Cheers Govanhill with Peter Mohan
Date: Wednesday 10th August, 6pm
Location: Dixon Halls
Register for your free spot here.

Peter Mohan’s semi-fictional Cheers Govanhill blog is a love letter to Glasgow’s weirdest neighbourhood. The author will be reading live from this untamed, lyrical take on an endlessly fascinating place, from ‘the worst streets in Scotland’ to the hipster apocalypse of coffee and artisan bakeries. Featuring Rab fae Torrisdale Street, mad Tracy who torched her flat that time, and assorted muppets, rockets and midge rakers keeping it real. 

Tall Tales of Govanhill
Date: Wednesday 10 August, 6.00-8.00pm
Location: Bees Knees Cafe

Join us for a magical evening, celebrating the stories that make up our community. Storytellers from some of the different cultures of Govanhill will share their myths, legends, and tall, tall tales with you. This event is suitable for ages 12 + (under 16s need to be accompanied by an adult).
Éireann and I Archive – An archive of black life for Black migrants in Ireland
Date: Friday 12 August, 6.00pm- 8.00pm
Location: Milk Cafe
Presentation by Beulah Ezeugo, co-founder and director.

Éireann and I is a community archive that chronicles stories centred around heritage, activism, and art. We are part of a growing movement of grassroots efforts from marginalised communities to collect and make accessible our own experiences outside of traditional archival institutions.

Local Histories
Date: Thursday 11 August, 6.00 – 8.00pm
Location: The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale St

We’re so excited to be joined by Peter Mortimer, Colin Mackie and Margaret Cochrane for an evening of storytelling and Scottish histories. Talks include: ‘ A Potted History Of Glasgow’ by Peter Mortimer, The Southern Necropolis (Mental Meander with the Happy Reaper) by Colin Mackie and Exploring Your Irish Family Roots by Margaret Cochrane.  
20 years of Stop the War in Glasgow: the history of the anti-war movement in the city from Iraq to Ukraine, Stop the War Coalition
Date: Monday 08 August, 6pm
Location: The Rum Shack

Join us as we look through the history of the anti-war movement in Glasgow two decades on from the start of the ‘War on Terror’ which saw the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq and growing Islamophobia. If you were part of this history at any point, or are worried about the rising war-mongering and militarisation in the world today, join us to discuss how it all began in 2001 and how Stop the War grew into the largest anti-war movement in the UK. We will also discuss how we can rebuild the anti-war forces today as the struggle against war and imperialism continues with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Nato expansion and growing tensions between the US and China. The event will include a photographic exhibition of the anti-war movement’s activities in Glasgow and the Southside over the last 20 years.

Is the UK innocent – and do Black Lives Matter in Scotland? A documentary screening and Q&A with the director, Stand Up to Racism
Date: Thursday 04 August, 6pm
Location: The Rum Shack

Scottish premiere of the award-winning documentary ‘Is the UK Innocent?’. The documentary looks at Britain’s role in the slave trade, colonialism and empire, and how the #BlackLivesMatter movement sparked by George Floyd’s murder has transformed awareness around these issues including in Scotland. The documentary will be introduced by director Jose Maria Martinelli and it will be followed by a discussion of anti-racism in Scotland and how we can support the campaign for justice for Sheku Bayoh, whose family have called ‘Scotland’s George Floyd.

From offshore detention to the Nationality & Borders Act: resisting the hostile environment & fighting for refugee rights, Stand Up to Racism
Date: Tuesday 09 August, 6pm
Location: The Rum Shack
The Nationality and Borders Act will remove the ability to claim asylum for all but those arriving via “legal” routes – less than 1 percent of the world’s refugees. Clause 9 of the bill could mean around 6 million could be stripped of their British citizenship without warning. Kenmure St or Nicholson Sq have shown the defiant mood that something must be done – and that the Home Office can be defeated. From unions to communities – join us to discuss how we can build effective opposition to the government’s racist offensive.

Dying to Divorce, Screening + Discussion
Date: Friday 12th August, 6.00pm
Location: The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale Street

Register for your free spot here.

Filmed over five years,  Award-Winning Dying To Divorce’ takes viewers into the heart of Turkey’s gender-based violence crisis and the recent political events that have severely eroded democratic freedoms. Through intimately shot personal stories, the film gives a unique perspective on the struggle to be an independent woman in modern Turkey. Nominated for British Independent Film Award Best Documentary, Longlisted for Bafta Best Debut Feature, UK Entry to Oscars 2021 Best International Feature. The screening will be followed by a panel and audience discussion.

Content Warning: This film contains descriptions of domestic violence.

“The Occupation of Childhood” – Sabrine Muraker – Zeidan Talk
Date: Monday 08 August, 7.00pm – 8.15pm
Location: The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale Street

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“Every year, hundreds of Palestinian children are detained by Israeli authorities. They are the only children in the world who are systematically prosecuted through military, rather than civilian, courts. The most common charge is throwing stones – for which the maximum sentence is 20 years in prison.” (Save the Children – Palestine)

Our photographic portrayals of childhood often involve notions of “sweetness” and “innocence”. But can these qualities persist in a childhood under Occupation?

Sabrine Mukarkar- Zeidan spends her life photographing children. The families that visit her studio usually like to preserve memories of their children untainted by the daily harassments of an occupying power. In this exhibition, however, she portrays the lives of Palestinian children beyond the confines of the studio, and poses the question: can innocence survive in a country where children are systematically oppressed by a brutal occupying power?

Yes Southside, “Welcoming Refugees / Creating an Inclusive Scotland,” Public Meeting
Date: Wednesday 03 August, 7.00pm
Location: The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale Street

Govanhill’s local YES group (YES Southside) host a panel discussion with a Q & A on how Scotland can be a more welcoming place for refugees/asylum seekers, helping to create a vibrant, diverse & inclusive country. Inspired by last year’s Kenmure Street direct action and as a reaction to the hostile climate created by the UK Government.

Maryhill Integration Network – “Hospitality vs Hostility- Nationality and Borders Act”
Date: Tuesday 02 August, 6.30pm
Location: The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale Street

Register for your free spot here.

Join members from MIN Voices group of Maryhill Integration Network to hear about their current campaigns. You will hear from speakers about Right to Work, Right to Vote, Nationality and Borders Act and Access to Education. Come along to find out more and learn what you can do.