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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.

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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

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The London Radical Bookfair 2015 is on! After taking over Bishopsgate Institute last year the LRB, along with our partners at Alternative Press, are taking over 3 floors of a beautifully renovated Victorian warehouse at 47/49 Tanner Street near Tower Bridge.

For full details please check the website: https://londonradicalbookfair.wordpress.com.
Speaking at the Takeover will be shortlisted authors from the ARB’s book prizes, the Bread & Roses Award for Radical Publishing and the The Little Rebels Children’s Book Award

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Black & Red Friday

In recent years some of the larger corporate UK businesses have started to emulate the US spending-spree that is Black Friday. Taking place on the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States (the fourth Thursday of November), the date marks the beginning of the commercialised Christmas shopping season, and has even on occasion lead to violence as shoppers fight over discounted goods.

Amazon has made particularly good mileage out of Black Friday, and the media are more than happy to give Amazon free publicity each year, running articles about Black Friday and Amazon’s role within it.

But the public is waking up to the bad business practices of Amazon, and a new boycott Amazon campaign this year has been gaining real momentum. UK campaigns to boycott Amazon are not new though – Ethical Consumer officially called for a boycott last year, and ARB member bookshop Housmans has been calling for a boycott and documenting the reasons not shop with them for several years: check out the reasons not shop with them by clicking here: housmans.com/boycottamazon.php

This year the Alliance of Radical Booksellers is asking you to help spread the world about the alternatives to Amazon and support the alternative by way of your local radical bookshops. Please help by:

  • Sharing the Black & Red Friday Image
  • Sharing this post
  • Subvert the #BlackFriday hashtag with anti-Amazon and pro-ARB messages
  • Show support by using the #BlackAndRedFriday hashtag
  • Please buy your books from your local ARB bookshop

Let’s put the red into Black Friday!

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New member: Dreadnought Books of Bristol

The ARB is delighted to welcome into the family Dreadnought Books, an independent second-hand bookshop based in Bristol. Specialising in history, with a particular focus on radical, social and labour history and also carrying a broad general stock catering to most interests.For more info please visit: http://dreadnoughtbooks.co.uk, and blogging here http://dreadnoughtbooks.blogspot.co.uk

DREADNOUGHT BOOKS
125 St. George’s Road
Hotwells
Bristol
BS1 5UW

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New ARB member: Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC)

The ARB is delighted to welcome Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) to the alliance.

RISC is a Development Education Centre based in Reading and the aim of the bookshop is to support and promote the key principles of global citizenship, including social justice and human rights.

The book shop contains a unique collection of over 6,500 titles, all with a global focus. From politics around the world, to human rights, sustainability, and development issues covering a wide range of issues from many countries across the world.

We also stock contemporary and classic fiction from the Majority World’s best authors and a great range of children’s books,  exploring race, gender, human rights, from countries around the  world, written by authors from Africa, Asia,  South and Central America and the Caribbean.

For more information please visit the website here: http://www.risc.org.uk

and for the bookshop element here:   http://www.risc.org.uk/worldshop/books

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London Radical Bookfair & Alternative Press Takeover 2014

The highlight of the ARB calender is coming around again!  This year we are joining forces with the Alternative Press Fair and taking over all 3 floors of the Bishopsgate Institute (opposite Liverpool Street station) to bring you something like 130 exhibitors, 20 guest speakers, workshops, art exhibitions and also the award ceremonies for the two ARB bookprizes, the Bread & Roses Award for Radical Publishing and the Little Rebels Childrens Book Award. And as if that wasn’t enough Bishopsgate Institute are also hosting a series of political talks in the run up to the bookfair. Saturday May 1oth is the all important date. Please visit it the London Radical Bookfair website for all the necessary details: http://londonradicalbookfair.wordpress.com/

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New ARB member: Peterloo Bookshop

We’re very happy to announce a new ARB member, the Peterloo Bookshop based in Sheffield, but trading primarily online. Peterloo Bookshop is a not-for-profit project set up by Chris Connolly to make important second-hand political books available as cheaply as possible.

Not only are the books cheap but Peterloo offer a 50% rebate to anyone who sends the book back after reading it so it can be sold again. If you are in Sheffield and can collect the book rather than have it sent the prices are half price.

A complete list of books and prices is available on www.peterloo.net.  Do also get in touch with them if you have any books you would like to donate.

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Little Rebels Shortlist to be announced at special event at Housmans

The Little Rebels Children’s Book Award is a prize given by the ARB to highlight exceptional radical fiction for children aged 0-12. The shortlist will be announced at the following event at Housmans Bookshop in King’s Cross by guests from Letterbox Library, who administer the prize on behalf of the ARB.

BOOK TALK AND ANNOUNCEMENT OF LITTLE REBELS SHORTLIST
‘Are the Kids All Right? Representations of LGBTQ Characters in Children’s and YA Literature’
with B.J. Epstein, Mark Jennett and Letterbox Library
Saturday 29th March, 6.30pm

Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Guests from Alliance of Radical Booksellers member Letterbox Library will be introducing B.J.Epstein’s latest book which offers the first ever overview of English language children’s literature starring LGBTQ characters. The panel will consider:

*whether LGBTQ children’s books are inevitably marketed and shelved as ‘issues’ book;

*what sort of LGBTQ representations have existed in children’s literature to date (gay penguins, anyone?);

*how LGBTQ children’s books might be used in schools;

*how do we want to change the landscape of LGBTQ images in children’s books?;

*where should we all- publishers/authors, booksellers- be going from here?

Joining B.J. in the discussion will be Mark Jennett, a consultant and trainer specialising in diversity, who has worked with both the NUT and on the No Outsiders Project on addressing gender stereotypes and advancing sexuality equality in schools.

This talk will be followed by the announcement of the shortlist for the ARB’s Little Rebels Award for Radical Children’s Fiction; for further info. go to www.littlerebelsaward.wordpress.com
www.letterboxlibrary.com/

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‘Are the Kids All Right?: Representations of LGBTQ Characters in Children’s and Young Adult Literature’ by B.J. Epstein
Paperback: 316 pages
Hammeron Press; 1st edition (31 Oct 2013)
ISBN-13: 978-0956450739

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