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Posters and a Picnic! (Plus a deadline reminder)

After a long ordeal our posters have finally been printed, and they’re fabulous!
Here are two of the three, coming to a street near you soon!

On another note if you haven’t booked a stall at the bookfair this year then you have less than a week till the deadline. Come get involved! Application form.

We will also be in St Werburghs on Sunday 3rd September for ‘picnic in the park’ selling some great zines and doing an ‘introduction to anarchism’ talk so come find us.

Nice one!

Bookfair stall application

It’s 2017 and the Bristol Anarchist Bookfair Collective has new collective members, a new venue, a new date and some new ideas.

As well as all the usual exciting features of the bookfair such as the amazing range of radical literature and the networking opportunities, this year there is going to be a particular emphasis on workshops and discussions. In order to provide good space for workshops and to prevent discussions from being crammed into tiny windows of time we have moved to St Werburgh’s where we will be occupying the community center and the primary school.

Although we have taken on two venues the amount of space for book stalls will still probably be reduced from previous years. Priority will be given to groups that organise using anarchist principles and we would ask that groups campaigning on similar issues consider sharing a stall.

For bookfair stall bookings please use our shiny new online booking form which you can find here www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/S56X7K8. The deadline for stall bookings is August 16th.

If you have an idea for a workshop let us know, we are particularly looking for interactive workshops that will either inspire discussions or share practical skills useful for strengthening and progressing our movements.

For General inquiries message us on bristolanarchistbookfair@riseup.net

p.s. Unfortunately we had a minor technical hiccup and the booking form wasn’t working properly, so please re-do it if you had tried to fill it in already. Sorry!

Bristol Anarchist Zine Fair 2017

zine fair flyerAs a build up to this years bookfair we are having a Bristol anarchist zinefair. With the aim of spreading information and sharing ideas there will be distro and activist stalls selling and distributing zines. There will also be a zine making workshop and other workshops and discussions and a vegan cafe serving food and cakes all day. In the evening there will be a fundraising gig at a different venue. Come celebrate this great diy form of sharing information and experiences.

More information coming soon but get this in your diary!

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

LaDIYfest Bristol presents the Anarchist Bookfair After-Party

BABF2016_afterpartyLaDIYfest Bristol is pleased to present the Bristol Anarchist Bookfair 2016 After-Party!

It’s all at The Stag & Hounds, 74 Old Market Street, Bristol BS2 – just a 10minute walk from the Bookfair, or 3 minutes from Hydra Bookshop.

FB Event

Doors around 7pm, bands start 8pm & go on until late with DJ’s.

Door tax: £4 suggested donation – this fundraiser helps pay for the Bookfair!

Featuring:
SHOT
Politically distressed / Pissed up Punk Rock n’ Roll from the hard knock pits of London
https://www.facebook.com/this.is.SHOT/ & https://shotpunx.bandcamp.com/ Continue reading LaDIYfest Bristol presents the Anarchist Bookfair After-Party

All Meetings & Workshops at the Bookfair

We are pleased to announce the full programme of Workshops & Meetings at the 8th Bristol Anarchist Bookfair!

There is an exciting mix of talks & discussions, history, theory, debate, practice and some hands on practical events.

Here’s the full timetable (click to enlarge):
BABF2016_Allworkshops_grid1You can also download this grid as a pdf (2mb): BABF2016_Allworkshops_grid Continue reading All Meetings & Workshops at the Bookfair

1st of May – Join the Radical Workers Bloc on Bristol May Day march!

1stMay_radworkblocfrontwebVarious Bristol anarchists & radicals, including the groups Bristol AFed & SolFed, have issued a call to join a Radical Workers Bloc on this year’s Bristol May Day march & rally, on Sunday 1st of May – International Workers Day!

The Bristol May Day march/rally is organised by Bristol Trade Union Council (BTUC) this year, starts 11.30am at Castle Park – full details here.
(May Day follows the Bristol anarchist bookfair on Saturday 30th April at the Trinity Centre – but we are sure you’ll all be up in time!!!)

Callout: “Calling all Anarchists, rebels, radicals, and workers who are sick of taking shit! Let’s give the 1stMat_radworkblocbackweb2politicians & bosses the Class War they’ve started!

The 1st of May is International Workers Day (brief history + video), it’s a time to come together to commemorate the struggles of the past and push forward the struggles of today.

Join us on Bristol’s May Day march organised by BTUC, just look for the red & black flags on the day. We’re looking for as many people as possible to join us in a surprise action on the day as well.

The Bloc is backed by Bristol Anarchist Federation, and Bristol Solidarity Federation, get in touch if you’d like your group to get involved as well.” FB event.

