Charlotte on Radio 4’s Loose Ends

Don’t forget to tune into Charlotte speaking about her new book Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement on BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends Saturday 23 January, 6pm.

The programme blurb says

‘Clive Anderson and Scottee are joined by Rafe Spall, Janet McTeer, Tom Allen and Charlotte Cooper for an eclectic mix of conversation, music and comedy. With music from Tindersticks and Vieux Farka Touré.’

What a combo!


In other news the Hardback version of Fat Activism is now available to order. It is a lot more expensive because it is aimed at the academic/ library market.

Are you a student or academic at a university? Why not order a copy for your library.

Here’s the magic ISBN number you will need 978-1-910849-01-9.

Weirdo Zine Fest

Charlotte and HammerOn will be at Weirdo Zine fest selling copies of Fat Activism and other HammerOn titles.

This exciting event is happening Sunday 31 Jan at DIY Space for London, 96-108 Ormside Road, London, SE15 1TF, 1-5.30pm.

If you can’t wait til then, you can of course buy a copy now through the HammerOn website in paperback and EPUB.


The Para-Academic Handbook is on sale through the HammerOn website for £10 + free shipping until the end of January.

If you’ve been meaning to get a copy, now’s your chance!

Fat Activism – Media Round Up

What a week it has been for Fat Activism!

The launch event on Friday at Gay’s the Word was simply lovely, and we sold out of all the copies we brought. Woop!

People are loving the book, as these reviews make clear.

Lynne Murray has the distinction of publishing the first online review of Fat Activism.

Murray praised Charlotte’s comprehensive research: ‘Fat Activism is an essential reference for those who want to know where the movement started and to get some ideas on where it can go from here. The breadth of Cooper’s research is amazing. Fat Activism is worth owning simply as a resource and a history of the movement. She seems to have studied and in most cases assessed almost every fat-related group, book or article created over the past 46 years. The 59-page bibliography alone is a Who’s Who and a What Happened When of fat activism.’

Ravishly cited Fat Activism in their 7 of the Best Body Positive Books to Take Into 2016 list.

Fat Positivity Belgium wrote ‘reading Cooper’s treat of a book lifts up the cause of Fat Activism from the margins to a central dialectic on the subject of body politics. Firmly at the intersections of Disability and Queer Activist discourses, Fat Activism seeks accessibility and the smashing of binaries. Cooper’s book will become a go-to source of inspiration over the years. It is required reading for anyone involved in the cause, as well as a companion to keep you going when times are tough and all seems bleak. Sophisticated and complex, she doesn’t shy away from tackling irksome problematics, rather discussing them in a way that is well-argued and thoroughly convincing, leaving no stone unturned. Her footnotes (which are prodigious) are as enlightening as the main body of her text.’

If you want to read some of the book, Open Democracy have published a excerpt on their website.

More reviews are planned for this week. Want to write one? Get in touch and we can send you a copy. We will need to know which publication the review will appear in and when. Reviews for academic journals welcome.

On Sunday Charlotte is speaking at Queer Caff in London, 6-10.30pm at the Field, New Cross.

Charlotte and HammerOn will also be at Weirdo Zine fest selling copies of Fat Activism and other HammerOn titles.

This exciting event is happening Sunday 31 Jan at DIY Space for London, 96-108 Ormside Road, London, SE15 1TF, 1-5.30pm.

If you can’t wait til then, you can of course buy a copy now through the HammerOn website in paperback and EPUB.


Fat Activism Published Today!


The day has finally come, Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement by Charlotte Cooper is officially released!

You can buy it from this website in paperback, EPUB and hardback.

You can also order Fat Activism at your local book store or buy it from all the usual online places.

Please feel free to tweet using the #fatactivism hashtag, or support the book in any of the following ways.

To celebrate publication we have made another film, A Walk Around Fat Activist London, which you can watch below.


Thanks again to Emma for making it.

The grand launch event is this Friday 8 January at Gay’s the Word, 6.30-9pm.

Pick up your copy then.

For review copies please contact us.

Make #fatactivism your new year resolution

Happy 2016 from HammerOn!

We are excited for the official launch of Charlotte Cooper’s Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement on Monday.

If you want to tweet about the book please use the #fatactivism hashtag.

Fat Activists the Chubsters dance in a group
The Chubsters – Image by Christa Holka

You can still pre-order the book here and we will promptly pop a copy in the post for you.

Books will also be on sale at the official launch event next Friday 8 January 2016 at Gay’s the Word, 66 Marchmont St, London WC1N 1AB, 6.30-9pm.

On Monday we will reveal another amazing film, made by Emma Thatcher and starring Charlotte, exploring the history of Fat Activism in London.

Participants at the Fattylympics do an activity
Fattylympics – Image by Simon Murphy

Until you get your copy of Charlotte’s book, enjoy these words from the introduction.

‘Fat people are a fact of life, part of the fabric of humanity. There is evidence that we have existed for many thousands of years. We are here. There are many who would prefer fat people not to exist, but we are here regardless of whether or not we are allowed or supposed to be here. Fat people are as valuable as anyone else and our existence reveals important things about how societies operate.

A Queer and Trans Fat Activist Timeline
A Queer and Trans Fat Activist Timeline – Image by Charlotte Cooper

As a psychotherapist, I am interested in the ways in which people might grow towards hopes and dreams, express agency, by which I mean the capacity to choose and act independently, even within restrictive social contexts; to really live.

I see activism as a strategy for developing what Judith Butler calls “liveable lives” in contexts that are extremely trying, as well as creating social change.

How can and do fat people try to make liveable lives for ourselves and others? That’s basically what this book is about.’