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Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 07:30 PM
Zoom in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

WE Edinburgh and The Lothians 'Book Club' - October 2021

Join WE Edinburgh and The Lothians for our next 'Book Club' which will be held on Thursday 28th October 2021 at 19:30 via Zoom. The book that we will be discussing is Luckenbooth by Jenni FaganHistorically, a luckenbooth was a place from which to trade, a lock-up booth on the Edinburgh Royal Mile; or often, by metonymy, the traditional heart-shaped brooch you might buy from one, to pin to the clothes of your firstborn and ward off evil. But whatever the word meant a hundred years ago, Luckenbooth the book is about now. Fagan’s booth of stories – her Cornell box of frenzies, tragedies and delights – offers the present moment in the endless war between love and capital. It’s brilliant.

From the start, Luckenbooth gives the feel of a legend or fairy story. It’s 1910, on an unnamed island in the North Sea. Jessie Macrae and her father have had a falling out, and now he’s dead; or, given that he’s the Devil, he may still be alive. Jessie, who has been growing horns herself of late, launches into the surf in the coffin he forced her to sleep in – perhaps as a stark reminder of her mortality, perhaps as a harbinger of it – and begins to row. Three days later she lands on the Edinburgh shore, where she finds herself at 10, Luckenbooth Close, a tenement building on nine floors, “with catacombs below”. There she’ll meet Mr Udnam – gangster, property speculator and, surprisingly, minister of culture – and his wife; and become the surrogate mother of their child. She is pregnant within hours, or perhaps minutes, as you might be in a folk tale. The spiritual disaster thus ignited – the torn seam between the supernatural and capitalist reality – will haunt the tenement and its subsequent inhabitants for the rest of the century.

The struggle towards the revelation of what actually happened between the minister, his wife, their surrogate and their tiny daughter Hope narrates itself upwards, floor by floor. The building ages towards Hogmanay, 1999. Hooves are heard in the night. Time periods slip about, gleefully penetrating one another. A multistorey horror story reveals itself obliquely in fragments across a number of years and viewpoints, weirdly paced, the action rushed and breathless, generalised, then freezing for a moment on an unexpected scene or event. It’s like the speech of an excited child; but you soon discover that the perspective is much, much more experienced than your own.

Along the way the novel takes in the stories of a score of families, together with nine decades of ridiculous gangsters, dazed stoners and puzzled loners. In 1928, Flora, intersex and stunning, takes another bump of coke and looks herself over in her mirror before leaving for a party. In 1939, young, black and a long way from home, Levi from Louisiana catalogues animal bones at the Royal School of Veterinary Studies. He is learning to connect them, while impulses he doesn’t understand compel him to build a mermaid skeleton. In 1943, Ivy Proudfoot – 17, bisexual and obsessed with revenge – yearns to kill men the way men have always killed women. Every night she hears a little girl, trotting up and down all nine floors of the building. Agnes the spirit medium moved into Luckenbooth in 1926, and since then the dead have never left her alone. By 1956 they have colonised everything from the loo to her husband’s armchair. When she gets the tin bath out, they are in it before she is, and they have a message for the minister of culture. During the coalfield strikes of 1989, meanwhile, Ivor the miner, allergic to light, is listening out for his little niece Esme’s invisible friend, tap-tapping away in the walls.

Please join us as we take a tour through the past and present of Edinburgh's Luckenbooth.

You are welcome to join us whether or not you have had chance to read the book! Please fill in the below detail and you will be sent the Zoom Link. 

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Sunday, October 31, 2021 at 02:00 PM · 10 rsvps
Retreat Lounge in Hull, United Kingdom

Hull Branch Starter Meeting

Leaders from the Women's Equality Party from Sheffield and London will be visiting Hull to speak to WEP members in Hull and Humber region about starting a branch in Hull. Join us to:

  • Find out what is needed to start up a branch
  • How to form an initial branch team
  • The different volunteer roles available
  • Set goals for the Women's Equality Party in Hull

Join us to find out what having a WEP branch in Hull will do to help women's equality!

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Tuesday, November 02, 2021 at 06:30 PM
Online in Manchester, United Kingdom

Branch meeting

Come along to our Zoom branch meeting to discuss future plans and actions! Zoom link will be published in the members' newsletter, or contact us by email.

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Wednesday, November 03, 2021 at 06:00 PM · 2 rsvps
online in Exeter, United Kingdom

Exeter social meeting - November

Our November social meeting will be online at 6pm.

RSVP below for updates, including the all important meeting link, nearer the time.

As the meeting is online, please supply yourself with snacks, tea and the like. Pets are always welcome in shot!

 

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Saturday, November 06, 2021 at 10:00 AM · 1 rsvp
Online meeting please Email [email protected] for joining instructions

WE MK branch meeting - 6 November 2021

Our branch meets on the second Saturday of the month at 10 am - 12pm. RSVP.  Agenda and zoom link will be circulated nearer the time.  Contact us at
[email protected]
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Saturday, November 06, 2021 at 11:00 AM · 1 rsvp
Finsbury Park Cafe in London, United Kingdom

WEP Haringey November Meet-Up

Join us for our monthly meet-up! We will be meeting at Finsbury Park Cafe this month on a Saturday to enable members to come who can't make a Wednesday evening.

We will be talking about the local council elections next year, branch officer roles and how you can play an active part in our branch.

If you have any question email us at [email protected].

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Sunday, November 14, 2021 at 07:00 PM
Zoom in London, United Kingdom

Barnet Branch Meeting November 2021

As we prepare for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence 

WE discuss ways we can move towards the goal of ending Violence Against Women & Girls (VAWG) with...

  Chair Tabitha Morton,

WEP's spokesperson on ending VAWG

 

 

  Debbie Brazil,

Founder of End Sexism In Schools

 

Björn from Engage UK an international pro-feminist group of men who are holding their first online conference next week

RSVP to get the zoom meeting details. 

 

Stay Safe & Keep Well

Lisa, Olivia & the branch team


Women's Equality Barnet
http://www.womensequality.org.uk/barnet

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 08:00 PM · 3 rsvps
Online - Zoom

WE Cheshire East Nov 2021 meeting

International Men's Day: Being a positive role model

With contributions from male supporters of the Women's Equality Party and a White Ribbon Ambassador.

  • Yacob – who has worked in a number of roles in the public sector responsible for equality in many forms – especially language and policy
  • Richard – a leading White Ribbon Ambassador in Congleton, striving to eradicate male violence against women and girls (also a Pride campaigner and Trustee)
  • Jamie – an executive head hunter and father to a 2-year-old – who will talk about both professional and personal aspects

You don't have to be a member to join in. All welcome!

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WE look forward to seeing you!

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at 06:00 PM · 2 rsvps
online in Exeter, United Kingdom

Exeter branch meeting - November

Our November branch meeting will be online at 6pm. Hope you can join us.

RSVP below for updates, including the all important meeting link, nearer the time.

As the meeting is online, please supply yourself with snacks, tea and the like. Pets are always welcome in shot!

 

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Saturday, December 04, 2021 at 10:00 AM
Online meeting please Email [email protected] for joining instructions

WE MK branch meeting - 4 December 2021

Our branch meets on the second Saturday of the month at 10 am - 12pm. RSVP.  Agenda and zoom link will be circulated nearer the time.  Contact us at
[email protected]
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