The printing of zines has begun! The collective has picked some of our favourites to fill your brains with useful information and funny stories at the Anarchist Zine Fair, and on top of that we’re throwing a party afterwards for you all to let loose and boogie! Party info ere!
As 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
LaDIYfest 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.
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!
Politically distressed / Pissed up Punk Rock n’ Roll from the hard knock pits of London
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):
You can also download this grid as a pdf (2mb): BABF2016_Allworkshops_grid Continue reading All Meetings & Workshops at the Bookfair
Various 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!!!)
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!
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.
Just 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 Zone – FB 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!
[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?
Presently 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!
We 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.
The 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?
Two discussion meetings of interest to anarchists take place over the next 10 days, both happen to be at Kebele social centre.
On 16th October ‘Another Workplace Is Possible’ takes in recent examples of workers resisting (and taking over), and discusses ways to fightback against current UK exploitative work practices.On 20th October ‘Private space, Public space, Communal space – anarchist participation in the struggles for Barcelona’, with activist-author Peter Gelderloos, hears about recent struggles there against gentrification, and how they may apply here.
But that’s not all! October into November sees a plethora of meetings, events, and we hope action, across Bristol. Organised by a variety of groups/campaigns, and aiming to provide ‘information for action’, as well as historical perspectives and deeper theoretical understanding. You can find many of these events on the new Events Diary initiative from Bristol AFed, whilst also well worth checking are events at or by Cube Cinema, Hydra Bookshop, Kebele social centre, and Bristol Radical History Group. Do get along!
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! Continue reading Anarchism in 2014