The Bread and Roses Award was first presented in 2012 for the best radical book of 2011.
Nominations are invited from national and international publishers – see our frequently asked questions page for further information.
An award of £1000 will be made each year to a writer of non-fiction.
A shortlist of up to six books will be announced in March of each year and promoted through bookshops and the radical press. Shortlisted books will:
- be informed by socialist, anarchist, environmental, feminist and anti-racist concerns
- inspire, support or report on political and/or personal change
- be accessible and readable by the interested reader
- relate to global, national, local or specialist areas of interest
A presentation ceremony will be held on May 11th 2013 at the ARB London Radical Bookfair 2013
A panel of judges is chosen each year to shortlist submissions and make the final award.
Dr Nina Power is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Roehampton University. She is the co-editor of Alain Badiou’s On Beckett (Clinamen), and the author of several articles on European Philosophy, atomism, pedagogy, art and politics. Her book ‘One-Dimensional Woman’ was published in 2009 by Zero Books.
Nina also writes for several magazines, including New Statesman, New Humanist, Cabinet, Radical Philosophy and The Philosophers’ Magazine. She is reviews editor for The Philosophers’ Magazine and also runs a film club (Kino Fist) in her spare time. She is based in London.
Ken Livingstone has twice held the leading political role in London local government, first as the Leader of the Greater London Council from 1981 until the Council was abolished in 1986, and then as the first elected Mayor of London from the creation of the office in 2000 until 2008. He also served as Labour MP for Brent East from 1987 to 2001.
Laura Oldfield Ford
Laura Oldfield Ford, originally from Halifax, West Yorkshire, studied at the Royal College of Art and has become well known for her politically active and poetic engagement with London as a site of social antagonism. She exhibits and teaches across Europe and America.
A compendium of her Savage Messiah zines has been published by Verso Books. Part graphic novel, part artwork, the book is both an angry polemic against the marginalization of the city’s working class and an exploration of the cracks that open up in urban space.