-the-video-camera-as-a-weapon-tickets-38433253897

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