Stalls

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. Our e-mail address is dorsetbookfair@riseup.net

Stalls are £15 each in the main hall, we had to raise the price because this venue is significantly more expensive than last year but it has more space. In the unlikely event that we have any spare tables we’ll do our best to share them out on the basis of need.

There is a large car park at the venue, which has wheelchair ramps, we’re all on the ground floor this year.

Set up is from 09:30, open to the public 11:00, please have the main hall and meeting rooms cleared by 18:00 so we can set up for the afterparty, which is a short distance away.

Confirmed so far:

Action for Trans Health

The largest non-profit campaign for democratic transgender healthcare in the UK. We are dedicated to fighting for trans people’s right to dignity, survival, and leadership in healthcare.

Action for Trans Health’s work includes fundraising for affordable healthcare, supporting trans people with living and healthcare expenses, offering solidarity to other marginalised groups, organising direct action and campaigns in support of trans rights, providing a trained advocacy service for trans patients and education for healthcare professionals, and helping trans people navigate the out-dated and under-serviced British trans healthcare system.

Our activism includes advocacy, direct action, running solidarity funds, education, solidarity actions with other marginalised groups, support for trans prisoners and asylum seekers, and aid and advice for trans people dealing with the bureaucratic, legal, medical, and social violence that comes with being trans.

e-mail: info@actionfortranshealth.org.uk

Active Distribution

An anarchist DIY distribution that’s been around for nearly 30 years, and recently moved to a new collective based in Bristol.

You can also pre order on the website and pick it up at the bookfair, saving postage (choose ‘pick up from active’ in the delivery options).

Contact: info@activedistribution.org

Anarchist Federation

A federation of groups and individuals across the British Isles fighting against Capitalism, Patriarchy, the State, Fascism and all other forms of oppression. For a free and equal society, for Anarchism.

AK Press & Distribution

A worker-run collective that publishes and distributes radical books, visual and audio media, and other mind-altering material. We’re small: a few people who work long hours for short money, because we believe in what we do. We’re anarchists, which is reflected both in the books we provide and in the way we organize our business.

Decisions at AK Press are made collectively, from what we publish, to what we distribute and how we structure our labor. All the work, from sweeping floors to answering phones, is shared. When the telemarketers call and ask, “who’s in charge?” the answer is: everyone.

Our goal isn’t profit (although we do have to pay the rent). Our goal is supplying radical words and images to as many people as possible. The books and other media we distribute are published by independent presses, not the corporate giants. We make them widely available to help you make positive (or, hell, revolutionary) changes in the world. As you probably know, the stuff we carry is less and less available from the corporate publishers and chain shops.

BASE

Base for Anarchy and Solidarity in Easton: BASE – The Info Shop is a fundraiser for the Social Centre and sells mainly books, stickers, CD’s, some vinyl and other stuff. We travel to bookfairs to spread the anarchist viewpoint.

Berkshire Antifa

Berkshire antifascists are a grassroots, autonomous collective dedicated to resisting fascism in all forms. The funds raised by the selling of our unique merchandise, as well as raising awareness for the cause, will contribute to the travel, prisoner support and various other expenses involved in resisting the far right.

Bristol Anarchist Black Cross

We are in contact with a number of UK and international political and social prisoners, and related campaigns. If you have an interest in supporting prisoners, and opposing the development of the prison industrial complex (PIC) in particular any new prison building programme, and opposing the development of the surveillance state, then get in touch to find out more and get involved.

We recognise that prison is used as a means of control by the State. Or as former Mayday 2000 prisoner, Michael Collins, put it: “Prison is a weapon used by the State to crush individuals who step out of line”. Social prisoner John Bowden, in a letter to us, described it like this: “There are frontlines of class struggle thoughout the whole of society, violent interfaces where the poor and their oppressors confront each other, and prison represents one of the most overt and undisguised frontlines of class struggle that exists.”

The group aims to practically support prisoners by:

  • Writing letters, sending books and magazines, and where possible or needed financial contributions to those inside.
  • Publicising specific prisoners cases, campaigns and struggles.
  • Supporting and publicising other individuals, campaigns and resources involved in prisoner solidarity and anti-prison work.
  • We produce a monthly prisoner list and letter writing – on the last Sunday of every month at 6:30, see blog for details.

E-Mail:

Bristol Antifascists

Bristol Antifascists is a group of local people committed to opposing fascism and all that it stands for. Part of the national Anti-Fascist Network, we stand alongside other groups and individuals worldwide in the fight to keep our streets and communities free from fascist ideas and activity. We aim to play a part in building a genuine grassroots movement which is strong, effective and rooted in our workplaces and communities. As militant antifascists we organise on principles of equality, solidarity and direct action. We believe in organising for ourselves, building links and joining forces to defeat racism and fascism wherever they raise their ugly head. To beat the fascists and the far-right we will need all sorts of tactics and actions, organisation and strength in numbers.

