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Permanent Culture Now are also hosting a space.
Please see below for workshop descriptions & links to groups. There will be additions & changes will be made here and to the printed programme available on the day.
Also see Bristol Radical History Group’s page on their talks.
12 noon – 1pm
Marque Z: Theatre of the Oppressed taster
Migration is human, border controls are not inevitable. They cause violence and affect all of us, to different degrees. We will work with some theatre tools – sound, image and word and experiment to see if we can gain ground in the battle of the story on migration.
Permanent Culture Now: Social control of the poor with Bristol Claimants Union
A discussion of the control of the poor though debt, means testing and guilt for the benefit of the rich. From past to present the names may change from the Speenhamland System to Tax Credits, but the approach never does.
Radical History Zone: The Free Festival Movement In the 1970s with Wally Dean
From the heyday of the anarchic free festival movement and its oppression during the Thatcher years through to the continuing struggle to free Stonehenge today.
12.30pm – 2pm
Bookfair Assembly Room: Is Bart Simpson an Anarchist? with Bristol Anarchist Federation
We felt some of Bart Simpson’s calculations on this year’s bookfair poster were at best debatable and at worst problematic. Does Work minus Bosses, or Money minus Bankers really equal anarchy? What do we mean by the term “Work” anyway? And can money really have a role in an Anarchist society?
1pm – 2pm
The Dressing Room: Alternatives to Prison in the South West with Bristol Anarchist Black Cross
This workshop looks at how we can get people out of prison, keep them out and prevent new people going in while we dismantle the prison system and build alternatives to cages.
The Room With A View: The lessons of the 3 Cosas campaign
The story of how precarious, mostly migrant outsourced workers at University of London got organised and fought back, in conflict with their employer, the university management, the police and the bureaucracy of Unison.
Marque Z: State repression in Spain with Bristol Solidarity Federation
Last November thirty workers were arrested due to participation in an education strike. The increase of detentions and laws against protests show the government wants people to keep quiet while they dismantle basic civil rights and attack their living conditions.
Permanent Culture Now: Set up your own community growing group with Permanent Culture Now
Steve has turned a tennis court into a growing project, set-up Bolton Urban Growers and two allotments. Learn how to start an urban permaculture group, get people involved and make yourself visible to partners and funders.
Radical History Zone: The Fair Fight – Female Boxers in 18th Century Bristol with Anna Freeman
Anna will treat us to a foretaste of forthcoming The Fair Fight described as ‘a pulsating historical novel set within the world of female pugilists and their patrons in late eighteenth-century Bristol’.
2pm – 3pm
The Dressing Room: Bitcoin for Activists
Bitcoin and crypto-currencies are big news. But what do they have to offer anarchists and activists? This workshop will provide a basic introduction to bitcoin and how its features can be used to our advantage as an economic tool and a subversive unregulated alternative to the current financial system.
The Room With A View: Rules without Rulers: Possibilities and Limits of Anarchism
Marque Z: Subverting NGOs and trade unions to create radical change with More Like People
Many anarchists work for unions, NGOs and charities. What if we could subvert these organisations rather than buying into their agenda. Liam Barrington-Bush has spent 4 years experimenting with politics in the workplace and wrote a book called Anarchists in the Boardroom.
Permanent Culture Now: Local Food Campaigns
Come along and hear from Bristol’s own food campaigners, producers and activists from Trinty Community Garden, Barton Hill Walled Garden, Sims Hill Shared Harvest, Bristol Incredible edible, Feed Bristol and the Blue Finger Alliance and learn how to get involved in a movement that is literally growing.
Radical History Zone: Eco-Anarchism, Architecture and Alternative Technology in the 70s with Stephen E. Hunt
Taking inspiration from Situationism and social ecology, 1970’s anarchist collective Street Farm offered a powerful vision of green cities in the control of ordinary people. And find out who the Bristol Gnomes were.
2.30pm – 4pm
Bookfair Assembly Room: Solidarity in Bristol with Bristol Solidarity Network, Acorn Bristol, IWW, Bristol Sol Fed, Bristol AFed, Bristol Refugee Rights
Solidarity is a central idea which we organise round but how does it work in practice – especially across social and political differences? People actively showing solidarity with workers, migrants, claimants, and local and international struggles discuss what has been productive and challenging in their solidarity work.
