Invitation to Dorset Radical Bookfair 2020

Dorset’s fourth Radical Bookfair will take place on Saturday 8th August 2020 at the Corn Exchange, Municipal Buildings, High St East, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1HF.

We’re a ten-minute walk from either railway station – Dorchester South or West. The stalls will be on the ground floor, wheelchair access to meeting rooms on first floor is via lift.

Our e-mail for enquiries:
Our website (here):


We invite applications for stalls from individuals, non-hierarchical groups and campaigns, grassroots unions, independent and non-commercial booksellers, artists, publishers and distributors. Priority will be given to those active in class struggle, antifascism, anti-oppression, environmentalism and mutual aid. No political parties please.

Stalls are £25 each in the main hall. If we have any spare tables we’ll do our best to share them out on the basis of need. Setup from 9:30, open to public at 11:00. The hall must be cleared by 18:00 so we can set up for the gig.


We’d appreciate suggestions for talks, discussions, presentations, workshops and films. Please send us a brief description of what you’d like to do, anything you would need, and a summary for the programme.

Other facilities

We aim to provide vegan food, snacks and drinks throughout the day. There will be a kids’ area – supervised play not crèche, guardians to remain in sight of their charges. Toilets will be gender neutral. There are a limited number of parking spaces at the venue for stallholders, if you need one please reserve it, priority will go to disabled drivers then those from out of the area. There are large public car parks nearby.


Live music from 7:30p.m to midnight, £7 suggested donation to Bookfair and to cover artists’ expenses.

We ask participants to endorse our statement of common principles

We want everyone attending this event to feel safe, comfortable and included. We reject hierarchy and coercion, we do not use or tolerate oppressive language: ableism, homophobia, racism, transphobia, sexism, snobbery or otherwise. We do not make excuses for sexual abuse or authoritarian regimes. We respect each other’s boundaries. We may ask people to modify their behaviour or take it elsewhere.


By bank transfer to: Account number 84669314 Sort code 518118, by paypal to: dorsetbookfair [at] riseup [dot] net, in cash to a member of the collective or post a cheque payable to ‘Dorset Bookfair’, to: Dorset Bookfair collective, c/o The Firkin Shed, 279 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth, Dorset BH8 8BZ.

It goes without saying but if you send money by paypal, please select “friends and family” or you are going to make a donation to a corporation with a net annual income of 2.5 billion USD, at our expense!

Booking form for stalls and meetings