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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?

Workplace & Community Resistance

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.

calendarBut 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!

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Anarchism in 2014

BABC_logo_smallFollowing 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

Swindon Radical Bookfair this Saturday 21st September

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.

Venue: Central Community Centre, Emlyn Square, Swindon, SN1 5BP.
Map and Facebook Event.

Date: Saturday 21st September 2013 Continue reading Swindon Radical Bookfair this Saturday 21st September

Bristol Bookfair 2014

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.

BABC_logo_smallSome 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 Bristol Bookfair 2014

Bookfair propaganda artwork on display this weekend at the Arts Trail

The main Bookfair publicity propaganda artwork is on display this weekend during the Easton Arts Trail. The EAT is a decent local initiative, and our work is on display at our spiritual home in Bristol – Kebele social centre.

Kebele is in some ways a work of art in progress. Witness the new rear wall mural being worked on right now, to go with the other excellent murals adorning the outside walls; plus the political propaganda art inside the building.

The Bookfair display consists of the main colour posters, flyers, stickers and programmes for the Bookfairs 2008-2013, and covers the main wall in the cafe area (see dodgy pic below). There wasn’t the space to include artwork for publicity for other events we have run, nor for the many low-cost B&W propaganda we have produced. However if you trawl the website you’ll find that, along with the colour artwork – which can all be downloaded and printed as you wish!
Kebele is open: Saturday 15th from 11am to 4pm, with a cafe from 11-2 and drinks/cake after that. Then Sunday 16th from 11am to 9pm for drinks/cake, with a cafe from 6.30pm, and live poetry performance by Edson Burton at 7.30pm. So pop into Kebele, at 14 Robertson Rd, Easton BS5 6JY anytime and check it all out.
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Welcome to Anarchism Bristol style

Welcome one and all to the Bristol anarchist bookfair 2013! It’s gonna be a sunshine day!

A blackredThatcher may have gone, but her legacy remains, Brutal neoliberal economic policies (ironically part-funded and underpinned, and then bailed out by public money); backed up by the iron fist of the state to clamp down on any dissent (and also funded by public money). To do away with her legacy will require ideas, practices and action. Debated, refined and implemented on a mass scale. Continue reading Welcome to Anarchism Bristol style

Other Outside Events at the 2013 Bristol anarchist bookfair

These are the other events going on in the garden of the Trinity centre. Some are dependant on half-decent weather, although the meetings in the Tin Roof Shack are covered. You can download this info as a pdf Other Outside Events full programme.

Our thanks go to those organising metings and events, and to the Trinity Permaculture Garden crew for sharing their space and work with us. Continue reading Other Outside Events at the 2013 Bristol anarchist bookfair