Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Lowdham Book Festival

Spokesman Books and Russell Press will be at the Lowdham Book Festival on Saturday. Details of the final day can be found below.

All Day Book Fair and Café
Saturday 29th June, 10am–5pm
Village Hall, Main Street, Lowdham

Throughout the day the Village Hall hosts a café run by mmm…deli,serving hot and cold drinks, salads and panini, cakes and ice-cream. The book fair is spread over the Village Hall, a marquee behind the hall and assorted gazebos. It features publishers, charities, book trade organisations,booksellers with new and second-hand books and cards. There are displays of old-fashioned letterpress printing equipment and bookbinding. Free author talks and talks about books will go on throughout the day. There will be books for children and adults, bargain books and books signed by all the authors appearing during the festival.

Entry is free to the book fair and all events on Saturday 29th June.

No tickets required. Join us for an hour or the wholeday!

For full details of all the events on Saturday please download the Festival programme:

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Trouble in Turkey

We have received this urgent appeal from the President of the Union of Journalists in Turkey.

Dear colleagues,

Everything is getting worse. In Istanbul, on Saturday evening, police entered Gezi Park using tear gas and water cannon against civilian people including women and children. Police also used tear gas in hotels around the area, where injured people had gone for treatment. Police do not allow the press to work freely in Taksim or other places where they attack to people. Pictures of a photo-journalist (Cem Türkel from Akşam daily) were deleted by using force in Harbiye near Taksim on Saturday night.

On Sunday, police began to arrest the doctors from the hotels who treated the people there. Police also made operation in some houses to arrest the leaders of Çarşı group (fans of Beşiktaş football team who were very active at the protesting demonstrations).

In Ankara, there was a funeral ceremony for Ethem Sarısülük, who was killed by a plastic bullet fired by police. Police do not allow people to meet in Kızılay, the center of Ankara. Police used water cannon against people, also by targeting journalists, especially cameramen who try to broadcast live.

Most of the Turkish media companies do not publish the realities. The people share the information and pictures mainly by social media, and a few tv companies and daily newspapers. The Radio and Television High Council fined four tv companies because they broadcast the demonstration related to Gezi Park resistance.

On Sunday, it was announced that the publication of Taraf daily has been banned. People were inside a big shopping center (Cevahir AVM) in Mecidiyeköy district, protesting against police attacks and the government. Police were also wait within the building.

There is an unseen, brutal attack against civilian people in Turkey. This is a crime against humanity. I make the criminal complaint against the Prime Minister who ordered the police attack.

The Prime Minister said on Saturday at the meeting in Ankara held by his party: "Everybody should empty Taksim by tomorrow (when there was a second mass meeting of the Prime Minister in Istanbul), otherwise my police knows how to empty that place".

Egemen Bağış, the Minister of the Responsible for EU Relations, declared that "everyone who wants to go to Taksim from now is a terrorist".

I ask all of you to protest to the Turkish government by emphasizing the situation of Turkey with respect to the freedom of press and expression.

I ask you to urge your governments and the European Union to condemn the Turkish government.

I hope I will have a chance to travel to Brussels on Wednesday to participate in the Speak-up conference.

But before the conference, please speak up!

Ercan Ipekci
Journalists' Union of Turkey
(Türkiye Gazeteciler Sendikası - TGS)

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Book Launch for Safe at Work?

The WEA in partnership with the London Hazards Centre invites all Trade Union H&S Reps and trade unionists who want to get up-to-date with Government proposals for H&S to Health and Safety and the Cuts & Book Launch for Safe at Work?

Monday 24 June 2013
6.30pm - 8.00pm

WEA London Region
96 – 100 Clifton Street
London EC2A 4TP

SPEAKERS include
Tony O’Brien – Construction Safety Campaign
Dave Putson – Author, PCS H&S rep
Tony Simpson – Publisher, UNITE

The evening will be a combination of speakers on fighting the current attacks to H&S, an opportunity for H&S reps to network, and the launch of Dave Putson’s book, Safe at Work ? Ramazzini versus the attack on health and safety.

Dave is an active PCS TU H&S rep in the Courts Service

Please let Monica know if you will be attending on or 0207 426 1976


WEA Registered Charity number - 1112775

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