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The 2023 Anarchist Bookfairs List

Welcome to this year’s list, which sees a full return to form with the highest number of anarchist and anarcho-friendly bookfairs in five years, happening across more than a dozen towns and cities. It’s encouraging to see events like Dorset returning after a venue trouble-related hiatus, Peterborough getting its second showing on the trot, and a newcomer in the form of the First Hull Radical Bookfair.

As ever this article was collated too late to catch the Derry Radical Bookfair in January, and worthy mentions go to Sheffield Radical Bookfair on February 4th, as well as Weston-Super-Mare on the 12th. All the best to the collectives who put those together!

Below is a quick summary of confirmed bookfair dates, more details on each can be found further down this page.

  • March 18th: Liverpool
  • April 22nd: Bristol Radical History Festival
  • May 13th: Newcastle
  • May 13th: Bristol
  • May 27th: Glasgow
  • August 12th: Hull
  • September 2nd: Bradford
  • October 7th: London
  • October 7th: Dorset
  • October 14th: Peterborough
  • November 4th: Manchester
  • November 9th-12th: Edinburgh
  • December 26th: Belfast (details tba)

Note: All details are subject to change, be it due to unforeseen pandemic problems or because sometimes stuff goes wrong. Let us know via editor @ if so, or if you want an anarchist bookfair in Britain or Ireland adding to the list!


Belfast Anarchist Bookfair

Facebook | Contact: justbooksbelfast at

December, tba

Initially looking at a Spring event, the organisers have now settled on a winter inning, with more details tba.


Bradford Radical Bookfair

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September 2nd
At the 1 in 12 Club

Confirmed stalls include the AnarCom Network, Pirate Press, Northern Herald Books, the Communist Workers Association, Earth First, Yorkshire CND, Gutter Gear, West Yorks Hunt Sabs, Forged Books,
and Bandicoot.

Alongside the usual cafe events will be going on through the day, including Jack Horner (aka Leon the Pig Farmer), a Manchester-based Yorkshire beat poet, followed by a poetry session featuring your regular compere Tatty Hoggarth.


Bristol Radical History Festival

Website | Facebook | brh at

April 22nd at the M-Shed

The fifth outing for the history festival explores two main themes: radical Bristol and the Visual Arts, and Bristol Trade Union History Then and Now. Ever heard of Doris Hatt? Monica Sjöö? The Bristol Tramways Lock-Out? Well if not, prepare to be treated to some interesting tales.

Bristol Radical Bookfair
May 13th at the Exchange

Hosted by Active Distribution


Dorset Radical Bookfair

Website | Facebook | Contact: dorsetbookfair at

October 7th at the Bad Hand Coffee Warehouse, 7 Norwich Road, Bournemouth

Back in Bournemouth this year, the bookfair is a stone’s throw from the sea and the town centre, with kids’ area and donations-based vegan food all day. Bookings for talks and workshops are well underway and suggestions are welcome – along with volunteers for the day. An afterparty with live music will be put onat The Four Horsemen Pub just round the corner.

Vendor info: Setup is from 10am, £20 per table, we have to hire them this time. We welcome suggestions for talks and workshops and we’ve some interesting stuff booked in already


Edinburgh Radical Bookfair 2023

Website | contact: books at

November 9th-12th at Lighthouse – Edinburgh’s Radical Bookshop, 43- 45 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DB

Throughout our four days of panels, workshops, publisher and activist stalls, we explore the movement between our inner worlds and the society that shapes them, between personal and collective experience, the individual and the systemic in harm as well as joy.


Red and Black Clydeside Bookfair


May 27th at The Clubroom, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow

A gathering of libertarian/anarchist collectives, organisations, and individuals in the Centre for Contemporary Arts. With talks from Ben Franks, Iain McKay, Nick Heath, Hailey Maxwell and Jade Saab.


The First Hull Radical Bookfair


March 18th at The Danish Seamen’s Church, 104 Osborne St

With stalls and poetry already lined up, plus organisational backing from the folks who do the regular Bradford showing, so fingers crossed for a good day! There’s limited space for stallholders so if you’re interested message them asap.


The 5th Liverpool Anarchist Bookfair

Website | Facebook

March 18th at The Black E,  1 Great George St

A day of more than two dozen stalls, and workshops including talks on everything from resistance in Chiapas to sexism in the workplace and print cultures of 1930s Spain. Contact them for details about booking a stall or running a talk/workshop on liverpool.anarchistbookfair [at]


Anarchist Bookfair in London

Website | Facebook  | Twitter  | Contact: anarchistbookfairlondon at

October 7th across three central London venues
Details tba

Stall booking, artwork, a website retool, a mixtape etc are all in the process of being sorted, keep an eye on their various links for details.


Manchester Anarchist Bookfair

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Email: manchester at

It’s in the process of being organised, with a rumoured date of November 4th – details to be announced soon.


Ewan Brown Anarchist Bookfair

Website | Facebook | Contact: newcastleanarchistbookfair [at]

May 13th 2022 at the Star and Shadow Cinema
All day event

Food, stalls, workshops, a kids’ space and live music from Georgia May and Colly Metcalfe. Plus, as it’s at Newcastle’s fantastic radical cinema space, there’s also showings on of The Big Meeting and The Battle of Stockton respectively.


Peterborough Radical Bookfair


October 14th at The George Alcock Centre, Whittlesey Rd, Stanground, Peterborough

It’s year two for the plucky Cambridgeshire team after a really well organised 2022, in a fully accessible venue. Details are all being worked out at the moment, to get a stall just send ‘em a message.

Nothing Announced (yet) …

Nottingham: The usual group behind the city’s radical bookfair are Fiveleaves, who tell us they’re not sure if they’ll be running a bookfair this year or not. Keep an eye on their facebook for updates!

Pic: As last year, the Newcastle bookfair poster is standout pretty so takes pride of place as our main image.

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