3pm – 4pm
The Dressing Room: Prism – the Dark Side of the Net with Hacktionlab
In June 2013 Edward Snowden revealed our worst fears: that our governments have been spying on us. This workshop looks at what it means for us, and what we can do to about it. Welcome to the Dark Side of the Net!
The Room With A View: Futures – a novel by John Barker with John Barker & PM Press
John Barker discusses his upcoming release – a novel set in 1987 London. Barker will be reading from the novel and discussing the finance industry, Thatchers’ Britain, the world of drugs and organised crime and the various links to the City.
Marque Z: Bristol Sound System Networking with More Fire Sound System
A discussion on getting Sounds Systems off the ground, putting on parties and issues relating to the free party scene in Bristol.
Permanent Culture Now: Transition & Anarchism with Transition Network
Peter explains what the Transition Movement is and how it has grown from small beginnings in Totnes to a global movement of 1200 groups. Followed by a discussion on Transition and Anarchism, are they friends or opposing movements?
Radical History Zone: Britain’s Asian Youth Movements with Anandi Ramamurthy
Black Star: Britain’s Asian Youth Movement (Pluto, 2013) documents the Asian youth movements in 1970s and 80s Britain who, inspired by Black Power movements, struggled against the racism of the street and the state.
4pm – 5pm
The Dressing Room: No workfare! No sanctions! with Boycott Workfare & Bristol Claimants Union
Join us for a discussion on challenging workfare and benefit sanctions. We’ll share information on the rights we have and discuss how to organise to enforce these rights at the Job Centre and bring about the end of workfare.
The Room With A View: Why Men Against Patriarchy? with Bristol Men Against Patriarchy
An Introduction and Q&A with one of Bristol’s newest groups. What is patriarchy and why should men challenge it? What do we talk about? Do men have a role in feminism? Why have meetings for men only? How can we confront patriarchy? What are our future plans? All genders welcome.
Marque Z: Anarchists, Religion and State
How applicable today are attitudes to religion and state dating from revolutionary Russia or Spain? The two great evils to be destroyed or ignored! History can instruct us but can also make us force today’s events into an out-dated narrative. Do these attitudes increase or limit our social influence?
Permanent Culture Now: Anarchism and the Commons with Tom Henfrey – Schumacher Institute for Sustainable Systems
Throughout history people have organised to negotiate access to and responsibility for resources held in common. Common property shows participatory governance in action – an alternative to both state and market.
4 – 5.30pm
Radical History Zone: Skulkers and mutineers in WWI with Roger Ball & Colin Thomas
Find out how Blackadder could have been funnier and how Tommy and Fritz put their ‘cunning plans’ into action. Bristol dockers voted for Britain maintaining neutrality. When male ILP activists were sent to prison, women members continued to leaflet against the slaughter.
4.30pm – 6pm
Bookfair Assembly Room: Fracking & New Fossil Fuels – the new Climate Justice Frontline with Frack Free Bristol & Corporate Watch
5pm – 6pm
The Dressing Room: Workers’ Power in under an hour with Bristol IWW
Bristol IWW will run a tutorial on how to work together with your colleagues to challenge your boss and win better working conditions today and working class power tomorrow.
The Room With A View: Opposing the 2014 NATO Summit with No NATO Newport
In early September 2014, thousands of politicians, cops and businessmen, including 60 world “leaders”, will descend on Newport, S.Wales, for a summit of NATO. We’ll be there to try and stop them. Find out more about what’s planned and how you can get involved.
Marque Z: North Morocco’s migration crisis with Interzone Voices
The crisis faced by 10,000+ Subsaharan African migrants in Morocco is an under-reported atrocity committed by the EU against non-white people. Hear the testimony of migrants themselves to understand the racist and imperialist system Anarchists seek to destroy.
Permanent Culture Now: Bristol Indymedia has had a refit
Find out how the new Indymedia site can help your group or what volunteer roles there are for people who want to get involved. If you have used it let us know what you think about the new site and what else we could be doing.
5.30 – 6.30pm
Radical History Zone: Screening of Epiphany about the Fifth Monarchist with Suzy Gillet (dir)
A documentary, produced by Ian Bone, evoking the Mystics and Anarchists of the English Revolution that draws parallels with today’s fight against the monarchy and City of London Corporation.
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As politicians proclaim ‘economic recovery’ the gap between rich and poor in Britain continues to grow. It’s not surprising really. Another housing bubble, combined with Cameron’s ‘permanent austerity’ package was unlikely to do much for anyone but the top 10%. As we continue to bailout the bankers and the true extent of MPs (false) expense claims becomes clear, those worst affected by cuts are demonised as “scroungers”.
