rs21 Readers and Writers recommend 2016, part 1

We asked our readers and writers to pick a cultural highlight of the year. Read on for suggestions of books, films, TV, music and even a cook book... Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh Colin Barker When...
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Ten radical poems for National Poetry Day

Like the song says, socialism is about bread, but also roses. With the help of rs21 members we've gathered ten poems about the fight against capitalism, racism and women's oppression, and our dreams for a better...

People’s theatre and fun palaces: the life of Joan Littlewood

Radical left wing theatre director Joan Littlewood changed the face of modern British theatre. Marking the centenary of her birth  there will be celebrations across Britain in honour of her achievements and ambitions including...

A View from the Bridge : A modern classic stripped to its tragic roots

Jack Farmer reviews a new production of Arthur Miller's play, currently running at the Young Vic Director Ivo van Hove's production of A View from the Bridge strips away all distractions, distilling Arthur Miller's classic tragedy down...

Review: Ali Smith’s Autumn, the first Brexit novel

Kate Bradley argues that Ali Smith's Autumn is precisely the kind of book about Brexit we don't need in our changing political climate.   Autumn is a novel about Brexit. It's also a book about Pop...

The Other Side of the Commonwealth: ‘Emancipation Acts’ Review

Christine Bird reviews a new performance exploring Scottish links to slavery Who knew that Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art is housed in the 18th century mansion of tobacco merchant William Cunninghame? There is not so...

The Political Power of Music: in conversation with Dave Randall

Colin Revolting speaks to musician and activist Dave Randall about his experience of 'mixing pop and politics' and the journey which led him to write Sound System -  The Political Power of Music. Interview transcribed by William...

Kes: a tale for our times. Remembering Barry Hines.

Barry Hines, the author of such books as A Kestrel for a Knave, which became the film Kes, has died aged 76. Colin Revolting offers an appreciation of his seminal work. Kes, or A Kestral...

On cultural appropriation, from American Spirit to Palmyra

While symbols and their deployment undoubtedly structure our experience, Will Searby argues that power relations have a materiality that an uncritical understanding of 'cultural appropriation' can obscure.  I still remember the first time I came across American Spirit...

Get organised! A guide from Ritzy and Curzon workers

In the past few months the strikes at the Ritzy cinema in Brixton and the growing campaign at Curzon cinema for the Living Wage have been an inspiration for those questioning how we can...