Call out for meetings!

There are still slots left for talks, presentations, workshops and discussions. We’ve had a couple pull out for personal reasons. We’re sorry not to be hosting Eric Laursen or South Essex Radical Media this year but that leaves room for you! Get in touch with your ideas please.

Please send us a brief description of what you’d like to do, anything you would need, and a summary for the programme. Our e-mail address is

Standard slots will be one hour, you’ll need to allow a couple of minutes each side for change over.


Update: Bristol Anarchist Bookfair 2018

From Bristol Anarchist Bookfair

The Bristol Anarchist Bookfair 2018 has had to cancel the booking with our venue. As a result the full-scale bookfair has been postponed, and a smaller event will run on the same day at the Black Swan.

The primary reason for this is that it has been brought to our attention that the Academy Trust who manage City Academy have a sponsorship deal with arms-selling dickheads Rolls Royce. Rolls Royce do very big business with the Turkish military, who are currently blasting the Kurdish region of Afrin, in northern Syria, to pieces. They also blew up the convoy that resulted in the recent tragic death of the Kurdish womens army (YPJ) British volunteer Anna Campbell, along with many Kurdish revolutionaries. We had a chat, and decided there was no way we were comfortable going ahead with the Bookfair in that venue. We’re a small collective running at reduced capacity, at this difficult time for Bristol’s anarchist community, and the loss of our venue means our only realistic option has been to radically downsize the event. We did have a last minute search for alternative venues available on the day, but there were none free that would allow us to run the full bookfair extravaganza we had planned.

But don’t be too downhearted, as the committed and the anarcho-curious amongst you will be able to get a flavour of Bookfair on the 12th. Our afterparty venue the Black Swan (at 438 Stapleton Road in Easton) has stepped into the breach and during the day we’ll be cramming the venue with as many book, zine and campaign stalls as we can and hosting a tasty vegan bbq in the garden! Plus 30 seconds up the road at BASE (formerly Kebele social centre) we’ll be choosing some of our favourite workshops for you to get involved with and along with all this there’ll be a kids space. We have our party all set to be a banger long into the night in the same space and we hope to see you there.

In the evening the Black Swan will play host to a bookfair after party of epic proportions taking us all the way through till 6am,  and raising money for anti-arms trade campaigning.

Outside the bookfair, of course, the weekend before, the Bristol Radical History Festival takes place on Sunday 6th May. You may also be interested in attending  radical/anarchist bookfairs around the UK throughout 2018

Massive apologies to stallholders, workshop hosts and anyone else that has been inconvenienced by this – we could have spotted this earlier, but it passed us by. If you have contacted us regarding a stall or a workshop, we will be in touch separately.

The Bristol Anarchist Bookfair will return in all its glory – and if you want to get involved in making sure that that happens, please contact bristolanarchistbookfair[at]!

Useful links:
1. City Academy is managed by an Academy Trust known as Cabot Learning Federation, sponsored by Rolls Royce.
2. Rolls Royce and the Arms Trade, – see as mapped by the Campaign Against The Arms Trade.
3. Rolls Royce interview in Defence Turkey magazine.
4. Anna Campbell killed by the British armed Turkish military
5. Bristol anarchist bookfair 2018

The Duty to Stand Aside: Nineteen Eighty-Four and the Wartime Quarrel of George Orwell and Alex Comfort by Eric Laursen.

The Duty to Stand Aside tells the story of one of the most intriguing yet little-known literary-political feuds—and friendships—in 20th-century English literature. It examines the arguments that divided George Orwell, future author of Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four, and Alex Comfort, poet, biologist, anarchist-pacifist, and future author of the international bestseller The Joy of Sex—during WWII.

Eric will be giving a presentation on this topic at Dorset Radical Bookfair 2018. See meetings tab for details.


The 10th Bristol Anarchist Bookfair! 12th May 2018

City Academy, Russel Town Avenue, Bristol, BS5 9JH

We have seen the future, friends! It consists of a world where beasts of all shapes, sizes and colours happily roam the lands together, where creatures morph their bodies at will and freely celebrate their gender identity. Work is abolished on this world, and the ashes that formerly made up today’s prisons and banks are used to fertilise plants that grow vegan burgers and chips!

Right now it’s 2018 and capitalism continues to rage like the venomous monster it is, and everyday we are bombarded with tales of the carnage that it creates. Thankfully, amongst this carnage, amazing creatures all over the world are rearing their heads, defying the state and fighting the hierarchies that oppress them. Come to Bristol on May 12th for the 10th Bristol Anarchist Bookfair to hear about other beings’ struggles and gather the skills and knowledge needed to move into the future. Anything is possible!

We are excavating entities from the fathomless depths of mythological history, and they will be appearing on posters near you soon. These creatures are there to ground ourselves in the impossible as anarchists always have and are an army to call on when fighting oppressive structures. In order to house this menagerie the Bristol Bookfair collective decided we needed to find a bigger arena to play in, so we have moved to a fantastic new habitat in East Bristol.

If you would like to join the mythical mayhem and show the anarchist community what weird and wacky scrolls you have gathered then we would love to have you! Stalls will cost £20 for campaign groups and £30 for vendors/distros. If you would like to make a booking please fill in this form or email Bfstalls(at) The deadline to have your name in the program is April 15th. If you have a burning desire to host a workshop then let us know. We are particularly interested in interactive workshops that will inspire discussions or share practical skills for strengthening and progressing our movements.

In order for this step up to a bigger venue to pay off we need all the help we can get promoting the day, and time is not exactly on our side. So please help spread the word and if your up for handing out flyers or posters in your area then get in touch.

For general inquiries message us on:



The Bristol Bookfair Crew!