PLAN C has plans for Leeds (13, 14 Nov 2015)

Plan C events coming up soon:

On Friday 13th November 7pm, there is a book launch, discussion and gig. Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams discuss their new book: Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World without Work. The discussion will be followed by the band F.A.L.C.O performing the songs of 80s futurist Oi band Red Plenty and a performance by the band War Lass.

The 1 in 12 Club, Albion St, Bradford
On Saturday 14th November 7pm another discussion with Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams about the book Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World without Work. Following the discussion will be the social for the Plan C national congress taking place in Leeds that weekend. All invited.
LAB (Live Arts Bistro) Regent Street, LS2 Leeds.

Facebook event page:

Critical race and feminism books to be launched in October

Critical Race and Feminist writing on activism, subjectivities, governance and nation: Shirley Tate, Shona Hunter and Suryia Nayak and audience in conversation around their new books. Books by each of these authors will be launched at an event on 12th October 2015 in Leeds city centre.  All welcome, free, but you must register by 23rd September. Contact S.D.J.Hunter@LEEDS.AC.UK to register.  More information here:UK Northern Launch invitaion

We Are Many

This is a brilliant new documentary about the massive global protests in 2003 that tried to stop the war on Iraq (the disastrous repercussions of which are still with us). The Hyde Park Picture House is showing it at 8PM on Wednesday June 3rd. Leeds Taking Soundings is sponsoring this and as well as the director Amir Amirani coming for some Q & A, there is going to be a panel discussion with the co-chairs of Leeds Coalition Against the War in 2003: Frances Jones and Sally Kincaid. We recommend this everyone interested in Soundings.

See The Guardian review.

Link to the Hyde Park here.


World to Win Week-end School (29-31 May)

You are invited to this Weekend School

To Book: Email Keith Venables

A World to Win: learning from the past; making the future

Friday to Sunday 29th/30th/31st May 2015.

Join us for this exciting Full Board Weekend at Northern College, Barnsley.

It’s open to all activists with a sense of curiosity and we’ll run a course that provides you with bags of information on key eventsin working class history and asks you to connect this with the present day. From Tolpuddle to “Beer and Sandwiches”, from Peterloo to Grunwick, we’ll explore the past to make the future.  And the knowledge you bring will be valued.

Ask your union branch or campaign group to sponsor you.

For £50.00 you’ll get the full weekend, all meals and accommodation,

presentations, full IT, a booklet and hopefully a weekend to remember.

Tutors include: Ruth Richardson (Global Education), Peter Kilbane (Northern College),  Dave Berry (GMB Learning Project Worker) and Keith Venables (IWCE)

Now Recruiting: Places Limited

To Book: Email Keith Venables

Mark Fisher, Jeremy Gilbert: Compass event (28 March)

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You are warmly invited to: 

Reclaiming Modernity: Beyond Markets, Beyond Machines
with Mark Fisher and Jeremy Gilbert
All Welcome
Saturday 28th March, 12 – 2pm
The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds, LS10 1JQ

Political life can often feel pretty bleak for all the reasons you know and feel so well. As the 7 May election draws near, there is already a familiar sense that ‘big ideas’ are not welcome.
And then something pops up and rekindles your optimism.

In their new Compass publication, Reclaim Modernity, Mark Fisher and Jeremy Gilbert argue that progressive politics can only renew itself by recognising that we are a unique moment in history that requires us reclaim the transformative ambitions of modernity. They argue that we don’t have to fear the radical potential of modernity, but must rather embrace it in such a way that better reflects our shared values, democratically reforms public services, rejects techno-bureaucracy in the private and public sectors, and puts an end to the neoliberal micro-management of our working lives.

Arguing against thoughtless privatisation and a limitless free market, they propose that it is possible to go beyond markets and beyond machines in such a way that allows each of us to co-create a new democratic state that works better for all of us in the twenty-first century.

Join us, along with Mark Fisher and Jeremy Gilbert, to participate in a discussion about this crucial document.

The event is free but please register your place here:

Sponsors of this event are: Taking Soundings, University of Leeds, Bauman Institute and Compass.

The Kilburn Manifesto conference (21st Feb)

Soundings journal has published a series of articles on the current political conjuncture which it called The Kilburn Manifesto. This conference marks publication of the final chapter of the Manifesto.

Saturday 21 February 2014, 9.30-4pm

At the Human Rights Action Centre, London, EC2A 3EA

‘Although the neoliberal economic settlement is unravelling, its political underpinning remains largely unchallenged. The analyses in our manifesto call into question the foundational assumptions of the neoliberal order, and argue for radical alternatives that are capable of challenging the system as a whole.’

To celebrate the completion of After Neoliberalism? The Kilburn ManifestoSoundings  is organising a one-day conference to discuss and develop its themes.The day will combine plenary discussions with smaller breakout sessions to build on the themes of the Manifesto, and to debate ways forward. We welcome participants from all backgrounds, including academics, students, activists, journalists and commentators, or anyone interested in joining the conversation.

Following the conference, there will be a reception to launch the printed version of After Neoliberalism? The Kilburn Manifesto and to honour its co-editor, Stuart Hall.

Speakers include: Doreen Massey and Michael Rustin (editors of the Kilburn Manifesto and founding editors of Soundings), Beatrix Campbell (writer & campaigner), Jeremy Gilbert (UEL), Jo Littler (City University), Charlotte Millar (Finance Innovation Lab), Pragna Patel (Southall Black Sisters),  Marina Prentoulis (Syriza & UEA), Ewa Jasiewicz (union organiser & journalist), Mika Minio-Paluello (Platform), and Sirio Canos (Podemos & UCL).

Regular tickets – £30   Low income – £12

Find more information and buy tickets at

For ongoing programme and speaker updates attend the Facebook event:

Soundings is a journal of politics and culture, acting as a hinge between the world of academia and the wider political left.



Headingley Lit Fest 5 March to 2 April

A cornucopia of culture is about to arise in Headingley, Leeds with a succession of events in March. Because Taking Soundings is unashamedly biased towards staff at Leeds Beckett University, we particularly recommend the talks by Janet Douglas nd Doug Sandle. (They were on the staff when it was called Leeds Poly.) Our friends at Salon have an interesting event on Oscar Wilde too. And anything that includes Alison (aka AJ) Taft is bound to be worth a trip.  The brochure, beautifully designed by Leeds Uni alumnus and man about theatre Dick Wilcocks, can be downloaded here

Headingley LitFest single page