Anarchy in the Sticks 2020!

Dorset’s fourth Radical Bookfair will take place on the 8th August 2020 at Dorchester Corn Exchange. Invitations will go out soon, if you’d like to be involved please get in touch:

Please note we now have our own paypal, use the above address to pay direct to the bookfair account, but remember to select “friends and family”, or you will be making a donation to a corporation with annual net income of 2.5 billion USD, at our expense!

The Uptown Portrayer Punk Poet

We’re chuffed to be hosting the Uptown Portrayer Punk Poet at this year’s Bookfair, who will be performing at the Busk Stop in the afternoon!

The Up-Town Portrayer a Punk Poet based in Swansea, has been busy developing his own unique style since early 2018, and has opened up The By The Bay Punk Festival in Swansea, Kippertronix Ska & Punk Festival in Mid-Wales, as well as performing at this years Nozstock Festival in The Hidden Valley in July, and continuing to gig extensively throughout the UK. Targeting subjects that really resonate with people, like supporting live music, not fitting into conventionality, inequality and not being taken in by the media and press, amongst other things. The Punk Poem about music venues called “Sticky Floor Future” has been published, and hangs proudly on the wall at the entrance to the Creature Sound Music Venue in Swansea, the original “Social Depravity” and “Fire In My Belly” have been included in the spring 2019 issue of anarchist magazine Organise! Also part of the Punk Poem “No Robot” was been recorded for the 2nd album of Welsh punk band Tenplusone. Punk Poems are kept short and sweet, and to the point lasting no more than 2 minutes each, and my set can last up to 30 minutes. Also going out for free to venues and promoters for the remainder of 2019.

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Invitation to Dorset Radical Bookfair 2019

Dorset’s third Radical Bookfair will take place on Saturday 7th September 2019 at the Corn Exchange, Municipal Buildings, High St East, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1HF. Our clash with Bradford Bookfair is unintentional and unavoidable, we hope you’ll support one or other event!

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:
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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, £18 if booked by the end of May. In the unlikely event that 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. At least one toilet 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, £5 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: forevertrevorknits [at] gmail [dot] com, 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.

Booking form for stalls and meetings