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Anarchist Bookfairs in 2018

April 7th: Liverpool Anarchist Bookfair

11am-6pm at The Black-E, 1 Great George Street

Bookings for stalls are now available at £15 per table, along with spaces for workshops and campaign presentations.
Contact liverpool.anarchistbookfair at gmail.com
Event page

May 6th: Norwich Anarchist Bookfair

2pm-11pm at Bedfords Crypt, 1 Old Post Office Yard, Bedford Street, NR2 1SL

Despite a change of venue announcement, the bookfair is well in hand with stalls confirmed from the Anarchist Federation, Solidarity Federation, hunt sabs, PM Press, Eleusinian Press, the Cunningham Amendment and many more, plus headline talks on the Norwich Soup Movement, Freedom Fibres and Faslane Peace Camp. Hosted by No Comply Promotions.
Event page

May 12th: Bristol Anarchist Bookfair

Details tbc

Organisers are promising their Biggest Ever Venue in the east of the city and have already set the pace for entertaining promo posters (see above).
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June 2nd: London Radical Bookfair

Goldsmiths University, New Cross

Organised by the Alliance for Radical Booksellers and featuring the annual Bread and Roses award for radical literature, this is the London Radical Bookfair’s third outing. More info to follow.
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July 21st: Edinburgh Anarchist Feminist Bookfair

At Augustine’s Chuch

Exact details tba, email eafb@riseup.net to find out more.

August 4th: Dorset Radical Bookfair

11am-6pm at Beufort Community Centre, Beaufort Rd

Including such wonders as vooks, stalls, food, meetings, a kids’ area, zines, films, talks and a safe space policy. “We welcome rational debate, we don’t welcome attention-seekers, bigots, fascists, grasses and scabs.”
Plus an afterparty at the Riviera Bar with live music and reggae DJ ’til 2am, £5 suggested donation.

October 13th: Rhyddical Swansea Bookfair

Central Swansea, details tbc

Only recently announced and not many details yet
Event page.

November 17th: Nottingham Radical Bookfair

11am-4.30pm at Nottingham Mechanics Institute, 3 North Sherwood St

Nottingham’s second radical bookfair, organised by Five Leaves Bookshop, featuring stalls by national and local publishers, second-hand booksellers and a full supporting programme throughout the day.

December? Manchester & Salford Anarchist Bookfair

Last update was that they were hoping to announce a date “early in 2018.” For enquiries, email manchester@bookfair.org.uk.
Facebook page.

Will they/won’t they

Some of the bookfairs which have taken place in recent years are yet to declare on whether they are doing one in 2018, but if you want to keep a general eye out, details are below:

Bradford: The 1in12 Club doesn’t always do bookfairs, but when it does they’re interesting. Last time was September 2014

Belfast: Usually held around mid-October but nothing announced yet, updates here.

Cambridge: Last year this was held at the end of April by Anti-Capitalist Cambridge, no word yet of a repeat.

Cardiff: The local anarchist network is concentrating on anti-arms activism over the next month and aren’t repeating last year’s February event, but we’ll keep an eye out in case something materialises later in 2018/

London: The biggest event of the anarchist calendar in Britain is not being put together by the longstanding bookfair collective this October, but there have been talks about running a smaller one with a new collective. Watch this space.

Sheffield: Last year saw the Showroom and Workstation host in late May, the collective website is here.

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New alliance member: Printed Matter in Hastings

New ARB member Printed Matter in Hastings. If you are in the area be sure to drop in….Great shop.

Printed Matter is an Independent Bookshop in Hastings, East Sussex selling new books ranging from sociology, philosophy, psychology, political science, criminology, social history, economics, art & culture, music, nature and fiction. Higher education, undergraduate and post-graduate books. Book ordering service available. 10% Book discount for students in-store with ID. Mail order available from website www.printedmatterhastings.co.uk


Derry Radical Bookfair // 27th January 2018

On Saturday 27th January 2018 Derry will host its, now annual, second Radical Bookfair at Pilots Row Community Centre in the city’s Bogside area.

We are pleased to announce that following on from last years successful first ever Radical Bookfair in Derry that we will begin plans to hold our second annual Radical Bookfair in 2018.

Following on from this years event held during the Bloody Sunday week of events we have had continuous support and encouragement to make the Radical Bookfair an annual event as part of the political calendar of Derry.  Our first Radical Bookfair played  host to many participants from all over Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales played  part of the Bloody Sunday week of events leading up to the annual Bloody Sunday March, which itself hosted a series discussions and debates, film and theatre that centred around a wide range of local, national and international contemporary social justice issues.

