The date for the 8th Bristol Anarchist Bookfair is set to be Saturday 30 April 2016, and a venue has been provisionally booked.
This will be the day before May Day, and we hope to see a mass May Day event in Bristol to ram home the message that not only did the vast majority not vote for the Tories, but we actively oppose all and any austerity cuts too. If anyone is thinking of organising event(s) for May Day then please get in touch for a spot of mutual aid!
The week before the Bristol Bookfair, there will be an Anarchist Bookfair in Sheffield on 23rd April – see website. The first UK Anarchist Bookfair of 2016 will be in Cardiff on 20th February – see FB event.
There’ll be a callout shortly for people who would like to get involved with, and form, the Collective to organise our 2016 Bookfair – so watch this space!
A brilliant new documentary about the 1984/5 Miners Strike goes on general release at the start of October. ‘Still The Enemy Within’ is an independent, crowd-funded film lasting 112minutes, that has no experts nor film stars in it, and is sadly only likely to be seen at smaller independent cinemas. Pre-release screenings have been taking place at various festivals these last few months such as Sheffield DocFest & Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival (where we saw it), to rave reviews, while a formal cinema licence was being obtained. You can catch it locally on 21 October, 7.30pm at the Cube Cinema in Bristol (ticket info), as well as nearby in Cardiff, Bath & Clevedon – full list of screenings. Continue reading Still The Enemy Within
It is now five months on from the 2014 Bristol Bookfair. Despite some crap weather in the late morning, the sun shone later and the turnout was pretty good as once again hundreds turned out to grab some political literature, attend the discussions, network & socialise. As usual the Bookfair was self-funding, with stall fees, donations, the cafe and after-party combining to more than cover costs. The 2014 Bookfair Collective has now dispersed, and an event in 2015 will only happen if enough people come together to make it happen? With the next UK General Election due around May 7th 2015, an Anarchist Bookfair around that time could be part of an intervention into the ongoing failure of UK party politics & parliamentary rule, and the dire need for some serious alternatives!
There’s a good chance you may be in need of some more anarchist literature & discussions to inspire you with ideas? Lets face it the world hasn’t exactly improved since April! Issues such as resource wars, climate change, wealth inequality, privatisation, political/financial corruption, corporate & state control, nationalism, racism, religion, sexual abuse, to name just a few, continue to impact negatively on all our lives, and we can be certain the political parties wont solve these problems for us. So here are a few upcoming events and resources offering you the anarchist alternative…. Continue reading Books, more Bookfairs, and Ideas
Six weeks on and the dust has settled on the 2013 Bristol anarchist bookfair. even the sun has finally returned again (for a while). Here’s a short review of the 2013 Bookfair written by one member of the 2013 Bookfair Collective.
Two things seem to happen when we have an Anarchist Bookfair in Bristol. Firstly the sun shines, it did again on 20 April for the first time in ages, justifying our gamble on a venue change, to The Trinity Centre, with a large outdoor garden & space, ideal for outside fun, and meetings focusing on land, food, the commons and permaculture. The kids enjoyed the bouncy castle too! Second up we again had a period of heightened political tension – Thatcher’s death this time, not more riots on Stokes Croft, but a mini riot at the end of the Easton Death Party on the day the bastard died.
Those factors, along with extensive online publicity, posters & stickers, plus 65 stalls (sadly a few failed to show on the day), and 38 wide-ranging meetings (including the Radical History Zone down the road at Hydra Bookshop), ensured an excellent turnout of around 1000 people to the 5th Bristol Bookfair. Kebele’s vegan cafe was overrun, our donations buckets overflowed as we covered our costs, and we’re already trying to book in next year at Trinity Centre – although our preferred date of Saturday 17th May 2014 looks unavailable. Continue reading Anarchism sunny side up
Welcome one and all to the Bristol anarchist bookfair 2013! It’s gonna be a sunshine day!
Thatcher 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
Update 11 April – well, well, well…hundreds of people in Bristol came together on Monday 8 April, in and around the Chelsea & Plough pubs on Chelsea rd, Easton BS5 for a street party to celebrate Thatcher’s departure from this world. See Bristol Indymedia report and Bristolian report, also local Tory press report. An offer of help to anyone facing legal problems/arrest has been made by Bristol Defendant Solidarity, call 07746741104 and leave a message.
It may be 34 years late… Continue reading One less Tory scum
The Bookfair Collective has co-ordinated this programme of meetings in the Bookfair Assembly Room. We believe that the topics under discussion encapsulate some (but obviously not all) of the key issues facing ordinary people today, be they political activists or not. It is intended that upto an hour of each meeting will be given over to questions and discussion. Download the programme for the Bookfair Assembly Room as a pdf Assembly room full programme or read on below.
The Assembly Room is on the 1st floor of the Trinity Centre, and will be accessed via the main Stalls room on that floor. It is a large room holding 80+ people, so your assistance is welcomed in starting & ending meetings promptly – please enter/leave quietly! Because of the size of the Room we will be using a small PA.
Our thanks go to all those who agreed to speak, and to the volunteer facilitators.
Bookfair Assembly Room Programme
Continue reading Bookfair Assembly Room programme at the 2013 Bookfair
The deadline for proposals for meetings, workshops etc for this years Bookfair has now passed – our email account and postbox was checked just after the 12noon deadline! We are not accepting any more proposals, and we are already oversubscribed.
Many thanks to those who sent in proposals. The bookfair collective meets on 20 March to finalise the programme, and we will be in touch with proposers as soon as we can.
The full Bookfair Programme will be available online in about 1 week. Printed copies will be available on the day of the bookfair, and for about 2 weeks in advance from Kebele social centre and Hydra bookshop.
Here’s a reminder of meeting/events spaces at the Bookfair: Continue reading Update on meetings and workshops at the Bookfair
The Government has sent a clear message to anti-workfare campaigners. Workfare cannot be beaten in the courts.
The recent court case, Reilly and Wilson V the Secretary of State, initially sounded like a huge victory for those opposed to the workfare programme. Yet when the dust settled it soon became clear that it was a hollow victory. Although the judge had ruled the Government had breached their own rules, nothing had really changed. The DWP has moved quickly to change the regulations to comply with the judgement.
It may be possible that some claimants, unjustly sanctioned, will be able to claim a repayment of any lost benefits. Yet, the Government are refusing to pay out until they have exhausted all legal avenues. Even then claimants are again going to face being forced onto schemes that the Government have had to acknowledge don’t actually work. All evidence shows that you are more likely to find work if you don’t waste your time on the work programme.
So what next? If legal methods don’t bring results, then a return to the methods that get results must the order of the day. Direct action, organising and publically shaming those that profit at the expense of the unemployed.
So join the Boycott Workfare for a week of action on 18-24 March against workfare exploiters everywhere. Bristol Solidarity Federation, as part of an on-going and sustained campaign, actively organised with others against Holland and Barrett’s involvement in Workfare. Resulting in the company, who were planning to take on thousands of unpaid workers, abandoning their exploitative plans. Now the Solidarity Federation has now turned its attention to Poundland. Continue reading The fight against workfare goes on