It is once again that time of year when we are bombarded by a coercive, sentimentalist, quasi-religious media onslaught that exhorts us to buy into happiness…by buying products to indicate our thanks and/or to achieve some sort of misty-eyed traditional happy family xmas. Never mind that personal debt is at record levels, that austerity means cuts to incomes and services whilst the rich get richer, that for some its a choice between heating or eating. Just buy buy buy and every little thing will be ok.
Whilst xmas is almost impossible to completely avoid (especially if you have kids), growing numbers of people do reject this feast of pointless consumption – some out of necessity, some out of choice. Many understand that respect, thanks, love, community & solidarity can be expressed in many ways that do not involve the purchase of unnecessary products. And that this can be done at any time of the year! Many also use the xmas break (if they get one) to recharge their batteries and reflect on what they are doing, and why. With Britain, and the world, facing multi-dimensional crisis, many are looking for ideas and alternatives that offer more than just lying politicians, corrupt media, and greedy corporations.
With that in mind we are delighted to offer a selections of outlets & resources offering either free or cheap ideas & words in the shape of the written and spoken word. Where buying is involved all outlets are not for profit. Read on and be enthused!
Hydra Bookshop, 34 Old Market, Bristol BS2 0EZ – radical community bookshop & social space run by volunteer workers co-op. Great coffee available whilst you browse.
Kebele Infoshop, 14 Robertson Rd, Bristol BS5 6JY – anarchist infoshop based a Kebele social centre and open when the centre is open. Also takes stalls to events. Range of anarchist books, pamphlets, music, mags plus free info. In the same space there’s a large free lending library of radical books, along with Sunday vegan cafes. Why not check out the December Saturday cafe on the 7th, from 11am to 2pm.
Bristol Radical History Group – run events, talks & walks, as well as researching/writing/publishing a series of pamphlets on local radical history (27 so far). They’ll be at the Bristol Local History Book Fair on 7 December.
Active Distribution – cheap as chips and punk as fuck anarcho-distro
AK Press – extensive range of books for some heavy reading, and much more
Christie Books/Films – extensive film archive (free to watch) plus books to buy and art to view
Freedom Press – the original anarcho distro almost as old as anarchy
Kate Sharply Library – anarchist history pamphlets & books, plus online docs & bulletins
PM Press – wide range of books, films, audio and more
Reel News – regular activist frontline news on dvd