To shift attention from the real fraudsters, the right-wing press fuels immigration hysteria – another vulnerable group is criminalised, and the borders are increasingly fortified. Despite the recent floods and the scientific consensus on climate change, the state and corporate response is to extract more fossil fuel by ‘fracking’.
All over the world, resistance and experimental alternatives to this broken system are well under way. From everyday resistance enacted in the home, workplace or school, to more spectacular forms of direct action. From a thousand spanners in the works to a million spades in the earth, people are occupying, creating and organising new ways of living without hierarchy, domination and capitalism.
Bristol Anarchist Bookfair is part of this movement – a space to come together, discuss, laugh, cry and share the ideas, inspiration and strategies to resist and thrive. Leaders, politicians and representatives are never going to create the future we want. A better world is in our hands – but is only through considered action, together, that we can make it a reality.
We will again have over 60 stalls, a large discussion room, 30+ workshops and activities + the Radical History Zone at Hydra Books and the Permanent Culture Now marquee. Freshly cooked food by Kebele Cafe & Anarchist Teapot. Kids space and an outside adventure playground (also for adults)!
This is a call out to contribute to the bookfair in whatever way you desire; create what you would like to see:
BOOKFAIR Saturday 26th April
For queries about stalls please email: BristolBF-stalls (at) riseup.net (we recommend that when you post us payment you notify us by email.)
For non-stall related enquiries, requests for general info, offers of help and everything else please email: bristolanarchistbookfair (at) riseup.net
With thanks, in solidarity, Bristol Anarchist Bookfair Collective
All of these groups will have stalls at the Bookfair:
Avon Coalition Against Big Bio-fuels
Black and Red Federation / Bath Anarchists
Bristol Against the Arms Trade
Bristol Anarchist Federation
Bristol Anarchist Black Cross
Bristol Defendant Solidarity
Bristol Claimants Union
Bristol Solidarity Network
Bristol Housing Action Movement
Bristol Hunt Saboteurs
Bristol Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Bristol Radical History Group
Bristol Radical Film Festival
Bristol Solidarity Federation
Bristol Stop The War Coalition
Bristol University Anarchists
Frack Free Bristol
Princesa Pirata Distro
South West Against Nuclear
Stop Nato Cymru
The Land Magazine
Following the success of 2013′s event, the Bristol Anarchist Bookfair Collective has reconvened and are making plans for next year’s Bookfair. Saturday 26th April 2014 has been marked down as the date so make sure to put it in your diaries! We are also very pleased to announce that we will be returning to the Trinity Centre. (local map)
With a wide range of talks covering everything from anarchism and education to extreme energy and prison abolition; over 60 stalls; an outdoor space and activities (including a bouncy castle!); the Radical History Zone at Hydra Bookshop; Permananet Culture Now marquee & permaculture in the Trinity garden; wicked vegan cafe run by Kebele cafe; and a lively after party at The Croft, the 2013 Bookfair set itself a high standard that we hope to match and surpass this year!
None of this is possible without you! The Bookfair Collective is open to all and people are welcome to come along, get involved, and have a say in how next year’s event should be run. There are plenty of ways to help out with making next year’s Bookfair a success so even if you are unable to commit to coming to meetings please contact us as we’d love to hear from you.
As David Cameron talks about “permanent austerity” while cutting front line services and stuffing the pockets of his rich friends it is more important than ever to show that an alternative does exist and that it is achievable. As countries around the world boil over with revolutionary fervor it is vital that we don’t suffocate under the weight of reactionary forces bent on dividing us. We must build a new society in the shell of the old and the Bristol Anarchist Bookfair is as good a place as any to put our politics into practice and show the rest of Bristol what anarchism really means.
If you would like to get involved in organising next year’s Bookfair please come along to our next planning meeting on Wednesday
11th December 8th January at 7:30pm at Kebele social centre. All are welcome! If you are unable to make the meeting but would still like to be involved please e-mail us at: bristolanarchistbookfair[at]riseup[dot]net.
It is once again that time of year when we are bombarded by a coercive, sentimentalist, quasi-religious media onslaught that exhorts us to buy into happiness…by buying products to indicate our thanks and/or to achieve some sort of misty-eyed traditional happy family xmas. Never mind that personal debt is at record levels, that austerity means cuts to incomes and services whilst the rich get richer, that for some its a choice between heating or eating. Just buy buy buy and every little thing will be ok.
