New Cross Massacre – Book

New Cross Massacre
New Cross Massacre


Invite you to the launch of


prologue by Linton Kwesi Johnson and epilogue by Gus John on Thursday 17 November at 6.30pm

George Padmore Institute,
76 Stroud Green Road, London N4 3EN

The New Cross Massacre Fire took place on18 January 1981 at 439 New Cross Road claiming the lives of 13 young black people who were enjoying a 16th birthday party. One other party goer died a year later and 26 of the revellers suffered serious injuries.

To mark the 30th anniversary of the event, New Beacon Books and the George Padmore Institute have reprinted The New Cross Massacre Story: interviews with John La Rose. The original booklet, named by Linton Kwesi Johnson as ‘the only authoritative account of an important juncture in recent British history…’ was published in 1984 by the Alliance of the Black Parents Movement, Black Youth Movement and Race Today Collective. The reprint contains a prologue by Linton Kwesi Johnson and an epilogue by Gus John that explore the significance of the period, the event and subsequent developments. Some additional appendices are included.

The New Cross Massacre Story is available from New Beacon Books price £5.99; [£7.00 including p&p]

Individual and trade orders to:

New Beacon Books

76 Stroud Green Road, London N4 3EN
020 7272 8915/4889

email: info @; newbeaconbooks @

The New Cross Massacre Story is produced as part of the Dream To Change The World Project. This five year HLF funded project began at the George Padmore Institute in June 2010. Its purpose is to make available to the public the personal archives of John La Rose, the GPI’s founding chairman. Documents and papers from the New Cross Massacre Action Committee’s campaign for justice for the victims of the fire are already stored in the archives of the George Padmore Institute and can be accessed by the public

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