Forces Watch and Veterans For Peace UK
Monday 3 November 2014
5 Caledonian Road
In the run up to Remembrance Sunday Forces Watch and VFP UK invite you to an evening of performance, discussion and music;
Steve Pratt – “About the Making of a Dangerous Individual”
Book Launch – “Spectacle, Reality, Resistance: Confronting a culture of militarism” by David Gee and published by Forces Watch
Jim Radford and Walter Heaton – Anti War Songs
Steve Pratt is an artist and former SAS soldier. “About the Making of a Dangerous Individual” is a powerful spoken word performance based on Steve’s childhood, service in the army and afterwards. The performance is backed by an atmospheric solo guitar.
In his new book, ‘Spectacle, Reality, Resistance: Confronting a culture of militarism’, published by ForcesWatch, David Gee takes a fresh look at a culture of militarism in Britain, exploring these dynamics – distance, romance, control – in three essays, accompanied by three shorter pieces about the cultural treatment of war and resistance to the government’s increasingly prodigious efforts to regain control of the story we tell ourselves about war. David Gee will be joined by Ben Griffin of Veterans For Peace to explore what the public act of remembrance has become and how we can challenge the militarism it represents. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.
Jim Radford is the youngest surviving veteran of D-Day and has been active in the peace movement for over 50 years. Jim will tell stories and sing songs inspired by his experience in the Royal Navy and the peace movement. Jim is a member of Veterans For Peace.
Walter Heaton served with the British Army in Malaya and was active in the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland. Walter will tell stories and sing a few songs inspired by his experiences.
Entry is free, donations to Forces Watch and Veterans For Peace appreciated.