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New Member: Pages Cheshire Street

Pages Cheshire Street is a sister shop to Clapton’s award-winning bookshop, Pages of Hackney. We stock an eclectic selection of books by women, trans and gender diverse writers in subjects including literary fiction, politics, feminism, essays, life writing, science & technology, philosophy, psychology, landscape & environment, art, photography, music and children’s books.

Our priority is to be a friendly, welcoming bookshop that showcases women, trans and gender diverse authors across many genres. We are customer focused and encourage readers of all genders to explore, discover and buy these books. We also run an exciting programme of literary events that prioritises diverse programming aimed at engaging readers, writers and publishers still under-represented in traditional line-ups, such as women and those from BAME backgrounds.    

https://pagescheshirestreet.co.uk

Dorset Radical Bookfair

Back for its third year – anarchy in the sticks!
Full details here:
https://dorsetbookfair.wordpress.com

New member: Connolly’s Wee Bookshop in Carlisle

A new member to the Alliance is Connolly’s Wee Bookshop, run by Christopher Connolly. Christopher used to jointly run The Besotted Wretch in Sheffield but the rent was too much to survive so he has started again inside Carlisle’s historic Market Hall.

A small second hand shop, the specialist subjects are football, politics, history & philosophy. Absolutely no chance of finding any right wing polemics, war stories or books about hunting!

Connolly’s Wee Bookshop, Unit 1, Market Hall, Scotch Street, Carlisle, CA3 8QX
Open Tue, Wed, Fri & Sat. 20% discount for customers in receipt of Universal Credit.

Help repair the Cowley Club

ARB member The Cowley Club in Brighton is a much-loved, long-established and well-used co-operatively run bookshop, cafe, social center and music venue.

Their building is over a hundred years old, and is facing some costly and urgent repairs. They need to raise enough money to hire contractors, put up scaffolding and pay for materials.

They are aiming to raise £11,700 to repair the crumbling plaster on the front on the building, the leaking roof, and the cracked chimneys.

Once the plaster is repaired, we will create a permanent memorial to Anna Campbell (Hêlîn Qereçox) in the form of a mural visible from the busy London Road.

Before travelling to Kurdistan, Anna was a valued volunteer and organiser at the Cowley Club. She was tragically killed while fighting with the Kurdish Women’s Protection Unit in 2018.

How can you help?

Every donation helps, no matter how large or small, and all money raised through this crowdfund will be used exclusively for the urgent repairs mentioned above.

They have some great perks to thank you for your generosity. You can also visit their website and learn how to set up a regular donation or invest ethically in the Club; this will form part of our regular income and reserves:

Please visit their crowdfunding page to find out more!

https://www.chuffed.org/project/lets-repair-the-cowley-club

New ARB Member: Quaker Centre Bookshop

The Quaker Centre Bookshop is based in Friends House, Euston Road. Our stock is informed by Quaker faith and work, with books on peace, social justice, anti-racism, politics, LGBT rights,  activism, ecology, feminism and religion and spirituality, as well as a large selection of progressive and spiritual children’s books. We also sell books published by Quakers in Britain. Our adjoining café has excellent cake.

www.quaker.org.uk/bookshop

Five Leaves Bookshop wins the Independent Bookshop of the Year Award 2018

Ross Bradshaw who founded Five Leaves writes:
“Five Leaves Bookshop in Nottingham became the first radical bookshop to have won the Independent Bookshop of the Year Award at the British Book Awards, the booktrade equivalent of the Oscars.

The bookshop was presented with a cheque for £5000 and a trophy by author Benjamin Zephaniah at a “black tie” event at Grosvenor House in London in front of around a thousand people from the book trade nationally.

Ross Bradshaw, from Five Leaves Bookshop, said “It was not the most likely setting to find a radical bookshop, but we coped pretty well! By coincidence, Nottingham writer Jon McGregor won the very next award for Book of the Year, Fiction with his Reservoir 13. Jon was our first ever customer in 2013. We launched Reservoir 13 when it came out so we were able to celebrate together.”

