We are delighted to announce that Pete Hay’s Physick has been shortlisted for the 2017 Tasmania Book Prize.

Date: Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Time: 7.00pm

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, 14a Long Row, Nottingham, NG1 2DH

Admission free

John Lucas will be launching his collection of short fiction, The Hotel of Dreams and Other Stories, published by Plas Gwyn Books, and Rod Madocks will be reading from and talking about his recent Shoestring Press book, Our Tan: Memoir of a Destroyed Life.

Date: Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Time: 5.30pm

Venue: Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy Street, London, W1T 5BT

Admission free

Tea and coffee served from 5.00pm


Reviewed: Michael Eaton
Reviewer: Professor Jeremy MacClancy, Department of Social Sciences, Oxford, Brookes University
Review: Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, vol. 23, no. 4, December 2017, pp.831-832

The British Museum’s Anthropology Library and Research Centre, in conjunction with the Royal Anthropological Institute, is pleased to present the first seminar in the 2018-19 series of ‘Reviewer meets Reviewed’, a discussion between Michael Eaton, author of Head Hunters: a Drama Based on the Life and Works of Alfred Cort Haddon, and Jeremy MacClancy, who reviewed the book for the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.

In 1898 Alfred Cort Haddon led an expedition to the islands of the Torres Strait where he made the very first ethnographic films. Haddon took the fledgling ‘Cinderella Science’ of anthropology away from the speculative theories of Victorian scholars into the real world of native peoples whose lives had been transformed by global mercantilism and Christian evangelisation. Michael Eaton’s play centres upon Haddon’s relationship with James Frazer, author of The Golden Bough and armchair anthropologist par excellence, and on the time he spent as a volunteer in the YMCA Huts on the Western Front, where Charles Myers, one of the original members of the team, pioneered the psychological treatment of shell-shocked soldiers. The introduction to Head Hunters pays tribute to Haddon’s unjustly neglected work and its recent unforeseen political consequences.

Bookings/enquiries: Ted Goodliffe –

Date: Friday, 26 October 2018

Time: 7.00pm

Venue: The Poetry Society, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX

Admission: £4

‘Fourth Friday’ at the Poetry Society. A Shoestring Press evening featuring the work of Sue Dymoke, Ruth O’Callaghan and Jonathan Taylor – collections What They Left Behind, The Testimony of the Trees and Cassandra Complex, respectively.