Filmed Public Lecture & Portal Launch

Filmed Public Lecture & Portal Launch: C.L.R. James and opposition to WWII

a fireside chatWednesday 8th April, 7.00pm at HATCH, Homerton E9 6AB

An alternative lecture on C.L.R. James and other writers’ opposition to WWII with James Heartfield, lecturer, journalist and author of Unpatriotic History of the Second World War.

In a 1940 pamphlet entitled My Friends: A Fireside Chat on the War, C.L.R. James rejected entry into the Second World War and parodied Franklin Roosevelt’s fireside chats “My friends, why does the President want us to fight?…..Tell me, Mr. President, what democracy do I defend by going to fight Hitler? Hitler is a vile criminal and should be driven off the face of the earth. But I have no democracy and the democracy I haven’t got Hitler didn’t take from me. I know all those who have been taking away democracy from me and my people……..all of them aided by you, President Roosevelt……”

To discuss this rare and principled opposition by C.L.R. James and other writers, we are delighted to be hosting this filmed public lecture on Wednesday 8th April at 7.00pm at the exciting new venue HATCH, Homerton, a 1 minute walk from Homerton station.

We are also launching our C.L.R. James knowledge portal on the night and serving complimentary platters and snacks.

Tickets cost £7/£4 and as spaces are limited, it is wise to book as soon as possible. Please note that the entrance fee will help towards venue and film costs for this exciting event.

Tickets can be booked online via