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Guest judges for the 2013 award

5 Dec

We are happy to be able to announce the full line-up of guest judges for the 2013 award.

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Nina Power

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 many articles on European philosophy, atomism, pedagogy, art and politics. Her book ‘One-Dimensional Woman’ was published in 2009 by Zero Books.

Nina’s writing has appeared in 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

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.

Nominations open for Bread and Roses Award 2013

1 Aug

Nominations are now open for the 2013 Bread and Roses Award for radical books published in 2012. The closing date for nominations is January 11 2013.

A shortlist will be announced in March 2013 and the winner will be announced at a one-day event on Saturday May 11 2013 at Conway Hall in London. This will include a Bread and Roses radical book fair, with stalls from radical publishers and booksellers, a cafe, and a series of free events based on the Award shortlist. Further details of this event will be announced later.

We are pleased to announce that Ken Livingstone, former GLC leader and Mayor of London, will join the team of judges for the 2013 Award.

David Graeber’s ‘Debt: The First 5,000 Years’ wins the first ever Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing

3 May

Bread and RosesIn the centenary year of the infamous Bread and Roses strike, the Alliance of Radical Booksellers is proud to announce the winner of the first annual Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing. David Graeber’s Debt: The First 5,000 Years clinched the prize in the final hour, following a reported deadlock between the guest judges.

 

Debt, by David Graeber (new cover featuring Bread and Roses flash)The judges felt that this brilliantly researched book was

engaging, readable, relevant, motivated by a clear political will, and utterly indispensable, not only for understanding the terms of the world we live in, where they came from, but also for what we do about changing them.

Although academic in its scope and scale, the judges commended Graeber for the quality of the language, and effort to make the ideas accessible and readily comprehensible.

Treasure Islands by Nicholas ShaxsonGraeber’s book narrowly came through after judges struggled to pick a winner between it and Nicholas Shaxson’s Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the men who stole the world, which they commended for its thoroughness of research, and ‘usefulness’ in the current political climate.

 

 

Nina Power

Nina Power announcing the award winner

The winner was announced at a ceremony on International Workers’ Day, 1st May 2012, at the trade union-run Bread and Roses pub in Clapham. The pub is currently in the middle of a season of cultural events celebrating the centenary of the Bread and Roses strike.

Although based in London and holding the position of Reader in Social Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London, David Graeber was unable to collect the prize as he is currently on a research trip in the United States. Bill Godber from Turnaround distributors collected the award and the prize money of £1,000 on his behalf.

Bill Godber collected the prize on David Graeber's behalf

Bill Godber collected the prize on David Graeber’s behalf

The Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing aims to promote the publication of radical books, to raise the profile of radical publishing, and to reward exceptional work. Without being too prescriptive in defining ‘radical’, the shortlisted books are informed by socialist, anarchist, environmental, feminist and anti-racist concerns, and primarily will inspire, support or report on political and/or personal change. They may relate to global, national, local or specialist areas of interest. To be eligible books must have been published in 2011, and the author’s or editor’s primary residence must be in the UK.

This year’s Bread and Roses award was judged by children’s novelist and poet Michael Rosen, lecturer and feminist author Nina Power, and Festival Director of Liverpool’s annual Writing on the Wall Festival, Madeline Heneghan.

Quotes from the Bread and Roses judges

Announcing the winner on behalf of the judging panel, Nina Power said:

The winner of the first Bread and Roses prize for Radical Publishing has written a text that breaks many rules, and does so excellently in each case: this is a book that covers so much material, refers to so many historical periods and geographical spaces, that the reader is dazzled – not only by the easy erudition of the writer but about how much it is possible to learn and with so little pain.

It’s a book that has the appearance – and at 534 pages, literally so – of a fearsome academic tract. But it avoids everything that frequently plagues academic writing: this book is instead engaging, readable, relevant, motivated by a clear political will and utterly indispensable not only for understanding the terms of the world we live in, where they came from, but also for what we do about changing them. It is a book written from the heart, albeit with the aid of a library the size of a palace – a people’s palace, that is!

Nik Gorecki, Nina Power, Mandy Vere

Nik Gorecki (Housmans Bookshop), Nina Power, Mandy Vere (News from Nowhere)