As ever we would like to extend our hand to participants again to the Radical Bookfair with different visions, ideas, practices and radical traditions.  Again we hope that our second annual book fair will be used as an opening in support of small press publishers and independent book sellers and producers, circulating radical reading materials and information from independent distributers, non-party political campaigns and groups to share their publications and merchandise, which normally would be hard or impossible to find at mainstream book shops. Books of local, national and international interests including social and labour history as well as themes covering radical feminism, queer liberation, anarchism, marxism, republicanism and environmentalism.

It is worth noting that Derry has a long and proud tradition of working class radicalism which has influenced many historical events, standing out beyond most other cities that has both challenged and changed society around us for the better.

At present we are allocating stall space and as seen last year at our first ever radical bookfair, space is limited.

If your book store, distribution or publishing collective would like to book a place at the radical bookfair then now is the time to confirm.

At the moment things are staring to take shape and its looking to be an amazing day of stalls, books, records, zines from independent booksellers, political and historical groups, local radical projects, small press and more.

Check out our website for stallholder info and how you can book you place. https://derryradicalbookfair.wordpress.com/

Derry Radical Bookfair

Online: derryradicalbookfair.wordpress.com

Email: radicalbookfair.gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/derryradicalbookfair/


The Big Freedom Rebuild

Freedom needs your help! Or at least the Freedom Building in Whitechapel does.

One of East London’s last radical bastions, since we moved into 84b in 1968 the Freedom building has weathered firebombs, arrests, police infiltration, stalkers, threats of all kinds and more movement shenanigans than you can shake a very large stick at. And now we’re facing a major rebuilding project, costing up to £50,000, including vital works to fix the roof, walls and even stairs.

A survey carried out last year highlighted that emergency repairs are needed to the roof and walls that will total around £13,000. Our aim is to raise this amount by August 2017 so that the building works can take place in the Summer. As of February 2017 we have raised £5,000 to get us started.

But the fun doesn’t stop there – over the coming three years we will need a lot more money to treat dampness in the walls, insulate the building, install a boiler and look into making the whole place more accessible. In the long term costs could be between £40-50,000 to bring the building back to its best, including things like fixing up the lovely (but old-style) sash windows.
The building is an important resource providing space for; an anarchist bookshop that is open 7 days of the week; Freedom news and publishing group that has been producing anarchist propaganda since 1886; office space for Haven Distribution, Soldiarity Federation, Anarchist Federation, Corporate Watch, IWW UK, the National Bargee Travellers Association – London branch and the Advisory Service for Squatters ; Decentre , a social room for meetings, events and organising; and for supporting groups such as London ABC , Legal Defence and Monitoring and the Green and Black Cross who regularly use the building.

Help us bring 84 back to its best so we can continue to work as a vital hub for the anarchist movement!

All of the rewards on offer are for collection from Freedom Bookshop in Whitechapel. If you would like to organise for postage of your item(s) please contact shop(at)freedompress.org.uk

Rewards up for grabs include

Freedom Tote Bag

Save the Freedom Building t-shirt



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Welcome new ARB member Just Books of Belfast

Just Books has a history in Belfast that stretches back to the opening of the original Smithfield shop in June 1978 by the Belfast Anarchist Collective. While the shop closed its doors in June 1994 the Just Books Collective has continued to provide stalls at events such as grassroots gatherings, at Belfasts annual May Day celebrations and Belfast and Dublin Anarchist Bookfairs.

Like the original Just Books we are aiming towards something which is much more than just a bookshop. The original premises included a cafe and print workshop and provided a focal point for the collectives many activities until it closed sixteen years later in June 1994. Set up without any form of state subsidy or grant money was raised through running benefits, from interest free loans and donations from supporters. Just Books has always been run on a self managed basis with collective decision making at its core.

Since May 2016 we’ve been running a bricks-and-mortar shop, housed at the Belfast Solidarity Centre, 22 Berry Street, Belfast, BT1 1FJ.  Our website is www.belfastsolidarity.org (and there’s a facebook page linked from there too).  Our phone number is 028 954 30203, and our new webshop will be up-and-running soon.

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Radical Bookfairs 2017

Derry Radical Bookfair – 28th January – derryradicalbookfair.wordpress.com

Cardiff Anarchist Bookfair – 18th February 2017 – www.southwalesanarchists.wordpress.com

Liverpool’s First Anarchist Bookfair – 1st April 2017 – https://liverpoolanarchistbookfair.wordpress.com

Cambridge Radical Bookfair – 29th April 2017 – https://www.facebook.com/events/671426069692438/ 

Dublin Anarchist Bookfair – April – www.wsm.ie/bookfair

WOWFEST – Radical Literature Festival – Liverpool – 1st-31st May http://www.wowfest.uk 

Nottingham Bread & Roses Bookfair – 13th May 2017 – http://fiveleavesbookshop.co.uk/events/bread-and-roses-bookfair/ 

