Left Book Club
For some years now the city has had an annual celebration of all
things literary under the name of "Wakefield LitFest". The Red
Shed has hosted a number of events for this festival. One of
the main themes of these has been our favourite sport - Rugby
League. We have been fortunate here to have as an organiser
the former Member of Parliament for Wakefield, David Hinchliffe, who
is author of a number of books on Rugby League.
|Rugby League legends
Neil Fox and Brian Lockwood appearing
during Wakefield LitFest 2015
The other main theme has been political and, as a spin-off, we have
a group which meets occasionally to pick a book title and have a
discussion based around it. This is generally led by one
member of the group but is very informal and discussion can be very
wide ranging. Entrance is free and all meetings are open to
anyone with an interest in the subject.
There is also a national organisation by the name of "Left Book Club".
This was started in 2015 as a successor to the original Left Book
Club (1936-1948). Our modest and very informal group has no
connection with either of these, but shares their aim of spreading
information which is essential in any debate on progressive
Here`s a link to an interesting recent article on this subject : http://novaramedia.com/2016/11/01/the-case-for-left-book-clubs/
Next meeting will be . . . . . (none currently scheduled)
Books previously featured in the group`s dicussions :
Copies of these books have been placed in the club`s library.
We have a set of shelves with a collection of books on various
subjects but the core of the collection is politically themed.
The collection was started with money raised from a Red Shed Players
production and has been added to, mainly by donations from members,
for which we are grateful. Books in the collection are
available for borrowing by club members. Nobody is formally in
charge as librarian, so we rely on anyone who has borrowed a book to
fetch it back !
- "The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists" by Robert
- "The Establishment" by Owen Jones
- "A Very British Coup" by Chris Mullin
- "The Shock Doctrine" by Naomi Klein
- "Coming up for Air" by George
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