Books & resources



Sheila McKenchie Foundation – Social Change Project Blog

Some interesting reports on the role of arts, creativity and popular culture in effective campaigning and social change.




Creating Change ‘Resist’ playlist on spotify.

Our own playlist of classic protest songs to sing and dance to, because we love a Party with a happy atmosphere.



never_lgfmtAnd here’s a playlist from the Barbican to accompany their fantastic The Art of Social Change season, 2018.



Graeae Protest Song Hub.

A socGraeaes-Reasons-to-be-Cheerful-2017-15.-Photo-Patrick-Baldwin-1-980x537ial change platform for original Protest Songs created by people across the UK in association with the Reasons to be Cheerful 2017 UK Tour. Graeae, the theatre company behind the initiative, say, “Song continues to be a way we channel anger, maintain solidarity and demand change.”

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How to Resist: Turn Protest to Power. Matthew Bolton.
As the introduction states, this book ‘offers a tried-and-tested method and a set of practical tools and principles to show how people can get together and make change happen’.

Read more on Amazon: then order it through your local bookstore!



The Way of the Activist. Jamie Driscoll and Rachel Broadbent
“Politics is changing. We have to know: how their economies work, what strengths we have, the need for a principled leadership – and the determination to organise and win. This book will be a useful addition to our armoury, along with class consciousness and a good alarm clock!” Ken Loach

Buy a copy

511poM5PzkLBeautiful Trouble: a toolbox for revolution. Andrew Boyd.
Ten grassroots groups and dozens of seasoned artists and activists from around the world distill their best practices into a toolbox for creative action. Among the groups included are Agit-Pop/The Other 98%, The Yes Men/Yes Labs, The Center for Artistic Activism, Escola de Ativismo, and The New Organizing Institute.

Website and book

Have you read a book or found a website that offers inspiration, insight and/or practical tools for creative activists?  Please tell us about it using the form on our contacts page.