STREET MUSIC: POEMS with Mike Marqusee Goldsmiths 21.3.13

Sorry to say this is Cancelled, we will try to reschedule.

One of Britain’s best-regarded social observers will be reading a selection from his recent collection of poetry.

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This deeply personal collection of poems from one of Britain’s most highly regarded left-wing writers and social observers represents the author’s first foray into verse and a landmark in his writing career.

Mike Marqusee was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City and emigrated to Britain in 1971, aged 18. Since the late 70s he has lived in and around North London and has been active in a variety of political and social causes and campaigns at local, national and international level.

As a member of the Labour Party for nearly twenty years, including a long stint as editor of the left-wing Labour Briefing, he was involved in the struggle against the takeover of the Party by the forces of ‘New Labour’. He finally resigned from the party in 2000. Since then, he has taken part in anti-war, pro-Palestinian and anti-cuts campaigns as well as continuing his long-standing engagement with south Asian politics and culture.

H is writing has covered a wide range of topics from cricket and music to the politics of identity and mass resistance. Mike’s well acclaimed books include: ‘REDEMPTION SONG: Mohammad Ali and the spirit of sixties'(1999); ‘CHIMES OF FREEDOM: The politics of Bob Dylan’s Art’ (2003); and ‘IF I AM NOT FOR MYSELF- Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jew'(2008) amongst others.

For an archive of his work: www.mikemarqusee.com

Location: BPLT, Ben Pimlott Building, Goldsmiths University of London
Cost: free
Department: Centre For Cultural Studies
Time: 21 March 2013, 18:30 – 20:00