If you would like to get involved or want more information, contact us.

Bristol radical history group

Bristol Radical History Group was formed in 2006 after the cricket and football teams we were playing for got sick of us going on about the book The Many Headed Hydra and its connections to Bristol. This book inspired us to look into our local history and its connections with the revolutionary Atlantic. We organised the first Bristol Radical History Week in Oct/Nov 2006 with the following aims:

  • To open up some of the ‘hidden’ history of Bristol and the West Country to public scrutiny and challenge some commonly held ideas about historical events.
  • To approach this history from ‘below’ by examining the actions and perspectives of those involved rather than the views of the contemporary establishment histories.
  • To recognise that the history of Bristol is inexorably linked to that of the Atlantic and former British colonies through its seafaring and trading activities.
  • To engage academics, local historians and the general public (including children) in the process through lectures, public debates, films and other events.

The events were a resounding success and showed that there was a significant public interest in radical history. Since then we have organised more than 250 events attended by thousands of people. Bristol Radical History Group group now operates within a much wider network of footballers, artists, techies, drunks, rioters, publicans, ranters, ravers, academics, Cancan dancers, anarchists, stoners and other ne’er do wells.

Bristol Solidarity Federation.

Building an anarcho-syndicalist organisation. A union based on anarchist principles. We are the local section of a non-hierarchical, anti-authoritarian solidarity movement.

Cambridge Climate Action

Critisticuffs

Critisticuffs is a group based in London putting on meetings, organising workshops and writing texts. We claim modern misery ultimately is the result of the capitalist economy, the nation-state watching over it and the wrong ideas people have about them. We also publish a magazine called Kittens: https://gegen-kapital-und-nation.org/en/publications/

Dog Section Press

A not for profit publisher and distributor of seditious literature. We aim to keep our publications as affordable as possible, and we distribute books and pamphlets that are inexpensive; at the same time, we refuse to compromise on quality – because there’s nothing too good for the working class.
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EMAIL:editor@dogsection.org

Freedom Press

Britain’s oldest anarchist press and largest anarchist bookshop.

Industrial Workers of the World Dorset

The I.W.W. is a global union for all workers, seeking economic democracy and environmental sustainability through a fair distribution of resources and effort. In the meantime we fight for better conditions today, and demand respect for all workers using direct action and solidarity. Along the way, we have had many small victories against wage theft and victimisation simply by saying: “you can’t do that”.

Unlike trade unions we organise the worker not the job, so you can carry the union with you in and out of work, but members of other unions are welcome to join the I.W.W. as well. We are not linked to any political party or movement. We organise as we wish to live, all officers are unpaid volunteers directly elected by the membership and no one’s opinion counts more or less than any other, there are no leaders and there is no career ladder to climb.

Moral Decay (Distro)

CDs, books and merchandise. Hardcore/Punk/Oi!/Ska, Skinhead and Punk subculture. Staying true to the real sound of the streets, the Sound of Revolution!

Positive Money Bournemouth

Campaign for a monetary system that works for society and not against it. Money creation is too important to be entrusted exclusively to commercial banks.

Radical Routes

A network of radical co-ops, whose members are committed to working for positive social change. The network is made up of housing co-ops, workers’ co-ops and social centres. We offer mutual aid to new and existing co-ops who gain membership, which includes legal advice, financial advice, practical advice and loans.

Sara Pascoe – Author.

Books with heart, soul and mind to hopefully tickle yours. Warning: the characters may live in your imagination long after the last page.

Time travel, sarcastic cats, and witches without brooms. Novels for young people, and the young at heart. The books have won awards, but the best reward is when readers enjoy my books!

Come, hear about the upcoming book where Raya continues her accidental time travel – into the world of William the Conqueror.

Wessex Solidarity: South Coast Free Radicals

An affinity group for those in our region with an interest in anarchism, syndicalism or direct action, who share our goal of building a stateless, classless society around the principles of libertarian socialism.

Class struggle anarchism has never been more relevant or credible, owing to the abject failure of capitalism and representative democracy, or state ‘communist’ bureaucracies to meet the needs of the people. Surely now every other ideology is discredited. We aim to promote our ideas by constantly challenging the narrative of governments and the corporate media.

Our emphasis is on supporting workers’ struggles locally and globally, fighting inequality, oppression and fascism.

We’ll have a selection of seditious pamphlets, zines, badges, T shirts etc.

 

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