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A Slice of Claret News - May Edition

Our zoom event on May 30 is fast approaching! Join us for

George Orwell's 1984. The Dangers of Data and the Surveillance State, episode 5 of our 6-part series, hosted by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster Libraries.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of data collection, both by companies and by the state? How can we ensure our right to privacy and protect our democracy in a time of unregulated data manipulation?

We will be joined by special guest Nesse van der Meer who is a PhD candidate at TU Delft in the Netherlands, focussing on the effects of technology on learning.

You'll be able to ask him questions at the end in a lengthy Q&A.

Episode 5: 1984. The Dangers of Data and the Surveillance State

Mon, 30 May 2022 18:30 – 19:30 BST

Register for free at Eventbrite.


Jill Culiner's talk on her book, A Contrary Journey, was a grand success. Jill put 10 years of research into the Jewish Renaissance in her attempt to trace the life of a forgotten but pivotal poet in the 19th century Russian Pale, Velvel Zbarzher. An accomplished speaker, Jill wears her learning lightly and the conversation was engaging and enlightening. It was held by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Libraries. And they have asked her to come back in the autumn for another talk.

For those who missed it, click on the box below:


Through Clapham Publishing Services, Katie edits other people's manuscripts to subsidise Claret Press. One piece was Ann Whitehead's long essay, Vote for Honesty and Get Democracy Done.

Katie was so encouraged by Ann's 4 simple steps to change our country for the better that she and Ann had long conversations about how best to publish this book for maximum exposure. Long story short, please welcome Ann to Claret Press.

Ann is busily rewriting her short book and we hope that we can get it out in the autumn and create positive change for us all.


And the final note, today is Yaz's last day at Claret Press. We will miss her greatly and wish her the best of luck with her future endeavors. Secco is already howling.



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