To vote or not to vote. That is the question. And the debate did not start with Russell Brand. Here are a few a reasons to consider why voting does not equal democracy. You may be able to think of more.
(This article was sent to us by a local anarchist a while back, now’s a good time to run it!)
Continue reading 30 Reasons Why Voting Does Not Equal Democracy!
So that’s us done with the 7th Bristol Anarchist Bookfair! Massive thanks to all who came, all who helped, and all who donated at the Bookfair and/or After-Party. Will there be an 8th Bookfair? Well that’s down to you! There’ll be a callout in the autumn to see if there are enough of those willing to put one on next year…
As this year’s Bookfair happened to coincide with the 2015 electoral farce, we took a principled position of opposition & critique towards British representative democracy. As anarchists we have no desire to be governed and ruled over by anyone, be they left or right wing, so we don’t support any political party seeking such a position. To that end we worked hard to keep the Bookfair free from party political politics, and rejected a very few stall applications from those who seek to govern us, as well as a couple of others who we did not consider to have anything in common with anarchist aims & principles. Continue reading That was the 7th Bristol Anarchist Bookfair!
Here’s the details for the 3 meetings in our largest meeting space at the Bristol anarchist bookfair tomorrow, the Assembly Room, up on the 1st floor at Trinity Centre.
Do come along, have a listen to what the speakers say, and then question or contribute as you wish. Elsewhere in Trinity you’ll find some 59 tables of Stalls, an all day vegan cafe, a kids (with adults) space, the Soap Box outside, 3 more meetings spaces at trinity, and the Radical History Zone down the road at Hydra Bookshop. Enjoy! Continue reading Elections, Rojava (West Kurdistan), and Cops – the main debates @ the Anarchist Bookfair
The SOAP BOX is a new event at this year’s Bristol anarchist bookfair. With the political party campaigns for the 2015 General & Local Elections being incredibly stage-managed and non-controversial affairs, we hope the Soap Box will provide a further public space for people to have their say at the Bookfair.
What is the Soap Box – it’s a bit like Speakers Corner, or old-style political campaigning – stand on a box with a microphone and have your say. Calling all dreamers, ranters, poets, rappers, speakers, singers & jokers – get up and have your say, from a one-liner to a max of 4 minutes each. No discriminatory language or abusive behaviour please. Heckling is welcomed, politicians are not! Each session will be compered by 2 people, who will fill in the gaps, encourage participation, and ensure you get to have your say. And we know a lot of you have a lot to say!
The Soap Box will be outside at Trinity, located on the edge of the green space. Times & Comperes are:
12.30-2pm – Cosmo Vinyl & Faith Taylor (with guitars)
3-4.30pm – Mike & Emma Weston Combo
So…get ready to have a go this Saturday 25 April!
We intend once again this year that the Bristol anarchist bookfair, on Saturday 25 April, is a kids & family friendly event. We would therefore like to thank the Bristol-Men Against Patriarchy group (FB page), and friends, for taking on the ‘Kids (with adults) Space’, and vastly improving it.
The ‘Kids (with adults) Space’ will be on the ground floor of Trinity Centre, opposite the Cafe. There’ll be some comfy seating, soft toys, games, arts materials, facepainting, storytelling, tables etc, and space for kids to move around freely. It’ll run from 12noon-5.30pm and there’s a timetable of events for the day – see image. Continue reading Kids (with adults) Space @ the Anarchist Bookfair
Welcome one and all to the Full Programme for The 7th Bristol Anarchist Bookfair, on Saturday 25th April 2015, from 11.00am – 6pm, at Trinity Centre, Trinity Rd, Bristol BS2 0NW, with Radical History Zone nearby at Hydra Bookshop. We’ll be seeing you very soon…
We’ve now printed 1000 copies of the programme, to be handed out on the day. We make it available here now for you to see what’s on and when, so feel free to share it, print it off, or just read it online. It is possible there may be one or two minor changes over the next week, if so we will edit the information available online as and when that happens. So you may wish to check back and look at these pages: main 2015 Bookfair page / Stalls Page / Workshops/Meetings Page / publicity page / Respect, Equality & Accessibility page / Directions & Transport page / After-Party page The Programme is set out below in image format (click to enlarge). Continue reading Never Mind The Ballots…It’s The Full Bookfair programme!
The Room with a View at the Bookfair is another of the five spaces at the Trinity Centre where different groups/individuals are contributing workshops. There is an emphasis on sharing information & experiences to generate debate, and interaction is positively encouraged. Remember that none of the speakers are professional politicians – just ordinary impassioned people like you and us – ensuring minimal spin & bullshit! You can see details of all the Bookfair meetings here.
There’s a wide range of topics. Details are below, with some useful links, or you can download this pdf & print RoomwithView_meet details : Continue reading The Room with a View meetings @ the Anarchist Bookfair
The Breakout Room at the Bookfair is one of five spaces at the Trinity Centre where debates will rage and interaction is positively encouraged. Remember that none of the speakers are professional politicians – just ordinary impassioned people like you and us – ensuring minimal spin & bullshit!
There’s a wide range of topics. Details are below or you can download this pdf & print off Breakout Room_meet details : Continue reading The Breakout Room meetings @ the Anarchist Bookfair
We thought we’d try something a little different at this year’s Bookfair, and use one of the smaller rooms as a way of offering a space of Quiet and Support. Some people can find crowded spaces a bit of a hassle, so this room is somewhere to go if you just want to grab a little peace & quiet. You can also come here if you are looking for support (or know someone who you’d like to find help for) – be it dealing with activist burnout or trauma, or with other issues in your life. We hope this is a useful addition to the Bookfair!
We have asked Counselling for Social Change (website) to co-ordinate this room. They are an activist support project of trained & qualified volunteers who provide counselling for activists in need. They are based in Cornwall, where they offer face to face counselling and some retreats. They also offer activists telephone counselling, which is provided by various of their volunteers dotted around the country. Here is where they’ll be at the Bookfair, with an outline of what they’ll be doing (details from our programme): Continue reading The QUIET Support Room @ the Anarchist Bookfair
Once again this year on Saturday 25 April, comrades from the Bristol Radical History Group have taken on organising a small Radical History Zone as a part of the Bristol anarchist bookfair.
Again they’ll be based at Hydra Bookshop all day, which is at 34 Old Market, Bristol BS2 0EZ – just a 5 minute walk from Trinity Centre – and running a series of 6 meetings starting at 12noon.
Hydra naturally also sells books, and coffee & cake! Meanwhile a few of BRHG will also be running a bookstall up at the Bookfair in the Trinity Centre (on the 1st floor) – do check out their excellent series of local radical history pamphlets!
Here is the full RHZ programme, you can also find it on the BRHG website, download it here as a pdf RHZ_full info and indeed as a Facebook event. Continue reading Radical History Zone @ the Anarchist Bookfair