Whilst xmas is almost impossible to completely avoid (especially if you have kids), growing numbers of people do reject this feast of pointless consumption – some out of necessity, some out of choice. Many understand that respect, thanks, love, community & solidarity can be expressed in many ways that do not involve the purchase of unnecessary products. And that this can be done at any time of the year! Many also use the xmas break (if they get one) to recharge their batteries and reflect on what they are doing, and why. With Britain, and the world, facing multi-dimensional crisis, many are looking for ideas and alternatives that offer more than just lying politicians, corrupt media, and greedy corporations.
With that in mind we are delighted to offer a selections of outlets & resources offering either free or cheap ideas & words in the shape of the written and spoken word. Where buying is involved all outlets are not for profit. Read on and be enthused!
Hydra Bookshop, 34 Old Market, Bristol BS2 0EZ – radical community bookshop & social space run by volunteer workers co-op. Great coffee available whilst you browse.
Kebele Infoshop, 14 Robertson Rd, Bristol BS5 6JY – anarchist infoshop based a Kebele social centre and open when the centre is open. Also takes stalls to events. Range of anarchist books, pamphlets, music, mags plus free info. In the same space there’s a large free lending library of radical books, along with Sunday vegan cafes. Why not check out the December Saturday cafe on the 7th, from 11am to 2pm.
Bristol Radical History Group – run events, talks & walks, as well as researching/writing/publishing a series of pamphlets on local radical history (27 so far). They’ll be at the Bristol Local History Book Fair on 7 December.
Active Distribution – cheap as chips and punk as fuck anarcho-distro
AK Press – extensive range of books for some heavy reading, and much more
Christie Books/Films – extensive film archive (free to watch) plus books to buy and art to view
Freedom Press – the original anarcho distro almost as old as anarchy
Kate Sharply Library – anarchist history pamphlets & books, plus online docs & bulletins
PM Press – wide range of books, films, audio and more
Reel News – regular activist frontline news on dvd
Two former US Black Panthers visit Bristol this week. As part of a UK tour initiated by the London Anarchist Bookfair collective, numerous Bristol groups have banded together to arrange 3 discussion meetings in 2 days on 16th and 17th October. Continue reading
(UPDATE 8/10/13 – Kebele’s big birthday benefit bash on 5th October was a corker of a night and raised well over £2000 for the social centre. Massive thanx to all who put it on, played, and came & danced. See you all at Kebele!)
What started as a squatted empty building in the autumn of 1995, has turned into an 18 year (and counting) experimental project putting anarchist ideas and practices into action on a daily basis. Much to the disgust of Kebele’s many detractors over the years, who wont be coming to the 18th birthday bash!
No doubt when a small group of young punks & idealists occupied what they hoped would be a temporary home back in ’95, they wouldnt have expected it to still be there 18 years later. Amazingly one of the original occupiers remains involved, and there are regular visits from old-timers harking back to the good old days of the late 90′s Reclaim The Streets parties. Continue reading
A mighty fine attempt by a very few comrades to make radical ideas & history available in Swindon this Saturday, supported by the local TUC! And with a decent Bristol posse on hand to help out.
Includes 1 room of stalls, 1 room of meetings, and a space for refreshments and chatting.
A possible Bristol anarchist bookfair for 2014 has been provisionally booked in for Saturday 26 April. The venue would once again be the Trinity Centre, after the success we had there in 2013.
Some individuals from the 2013 Bookfair Collective will send a call out to form a new collective at some point in the autumn of 2013. However it should be noted that some of the 2013 collective are in favour of holding bi-annual Bristol bookfairs. Therefore, to hold a bookfair in 2014 we will need new and additional people to get involved! Watch this space….
If the Bristol bookfair 2013 gave you a buzz, then check out these upcoming events:
Saturday 5 October – celebrate 18 years of anarchist resistance and creativity with Kebele social centre at their ‘big birthday bash’ – see poster below & details here.
Monday 7 October – Indymedia: Past, Present & Future. Important meeting to discuss the future of Bristol Indymedia. Details here.
Saturday 19 October – the London Anarchist Bookfair, the oldest & largest anarchist bookfair in the world, attracting comrades from around the UK and from abroad. See poster below or details here. Continue reading