The judges of the Independent Book Awards identified Five Leaves’ key strengths as including a sharp increase in sales in 2017, putting on around 90 events over the last year attended by over 6,000 people, having a politically-conscious outlook with initiatives including Nottingham’s first ever radical bookfair (which included a stand from the Morning Star) and an extensive in-house publishing programme.

Beyond all of that “Five Leaves creates a distinct identity out of its emphasis on political and social issues, a passion for diversity and a reputation for poetry” carrying a stock that is “finely tuned to its market”.

Five Leaves began life as a publisher in 1995, opening the bookshop in 2013, giving special interest to literature and to books advocating social change. This June the bookshop launches the national Feminist Book Fortnight, with the support of thirty other independents across the country.

Five Leaves is proud to pay a minimum of the Living Wage to all members of staff, which team includes people who used to work at Waterstones, Blackwells and Leicester University Bookshop, while owner Ross Bradshaw worked for many years at a previous radical bookshop in Nottingham, Mushroom Bookshop.

Ross Bradshaw added “Despite the setting, it felt like winds of change are blowing through the book trade. The winner of the non-fiction (narrative) book section was Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge, while the joint winner of the children’s book of the year was The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, whose main character is a black girl from a poor neighbourhood in the USA.”

Among the other winners, the publisher of the year HarperCollins was credited for “making great strides … on diversity” by increasing the number of Black and minority ethnic (BME) authors it publishes and for being the only publisher to feature in the Business in the Community’s Best Employers for Race list. Faber, winner of the Independent Publisher of the Year award, was also praised for its commitment to Black and minority ethnic internships and work with Creative Access, an organisation which aims to increase the number of BME workers in creative industries.

Before announcing Five Leaves’ award, Benjamin Zephaniah remarked that it was a small community bookshop – now long gone – Page One which published his work for the first time and it was at that moment that the Five Leaves team thought this year their radical and community-based stand would win through.”

New ARB member! Aye-Aye Books in Glasgow

Aye-Aye Books is an independent bookshop based within the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), Glasgow.

We are an art bookshop with radical intent. We carry a range of books about art and by artists, particularly small-run and self-published titles, alongside books that look at the theoretical, social and political context. We have many books about radical thought and movements, left-wing and anarchist politics. We have magazines and journals, zines and pamphlets, experimental fiction and poetry, locally produced CDs, vinyl and cassettes, multicultural children’s books.

We don’t sell ‘gifts’, clothing or cards, and we steer well clear of coffee table art books.

CCA was originally the Third Eye Centre, set up by Tom McGrath (former editor of the International Times) in 1974 as a centre for the counter-culture in Glasgow. It is in this spirit that we operate.

Help October Books to Buy a Bank!

October Books, Southampton’s only independent bookshop, is buying a bank! We’re borrowing funds directly from the community to buy the Natwest building on Portswood Road in Southampton. The aim is to create not only a new home for the bookshop, but also a venue for community events, workshops and meetings.

We’re looking to raise £360K from loanstock and donations and we’re now over half way there. We have a crowdfunder for donations, however, most of the funds are being raised through the issuing of loanstock. Loanstock is a kind of community share in which interested people can purchase stock which is then later paid back with interest when the stock matures.

The rest of the funds for purchase and renovation are being raised through a co-operative community loan, and (when the building is bought) sale of the upper floor to the Society of St James. The Society of St James is a Hampshire-based charity who provide supported housing for homeless people.

More details available on the website.

About us
October Books is a co-operative radical not-for-profit bookshop. It’s run directly by the workers, with the help of customers members of the co-operative, with profits going back into the shop. It turned 40 last year, having been in the Portswood area of Southampton for the last 15 years. The shop sells a wide range of new books and magazines with a special focus on political, social and environmental issues. It also sells organic and Fairtrade products.

Previous Coverage

http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/15921858.A_Southampton_bookshop_could_be_set_to_buy_a_bank/

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jun/19/revolution-radical-bookshops-october-books-southampton

October Books
243 Portswood Road
Southampton
SO17 2NG

Open: Mon-Sat, 9am-6pm
Web: www.octoberbooks.org
Tel: 023 8058 1030
Fax: 023 8058 1040

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).
Website | Twitter


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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.
Website | Facebook


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.
Website


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.

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