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May Day lecture in the first Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street, Belfast, at 7pm. The event is taking place on the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Jarama and will include May Day greetings from Jimmy Kelly, the regional officer for Unite, plus a presentation on the history and memory of the International Brigades. For further information, contact 07751 951785.

‘A Tale of Two Hostels’: exhibition and presentation evening, including rare film footage, about two Cambridge buildings used to house refugees in the 1930s: the Basque refugee hostel in Station Road and the Jewish refugee hostel in Parkside. 6.30pm for 7pm at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge CB3 9DP. Organised by the Parkside Federation and the Red Balloon Learner Centre.

Screening at 7.30pm of Juan Antonio Bardem’s ‘Siete Días de Enero’ (‘Seven Days in January’; 1979, with English subtitles) at HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester M15 4FN. The film is a reconstruction of the 1977 Massacre of Atocha, when the neo-fascist La Triple A (Anti-Communist Apostolic Alliance) murdered five left-wing lawyers in an attempt to destabilise Spain’s return to democracy and provoke a coup d’état. Part of the 2017 ¡Viva!

Film: Stephen Bowles’s acclaimed documentary ‘The Guernica Children’ 7pm at the Marx Memorial Library, 37a Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DU, to mark 80 years since the Guernica’s aerial bombardment by Nazi war planes. Introduced by Herminio Martínez, one of the nearly 4,000 Basque refugee children who came to Britain in 1937. www.marx-memorial-library.org

A blue plaque is to be unveiled at 12pm at Lancing Library (Penstone Park, Lancing BN15 9DL), where in 1937 Penstone House welcomed a group of refugee Basque children from northern Spain. The library will be hosting an exhibition and there will be musical entertainment and food. Speakers include Jim Jump and Manuel Moreno of the IBMT. Event organised by Lancing Parish Council.

Lecutre 'The Last Days of the Spanish Republic' by Paul Preston, at University of Oxford, Oxford Martin School Lecture Theatre, 34 Broad Street, Oxford, starting at 2pm. As part of the Oxford Literary Festival...

The Oxford International Brigade Memorial Committee is inviting IBMT members to the unveiling of a memorial to the volunteers from Oxfordshire at 12pm on Saturday 10 June at St Clement’s, Oxford, at the junction of Headington Hill and Morrell Avenue.

 

Annual George Brown Memorial Event organised by the George Brown Memorial Committee. Talks this year will cover topics including the rise of the right and of economic and social disadvantage in Ireland and the experience of the Waterford International Brigade volunteers on their return home. There will also be a music session commemorating the involvement of Irish people down the years in conflicts abroad.

Public meeting 'Fighting Franco: British Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War 1936-39' at Friends' Meeting House, 43 St. Giles, Oxford OX1 3LW, with doors opening at 7:30pm. Speakers include Professor Paul Preston, author of The Last Days of the Spanish Republic; Richard Baxell, Chair of the IBMT and author of Unlikely Warriors; Professor Valentine Cunningham, editor of The Penguin Book of Spanish Civil War Verse; and Carmen Negrin, granddaughter of Juan Negrin, the last prime minister of the Spanish Republic. Tickets are £5 on the door or £4 pre-booked.

IBMT-commissioned play ‘Dare Devil Rides to Jarama’ by Neil Gore at the newly refurbished Tara Arts Theatre, Wimbledon 356 Garratt Ln, London SW18 4ES (box office: 020 8333 4457).

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