Chris Richardson’s ‘A City of Light…’ 3rd edition

Almost a decade after we brought out the first edition of A City of Light…, this book continues to be our most successful publication and remains an important contribution to the history of the labour movement.

With stocks of the 2015 run depleted, a new edition of the book had been planned for a while, but we finally revisited this project following the desperately sad loss of our dear friend and comrade Chris Richardson.

The 3rd edition is now available from Five Leaves Bookshop, The Bookcase and The Sparrows’ Nest, or just send us an email.

If you want to read the book online, you can access it for free on our website.

We hope you enjoy this book, which will continue to be a memorial to a wonderful and dearly missed person.

Please also read Chris’ 2007 pamphlet The Co-operative Movement in Greater Nottingham – A Journey Towards Political Representation in the Digital Library of The Sparrows’ Nest Library and Archive.

Obituary: Chris Richardson | 1947-2020

With great sadness do we report on the death of our friend and comrade Chris Richardson, committed Socialist, proud fighter for LGBTQ+ liberation, accomplished historian and author of A City of Light….


New LOASP book: Face Blind in Berlin, Suffolk and Gedling – The Memoirs of Chris Cook Cann

We are very proud about our latest release, published by Loaf On A Stick Press (in cooperation with the prestigious Saithwaite Press):

Face Blind in Berlin, Suffolk and Gedling – The Memoirs of Chris Cook Cann More

Book Launch: Face Blind in Berlin, Suffolk and Gedling

To celebrate the release of Loaf On A Stick’s latest publication, Chris Cook Cann’s Face Blind in Berlin, Suffolk and Gedling, there will be an event at the Jam Cafe on Thursday, January 23rd, 7pm. The author has sent out the following invitation:


2019 ‘To the Castle’ guided walk

It has been a good while since we did one of these and people keep asking us whether we will run another one. So there you go, back on populari(ish) demand:

Another of our popular guided walks ‘To the Castle!’.

Saturday, 9th November 2019
Start 4pm St Peter Square (outside M&S)

As always this event is free of charge and wheelchair accessible.

For details please see our events page.

Remembering the 1968 Revolts – Pamphlet and audio recordings now available

Following our event remembering the 1968 Revolts, audio recordings of the talks and a shiny new pamphlet are now available!


Event: Remembering the 1968 Revolts – 3rd June 2018

Join us for a film screening, an exhibition of original sources and a panel session of people sharing their memories of struggles fought here in Nottingham during that iconic year, which saw deeply-rooted conflicts erupt into open revolts all around the globe. More

April 2018 update

Well, well, it really has been a while since we updated this site. Sorry about that, but life can get in the way of awesome research projects!


Events for the University of Nottingham’s History Festival

We have been asked to participate in a History Festival organised by the University of Nottingham. Avid followers of our activities will of course know we have (repeatedly) run these events before, but do not fear – there is also a new and VERY exciting new project being worked on – so watch this space! More

Wed 8th Mar – 7pm: Historic Graffiti – the Hidden Story of the Hopes, Fears and Desires of a Nation

Please also see our events page.

We are delighted to announce our first event of 2017, a talk by James Wright (University of Nottingham) on the awesome subject of Historic Graffiti:

Modern graffiti is often seen as transgressive and stupid. However, look closely in the light of a torch at the walls of our historic buildings, trees, caves and rockfaces and you will see a world of graffiti left that illuminates the psychology of our ancestors. The study of historic graffiti enables us to hear the lost voices of ordinary individuals through their images of daisywheels, ships sailing across the walls, knights drawing their swords, demons stalking the stonework and every animal imaginable…

Wednesday 8th March 2017 – 7pm

Broadway Cinema

Room 2 (if in doubt where to go, simply lurk around near the Box Office just before 7pm and we will find you!).

Free event – venue wheelchair accessible.

If you are planning to come, please send us a quick email so we can get a better idea about numbers.

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