Your guide to 2017 anarchist bookfairs in the British Isles

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Every year the anarchist movement has its biggest get-together at the London Anarchist Bookfair at the end of October. But there’s a lot of similar events going on between now and then, and we’ve done a roundup below so you’re never short of a book or two.

April 1st: Liverpool Anarchist Bookfair
Venue: The Black-E, 1 Great George Street
10am-5pm

Local stalls confirmed from 15 different groups including Solfed, hunt sabs and the anti-fascist network with more to come, plus afterparty! Workshops on anarchism and media, organising at work, prison solidarity plus many more details TBA, keep an eye on their Facebook page

April 29th: Cambridge Radical Bookfair
Venue: Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road, CB4 3BA
1pm-5pm

More details tbc.

May 13th: Nottingham Radical Bookfair
Venue: Tbc

More details tbc, contact bookshop (at) fiveleaves.co.uk

May 20th: Sheffield Anarchist Bookfair
Venue: Showroom & Workstation, 15 Paternoster Row
10am-6pm

The Sheffield bookfair is one of the longer-running around Britain, with this being its eighth year of hosting a wide range of stalls, talks and film screenings. Details and audio of some meetings from previous years can be found in their archive here.

Further details TBA, keep an eye on their website.

Info on rates and an application form can be found at the bookfair’s “For vendors, groups & activists” page. To get in touch email [email protected]

June 3rd: Anarchy By The Sea Bookfair (Dorset)
Venue: Portfield Community Hall, Portfield Road, Christchurch BH23 2AQ
10.30am-5.30pm

Organisers say this is the first anarchist bookfair in town (as far as they know), points if you know better! Stalls, meetings, films, food, refreshments and even a kids’ area. Followed by an afterparty from 7pm with live music and bar — £5 donation or less if you’re skint.

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June 24th: London Radical Bookfair
Venue: Goldsmiths University, New Cross

Organised by the Alliance for Radical Booksellers and featuring the annual Bread and Roses award for radical literature, the London Radical Bookfair is fast becoming a fixture in the activist summer calendar.

More info to follow, updating on their Facebook page. For enquiries email Cristina at cristina[at]housmans[dot]com

Autumn: Dublin Anarchist Bookfair

Now in its 12th year, WSM folks say it’ll be sometime in Autumn if it happens. Organised by the Workers Solidarity Movement, keep an eye out for their updates.

October 28th (provisional): London Anarchist Bookfair

It’s not been confirmed yet, but the London Anarchist Bookfair has historically been on the last weekend in October. The biggest gathering of anarchists in Britain and always full of fascinating talks, workshops and of course more books than you can shake a red and black stick at. Many smaller publishers including Freedom launch their latest titles on the day.

For updates, check their website and Facebook pages.

December?: Manchester & Salford Anarchist Bookfair

Details TBA, keep an eye on their Facebook page. For enquiries, [email protected]

 

Will they/won’t they

Bristol: Held their last bookfair in April 2016, but there’s a shortage of volunteers to do it again this year and they’re not sure if it’ll happen. [email protected] for enquiries or to get involved.

Norwich: Happened in August last year, the organisers feel it went well and are hoping to do it again in 2017 but no details as yet. 2016 event here.

Bradford: The 1in12 Club doesn’t always do Bookfairs, but when it does they’re interesting. Last time was September 2014

Belfast: Usually held around mid-October but nothing announced yet, updates here.

 


Done

January 28th: Derry Radical Bookfair
Venue: Pilots Row Community Centre, Rossville Street

Pronounced a huge success, check out their report and photos at https://derryradicalbookfair.wordpress.com

February 18th: Cardiff Anarchist Bookfair
Venue: Cathays Youth & Community Centre, 36 Cathays Terrace

Contact: [email protected] Previous facebook event


Have we missed you out? Get in touch with us via [email protected] or @freedom_paper. For a listing of bookfairs worldwide, check out the anarchist bookfairs blog