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]riseup.net!

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

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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.

 

Ditching the Fear – angry workers film and discussion, in Plymouth, Saturday 19th August.

Our friends from Angry Workers of the World present ‘Ditching the Fear’: this is a film we intended to show at the bookfair but had to delete owing to lack of space.

Ditching the Fear tells the story of warehouse workers in Italy who recently went on strike, and overcame all obstacles to win. The film screening will be followed by a discussion led by Angry Workers, who went to Italy to speak with some of the people involved. facebook

Starting 4pm at the Fortescue on Mutley Plain, Plymouth, on Saturday 19th August. Hosted by Marea Granate Plymouth

You can read more about the strikes on the Angry Workers website

Elections and other ballots.

It hasn’t escaped our notice that another orgy of representative politics is underway, with folk who do nothing else offering to lead you hither and thither.

When we conceived this event back in February we made a collective decision not to accept bookings from political parties, without anticipating that a general election would be scheduled for the following week. Some of the participants in the bookfair are members of political parties and will be participating in the forthcoming shenanigans, nevertheless we ask comrades to refrain from electioneering on the day.

We don’t want to labour the point; it’s just not what we’re here for.

Bristol Anarchist Zine Fair, 13th May 2017

Zines, pamphlets, booklets… whatever you want to call them, many of us can agree that they’re a great way to spread information and share ideas easily and accessibly.

So this May, as a build up to this year’s bookfair, we are having a Bristol anarchist zinefair! There will be activist and distro stalls including our own distro of the bookfair collective’s favourites. There will also be a zine making workshop and other workshops and discussions. Kebele vegan cafe will be serving food and cakes all day. In the evening there will be a fundraising gig at a different venue, more info on that nearer the time.

May 13th 12 – 5pm
Kebele social centre
14 Robertson Road
Easton
BS5 6JY

And to set your minds at rest and put to bed all the rumours that have been circulating, YES the Bookfair itself IS happening! It’s going to be on the 16th of September and it’s going to be fabulous.