What is May Day: “Originally a pagan holiday, the roots of the modern May Day bank holiday are in the fight for the eight-hour working day in Chicago in 1886, and the subsequent execution of innocent anarchist workers.” Continue reading 1st of May – Join the Radical Workers Bloc on Bristol May Day march!

Timetable of Meetings at the Bookfair

We’re pleased to announce our timetable of meetings/workshops for the Bristol Anarchist Bookfair, on the 25 April, at the Trinity Centre in Bristol, with the Radical History Zone just down the road at Hydra Bookshop.

The meetings are spread across 5 spaces, and plus we have the Soap Box outside for a mix of entertainment and ranting. There’s a wide range of topics up for discussion and debate, so come on down and join in. Ideas & Information for Action!

You can see the full timetable on the image below (click to enlarge), or you can read/download them from this pdf  BF15_All meetings timetable.

We will shortly be adding all this info in more detail to the Workshops/Meetings page on the website. We’ll see you on the 25th.
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Full steam ahead through the electoral swamp

stick_GovtafraidFBJust 5 weeks to go now until the Bristol anarchist bookfair at The Trinity Centre in Bristol, and it’s all shaping up well. Even the political parties & politicians are doing their bit for us – by acting like the complete bunch of liars, cheats & weirdos that they are.

The election campaign is shaping up to be one of the most petty name-calling & posturing campaigns ever, with barely a policy debate in sight, and with yet more cuts being promised by just about all the parties. We make no apology for having nothing but hatred & contempt for the political parties and their ruling class masters – their time will come, the sooner the better!

Whilst they waste our time and yours, we have a few deadlines coming up:
– we still have a few Stall tables left, so if you want to book one in time to get listed in our printed programme you need to do it this week. Any Stall spaces booked after that willl only be listed online. For forms & info see the Stalls page.

– noon on Wednesday 25 March is the final deadline to submit a Workshop proposal. The Bookfair collective meets that evening to decide which 12 proposals go ahead at the Bookfair. For forms & info see the Workshops page.

– all our publicity has been printed and is being passed around. We could do with help sharing it online – you can copy images of posters etc from our Publicity page and share them online. You can also share our social media links with friends, networks & contacts:
On Crackbook (FB page) here – Bristolanarchistbookfair
On Crackbook (FB event) here – 7th Bristol Bookfair
Radical History ZoneFB event and BRHG website
On Twitter – @bristolbookfair using this as our main hashtag #BABF2015 and also #AngrynotApathetic.

The printed programme for the Bookfair should be printed by about 10 April, and it’ll appear online by then too, so keep checking back. Other info will be made available as and when its confirmed, such as the After-Party! We’ll see you all on the 25 April, it’ll be great!

Want a Bookfair in 2015? Join the Bookfair Collective!

[UPDATE: Next Bookfair Collective meeting – Wednesday 7 January 2015, 7.30-9.30pm at Kebele social centre. This is a working meeting for anarchists with the time & commitment to be involved in organising a Bookfair over the next few months.]

It is the time of year when the Bristol anarchist bookfair collective (BABC) re-forms itself and starts planning an event for the next year. So do you want a Bristol Bookfair in 2015? And if yes…will you help make it happen by getting involved in the BABC?

goldmanPresently we have a couple of people interested in making it all happen, but the vast majority of the 2014 collective want a break this year, and that includes those who have done it for many years, and just the one year. So to put it bluntly, we need more people to make it happen, or it just wont happen!

votingillegalWe do have a provisional date lined up for late-April again…and this would tie in nicely for making an anarchist intervention into the General Election that is set for Thursday 7 May. Because as we all know, the government will get back in, and whoever it is offers us absolutely nothing.

Bookfair collective organising meeting – Wednesday 19 November, 7.30-9.30pm, at Kebele social centre, 14 Robertson Rd, Easton, Bristol BS5 6JY

  • This is a working meeting for people who are interested in being a part of BABC, are anarchists, and can commit the necessary time and effort to the collective – regular meeting attendance, taking on and completing a variety of tasks over a period of 5 months, and of course being available on the day all day.
  • So no time-wasters, liberals, reformists, political parties, popular-frontists, cops or wannabee-elected-politicians!
  • If you have a query about what is involved then email us before the 19th, ideally with a contact phone number, and we’ll get in touch.
  • If you have suggestions, ideas, constructive criticisms, or complaints, but dont have the time/desire to be a part of BABC, then just email them into bristolanarchistbookfair[at]riseup[dot]net and we’ll look when we can.

no govtThe Bristol Bookfair has consistently been the largest explicitly anarchist political event in the south west region, attracting around 1000 people in recent years. In election year it may well be even bigger as people seek out real alternatives to the career politicians & friends of big business in the main parties, and that includes UKIP. Wouldn’t you like to be a part of making the Bookfair happen in 2015?