Marxist. Trade Unionist. Socialist-feminist. Author. Poet. Speaker. Tutor. RMT ex-Exec. Workers' Liberty. Autie. Bi. PUFC fan.

Defending public services

Battles against privatisation and cuts

TUC/Tolpuddle talk: Centenary of the Poplar Rates Rebellion

Submitted by Janine on 12 December 2020 at 15:44
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Janine Booth tells the story of a working-class borough’s fightback against austerity and thirty councillors who went to prison for refusing to levy rates that their citizens could not afford to pay. Celebrate the centenary of an inspiring struggle which holds lessons for today.

Plundering London Underground - speaking with the German left

Submitted by Janine on 7 July 2020 at 18:32
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An online discussion on experiences from the resistance against the partial privatisation of the London Tube with:

  • Janine Booth (author “Plundering London Underground: New Labour, Private Capital and Public Service”)
  • Phil Rowan (RMT Finsbury Park International officer)

The event takes place at 19:00 Berlin time, 18:00 UK time.

Covid 19, democratic ownership and the future of the economy

Submitted by Janine on 5 May 2020 at 11:25
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Janine will be speaking from a transport worker's perspective at this online event hosted by Another Europe Is Possible.


In 2008, the state bailed out the banks. In 2020, it is bailing out the whole of capitalism. State intervention and public borrowing are at their highest level in peacetime history.

The Big J vs The Big C: Manchester launch

Submitted by Janine on 10 October 2019 at 16:08
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Book Launch The Big J vs The Big C: Issues, Experiences and Poems in the Battle Against Breast Cancer by Janine Booth

Venue: Manchester Central Library, St. Peter's Square M2 5PD

6.30pm - 8pm (doors open 6pm)

Free entry & refreshments provided

Author reading and book signing

The Big J (and the NHS) vs The Big C

Submitted by Janine on 8 August 2019 at 11:11

Poet, author and activist Janine Booth was part of the ranting poetry movement in the 1980s, performing as ‘The Big J’. In late 2016, she discovered a strange indentation in her right breast and was subsequently diagnosed with breast cancer.

Her new book is a collection of candid and enthralling journal extracts, poetry, meticulous research and substantive politics, in which Janine details her journey from detection and diagnosis, through surgery, to ‘getting over it’.
Janine will be reading from the book at a series of events around the country, where she will be joined by comedian Kate Smurthwaite, local poets, and/or speakers from local campaigns in defence of the NHS.

Details of each event:

Thursday 12 September: Doncaster
Friday 20 September: Reading
Friday 4 October: Liverpool 
Thursday 10 October: Forest of Dean
Tuesday 15 October: Windsor
Thursday 17 October: Hackney, east London
Wednesday 23 October: Portsmouth
Thursday 14 November: Harrow
Thursday 21 November: Doncaster
Wednesday 18 December: Cardiff

More dates to follow!

Cardiff: The Big J vs The Big C

Submitted by Janine on 8 August 2019 at 10:32
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@Company of Words presents The other side of Christmas with guest poets Janine Booth and Alix Edwards with Open Mic

@ fabulous new cafe:
28 Tudor St, Cardiff CF11 6AH

Tired of lists, Christmas shopping, stuffing the freezer and bierkeller vomit?

Come and enjoy some great performance poetry from Janine Booth, stories from Alix Edwards - and share some of your own Christmas gems!!