CD out now
This compilation of music from around the world has been released in solidarity with the West Papuan struggle for freedom from Indonesian rule.
It features songs from Shukar Collective (Romania), The Lani Singers (West Papua), Dominic Kakolobango (Zambia), Tribali (Malta), Amycanbe (Italy), Ohayo Samba (Brazil/Japan) and rare recordings of tribal chanting from West Papua.
Merdeka is a benefit CD to raise money for refugee support initiatives.
Marxism and Children’s Literature conference
Saturday 9 June
University of London £30/ £20
Following last year’s successful initiating conference at the University of Hertfordshire, there will be a second in what is hoped will be an annual event.
A number of leading writers will discuss different aspects of Marxism’s effects on and analysis of children’s literature.
Alan Gibbons and Michael Rosen will discuss critiques of government approaches to the teaching of children’s literature. Authors Ann Turnbull, China Miéville and Jonathan Neale will talk about their work.
Later... With Jools Holland
Friday 1 June
Pink Martini are a big band with a big sound and big ideas. They will be performing on this week’s Later.
Founder Thomas Lauderdale, a classically trained pianist, formed the group in 1994 to play political benefits in his hometown of Portland on the West Coast of the US.
They join the White Stripes, The Who and the Kaiser Chiefs.
Socialist Worker Interview with Pink Martini's Thomas Lauderdale