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Festival EventThis event is a part of Radical Book Fair 2023: Revolutionary Feeling series. Click to view more from this festival.

Alliances in the Making

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Featured Speakers

Arianne Shahvisi, Jenni Keasden & layla-roxanne hill

This event is a part of Radical Book Fair 2023: Revolutionary Feeling series. Click to view more from this festival.

Please check ticket info for this event below, incl. information about access.

Time and again, history has shown us that when we show up for each other’s fights, magical things happen. A power lies in coalitions which individual groups can rarely muster, but to reach that point, we must often overcome initial differences.

Start your Saturday evening being inspired by our panel as they share insights, stories and questions about how common ground can be found under pressure - from the frontlines of political conflict to the divisive arguments between individuals.

Our Speakers

Arianne Shahvisi is a Kurdish-British writer and academic philosopher. Raised in Lancashire and Essex, she studied astrophysics and philosophy at the universities of Cambridge and Oxford, and now teaches applied philosophy at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School, where her research focusses on gender, race, migration, and health. In Arguing For A Better World, she interrogates the language and concepts that are used to bring about injustice, and offers strategies for building a different kind of world.

Jenni Keasden grew up in Scotland and cut her teeth in and around the social movements across Britain since the early 2000s. More recently, she has spent two years in Rojava Kurdistan working with the Kurdish Freedom Movement. Now, she lives in Glasgow, surrounded by amazing people and semi-working vehicles, and supports herself to write and scheme revolution by doing care work. She is passionate about building bridges between people, movements, and worlds.

layla-roxanne hill is a freelance writer + organiser, living + healing in glasgow, scotland. she thinks, feels + acts upon many things, including the way our conditions move us to take action. she is also active in the trade union movement. layla-roxanne is co-author/dreamer of Black Oot Here: Black Lives in Scotland (Bloomsbury, 2022) + the freely available graphic novel + animation Black Oot Here: Dreams O Us.

This event will be chaired by Mohamed Tonsy

*Please note that masks will be required at this event (as with all Lighthouse events).

*Accessibility: All events will be professionally filmed & livestreamed. The Roxy is wheelchair accessible (including toilets) and we'll have provisions for neurodivergent guests including stims, quiet space and colour-coded lanyards.

*Events are £5 or free -we completely understand paying for one or two events and then getting free spots for others. The Radical Book Fair is entirely bookshop run and ticket sales are vital to keeping the fair sustainable and paying all our speakers so all support is heartily welcome!

*Featured books: The book & ticket option will select the most recently published book at any given event, if you’re not sure which book you want or don’t want that featured book, then buy a £5 voucher ticket that can be used for any of the books below.

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Featured Books