Sheffield Anarchist Bookfair –20th May 2017– www.sheffieldbookfair.org.uk

Dorset’s 1st Radical Bookfair – 3rd June 2017 – www.dorsetbookfair.wordpress.com

London Radical Bookfair –24th June 2017 – www.londonradicalbookfair.wordpress.com

Liverpool Writing on the Wall – no dates available – www.writingonthewall.org.uk

Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival – 14th – 16th July 2017 – www.tolpuddlemartyrs.org.uk

Swindon Anarchist Bookfair – 2017 dates tba, but was in September in 2016

Bristol Anarchist Bookfair – 16th September 2017 – www.bristolanarchistbookfair.org

Belfast Anarchist Bookfair – 2017 dates tba, but was in October in 2016 www.facebook.com/belfastanarchistbookfair

Sunderland Working Class Bookfair – 2017 dates tba

London Anarchist Bookfair – 28th October 2017  – www.anarchistbookfair.org.uk

Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair – 2017 dates tba, but in October in 2016

Birmingham – plans afoot for a new fair at the end of the year

Manchester and Salford – 2017 dates tba, but in December in 2016


Open letter to Simon & Schuster

Britain’s radical booksellers have been discussing Simon & Schuster publishing the work of Milo Yiannopoulos in the USA and the worldwide impact of the firm publishing someone known for views that have led 160 children’s writers in the USA, many published by the same firm, to say that his is “a voice of hate that stirs its followers to emotional, verbal and physical violence directed at anyone who disagrees or speaks to the contrary.” We are pleased that Simon & Schuster UK is not publishing the book.

We value Simon & Schuster’s publishing writers whose work has argued for a less violent society, in particular those children’s books which help their readers understand the situation of, for example, LGBT teenagers. Indeed, looking through our collective shelves, we find books in Simon & Schuster’s past and future programme taking a positive attitude towards women and towards minority groups, in this country and in the USA. Publishing Yiannopoulos risks damaging this work, tarnishes their reputation and raises the possibility of existing and future authors seeking alternative publishers.

Simon & Schuster is the publisher of the New York Times bestseller, Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint. We fear that the views of Yiannopoulos will lead to more such casualties.

Ross Bradshaw
On behalf of the ARB


Radical Bookfairs in 2016

Radical Bookfairs in 2016

Cardiff Anarchist Bookfair – 20th February 2016 – www.southwalesanarchists.wordpress.com
Dublin Anarchist Bookfair – 16th April 2016 – www.wsm.ie/bookfair
Sheffield Anarchist Bookfair – 23rd April 2016 – www.sheffieldbookfair.org.uk
Bristol Anarchist Bookfair – 30th April 2016 – www.bristolanarchistbookfair.org
London Radical Bookfair – 7th May – www.londonradicalbookfair.wordpress.com
Liverpool Writing on the Wall – Throughout May – www.writingonthewall.org.uk
Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival – Sunday 17th July 2016 – www.tolpuddlemartyrs.org.uk
Swindon Anarchsit Bookfair – 2016 dates tba, but in September in 2015
Belfast Anarchist Bookfair – 2016 dates tba, but was in October in 2015 www.facebook.com/belfastanarchistbookfair
Sunderland Working Class Bookfair – 2016 dates tba, but was in October in 2015
London Anarchist Bookfair – Late October – www.anarchistbookfair.org.uk
Nottingham – Bread & Roses – 2016 dates tba, but was in late October in 2015 – www.fiveleavesbookshop.co.uk/breadandroses
Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair – 2016 dates tba, but in November in 2015
Manchester and Salford (sadly didn’t happen in 2015 due to venue problems, but they’re trying for 2016)

Do let us know if there is anything missing from the list.

The 2015 London Anarchist Bookfair will be on Saturday 24th October from 10am to 7pm
at a new venue:
Central Saint Martin’s, Kings Cross, N1
All the details here: http://anarchistbookfair.org.uk

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Veggies joins the ARB

We’re very happy to welcome Veggies to the ARB family.

Veggies Catering Campaign provides food at almost any event
– from campaign rallies to community festivals, from family celebrations to green gatherings, offering tasty, wholesome snacks, as well as information exploring the links between diet, animal suffering and the environment.

Amongst their many catering gigs, they help feed hungry bookreaders at many a radical bookfair up and down the country.

Many consider Veggies to be one of the most ethical caterers on the circuit, with policies developed from 30 years experience in pure vegetarian catering. They are 3-times winners of the ‘Best Vegan Caterer’ Awards.

But as well as spreading the values of ethical eating, they also sell books wherever they are pitched up, as well as from their base at the Sumac Centre in Nottingham.

For more info please visit: http://www.veggies.org.uk