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August news from October Books

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We are an independent community bookshop based in the Portswood area of Southampton. We are a not-for-profit co-operative – any money we make is ploughed back into the business.
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189 Portswood Road, Southampton,

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August news and events

New Website!

Picture – Nigel Rigden
We’ve got a shiny new website to go with our shiny new shop! We are still doing the last few tweaks but it should be available on Monday 12th from here . Let us know what you think!

Come and work at October Books

Bookshop Coordinator
Between 25 & 35 hrs per week to be negotiated.
3 month probation period. 
Deadline for Applications: Monday 26th  August 2019Thanks to you our investors and members we have now entered a new chapter, having moved to a new building with a spacious and flexible shop for events, a community space for hire, and a more prominent display of vegan, fairtrade and organic goods. The move has seen an increase in custom and we now have a community space to run and a building to manage. This has increased the workload for the existing team and the development of systems and structures for management of this revitalised business need to be improved.

We’re looking for a new team member with vision and energy who is up for this long term challenge to help us continue to grow. Someone to help us streamline the core processes of the business and help us improve our long term business and financial strategy. We’d like someone who is passionate about what we are doing and wants to be part of it and supports our radical ethos and purpose.

If this sounds like you, then you can find out more information and a full job description on our new website HERE. Please do give us a call or write to us at info@octoberbooks.org if there are problems accessing the website and application form.

Amy’s leaving

In other news, we are really sad to announce that Amy, who has been working with us over the last year, will be leaving us in September. Amy has been an absolute asset to October Books at this time of great change. She has revitalised our events listings and we now have at least two book related events in our new space every month. She has also given our promotions work a makeover, allowing a growing presence on social media and a more consistent public image. She will be greatly missed by the team and we wish her every success in her future endeavours.


Miniature Portswood: Gallery & Solo Exhibition Opening
Sat 3rd August – Sat 7th September

“Miniature Portswood ” is the way local artist Romina Cristi Olate (Rco) is saying goodbye to the neighbourhood she has been living the last 3 years but at the same time the born of a new Gallery Space for the city in the new premises of October Books, located at the very heart of this iconic street.The artists work will be available to view and to buy from 3rd August through to 7th September. Please note that the art will not be viewable when the room is being hired out.
August Radical Reading Group: The End of Policing by Alex Vitale
Tues 13th August – 7.00-8.30pm

This month we’re reading chapter 2 of Alex Vitale’s “The End of Policing”: “The Police Are Not Here to Protect You”
“This book attempts to spark public discussion by revealing the tainted origins of modern policing as a tool of social control. It shows how the expansion of police authority is inconsistent with community empowerment, social justice—even public safety. Drawing on groundbreaking research from across the world, and covering virtually every area in the increasingly broad range of police work, Alex Vitale demonstrates how law enforcement has come to exacerbate the very problems it is supposed to solve.”

Author talk: The Britain Potential by Jim Cowan
Tues 20th August – 7pm start – instore
please book your free tickets

“Our times are moving unmistakably, at the deepest level, toward a focus on human beings and humanism”

Britain has enormous potential, but is it realising it? For too many the answer is no. Jim Cowan will be talking about what it takes to realise that potential, as individuals, families, communities, organisations and as a country.

Over the last 40 years, the mainstream consciousness directing the country has been about market thinking and not about humanism. Cowan provides insight into how the limiting of potential has been widespread, especially through our key institutions and their practices. But the green shoots of genuine humanity are appearing! The Britain Potential gives over 70 stories of how people are doing things. From the Isle of Wight homeless bus to Merseycare`s zero approach to suicide. His work unlocks the deeper significance of this unreported transformation at grass roots. This is not just a book about thinking, it`s also about doing and being.

The Aqueerium
Wed 21st August- 7pm in storeNew monthly queer discussion group taking place on the third Wednesday of every month. Free and open to all self-defining LGBTQIA+ people who want to meet and talk about any issues in a safe and confidential queer space.

The group will also be looking at queer art, film and reading – politics and anything else that floats yer boat… It is hoped that the group will evolve organically over time shaped by the LGBTQIA+  community who attend.

Author Talk: The Wine and the Water by Tamar Hodes
Tues 15th October, 7-8.30pm
Please book your free tickets

To celebrate the DVD release of Nick Broomfield’s ‘Marianne and Leonard’, Tamar Hodes talks about her semi-fictional tale set in Hydra!
It is the 1960s and a group of young writers and artists gather on the Greek island of Hydra – Leonard Cohen is at the start of his career and in love with Marianne, and the island hums with excitement. However, Greece is overtaken by a military junta and the artistic idyll is threatened. In this fictionalised account, Tamar Hodes explores the destructive side of creativity and the price that we pay for our dreams.Israeli born British author Tamar Hodes blends reality with fiction in this quintessential 1960s flavored novel of art and relationship changes. She has been teaching English in schools, universities and prisons while writing for Radio 4 and others in anthologies including Salt’s The Best British Short Stories 2015, The Pigeonhole, Your One Phone Call, the Ofi Press, MIR online and Fictive Dream. She’ll be in the shop to discuss her book!Members Meeting
Tues 22nd October, 6.30pm

Quarterly Members Meeting for Customer Members. To find out more about becoming a member please follow this link.

All of these events are FREE ENTRY, but with a suggested donation of £2 to help cover our costs 🙂

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