Thanks, everyone.


Our warmest thanks and congratulations to everyone who participated in this year’s Dorset Radical Bookfair. The stallholders, speakers, performers and musicians, everyone who lent us stuff, helped out beforehand or on the day.

If you supported us in any way, shape or form, donated, bought something, came to a meeting or the gig, even if you just walked in off the street, had a look round and ate some cake, you contributed to our success and we hope you had a good experience.

We really appreciate the staff at Dorchester Corn Exchange, who made a great effort to have everything ready for us, so our skeleton crew could run it smoothly.

As public and social spaces are being lost, venues becoming less affordable, the voluntary, non-commercial sector is contracting. It’s vital we all get involved in these events or they will vanish. We must have time and space to meet face to face, away from the manipulative corporate and social media, to learn from one another, share ideas and experiences, and come up with radical solutions.

We’ve all made new friends this weekend – in real life! People won’t fight together unless they care about each other personally, and that doesn’t happen through a computer screen.

Feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive, especially regarding the venue, we always welcome suggestions for improvements to future events, especially when they come with offers to help implement them!

Love and best wishes,

The DRB Collective.


[TALK] Lucien van der Walt, 2019, “Renewing and Reforming Labor: The Case for Anarcho-Syndicalism”

Lucien van der Walt

Lucien van der Walt, 2019, “Renewing and Reforming Labor: The Case for Anarcho-Syndicalism,” ASR/ Anarcho-syndicalist Review, number 75, pp. 10-15

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Thanks very much for having me on the panel **, along with comrades Hilary Wainwright, who has been a key figure in the British feminist and socialist movement, editor of Red Pepper, Ozzi Warwick of the Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union in Trinidad and Tobago, and Martin Egbanubi of the Michael Imoudu National Institute for Labour Studies, Nigeria. There is quite a nice link between the different inputs, with their stress on self-activity and the immense creative potential of working class and poor people, as organizers, as rebels, and as creators of new models and ideas.

What I want to look at in this paper are the ways that we can think about the role of the self-activity of ordinary workers as a…

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Any library campaigns in other places please keep us posted.

Local residents signing the new SOLE petition at Broomfield Parade on Saturday lunchtime.

This is the kind of focused, determined grassroots campaigning undertaken by well organised activists that we really admire. What we also like are the tactics of having dispersed actions right across the county. Not everyone can get to Chelmsford for a demo – having local actions gives more people a chance to take part and have their say.

This is from the Save Our Libraries Essex Facebook page

Library campaigners were out in Broomfield on Saturday lunchtime and gained nearly two hundred signatures against what they call a ‘closure plan by stealth’ for Essex libraries. Broomfield is set to see a ‘save our library’ protest march on Saturday 28th September, meeting at Broomfield Church Green at 4pm, as part of SOLE’s county wide day of action. Meanwhile the online version of SOLE’s new ‘Save our librarians –…

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Anarchism and Organisation by Errico Malatesta.

Anarchist Communist Group.

The ACG has just published Anarchism and Organisation by Errico Malatesta. Written over a century ago, Malatesta’s arguments for the importance of organisation are as relevant today as ever. However for many in the anarchist movement the idea of ‘organisation’ is a dirty word. Malatesta, by stressing the importance of organisation for anarchists confirms an important point for us in the ACG- a national political anarchist communist organisation. Therefore, Malatesta’s insistence on the importance of anarchist organisation is important support for our struggles to create effective organisation in Britain today.

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Dorset Radical Bookfair – Anarchy in the Sticks!

A nice review from our comrades at Bristol AFed

Bristol AFed rarely miss a chance to get down to support our friends in Dorset, and this year’s Dorset Radical Bookfair was a great opportunity to do so again. It’s Dorset’s third bookfair, and took place at a fantastic and friendly venue, the Corn Exchange, in central Dorchester. But before going any further, it’s probably worth asking ‘why a bookfair’?

Anarchist (and radical) bookfairs have been a staple of the anarchist movement since the 1980s in Europe and beyond, and serve various roles. First and foremost, they are one of the most coherent public faces of anarchism, giving us the opportunity to counter the negative stereotypes and misconceptions around anarchism, in a (mostly) welcoming setting. Secondly, they also give us a chance to raise much-needed funds for various projects. Thirdly, we use the bookfairs as a chance to go over and advance our theories. And last but not least, they’re a great opportunity to create or re-kindle personal connections, which bind the movements together. We sometimes call them ‘Anarchist X-mas’ (and yeah, they also can entail the odd row, just like actual X-mas!).

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Bridport 1919: conflict and tensions in a small industrial town in West Dorset

Wessex Solidarity

Event from: Bristol Radical History Festival 2019 (Level 1, Studio 1)

At the start of World War One Bridport was essentially a one industry town: rope and net making. The war brought opportunities to the town but also challenged paternalist employers with a revival of trade unionism and state pressure to improve low wages. With the Armistice, the sense of a collective national interest on the home front began to ebb away revealing long-standing as well as new tensions in the town. This talk explores the origins of these tensions in the war years and the range of ways in which they were expressed in the town in 1919, including soldiers’ protests and industrial strikes as well as a range of new political organisations in the town. Bridport was hardly a ‘red’ town and even with the new electorate of 1918 continued to return a Tory to Parliament as it…

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