Here’s our first Bookfair FUNdraiser for 2016 – raising funds, by having fun, allows us to keep the Bookfair free to the public!
LaDIYfest Bristol (FB page) in association with Bristol Anarchist Bookfair 2016 present an evening of good food, friends, music and poetry!
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We now have several thousand flyers printed for the 2016 Bristol Anarchist Bookfair – on 30th April at Trinity Centre.
The flyers are double-sided A5, full colour, printed onto to recycled (thin) card. Why not grab some to dish out to your friends, neighbours, work colleagues, or down your local pub or community space? You can pick some up from Hydra Bookshop (Old Market) or Kebele social centre (in Easton), whenever they are open! Here’s the flyer below, and you can see the images for all our publicity (poster, flyer, stickers, other images) on our Publicity page.
Since our Bookfair callout and first meeting on 4th October, the 2016 Bristol anarchist bookfair collective (BABC) has been getting on with the various tasks relevant to setting up the 2016 Bookfair.
Now that we are into 2016, BABC will be meeting more regularly to ensure the smooth running of the event…the next Bookfair collective meeting is:
Sunday 10, 24 January 7th, 21st 28th February, 13th 20th 20th March, Monday 28th March ,Sunday 3, 10 Sunday 17 April at 7pm, upstairs at Kebele social centre (14 Robertson Rd, Bristol BS5).
If you have the time & energy to commit to help with organising over the next 3/4 months then please come along, or to find out more / offer specific help, you can contact us at
Continue reading Organising for the 2016 Bristol Anarchist Bookfair
Kebele social centre, in Easton, Bristol, has now been going for 20 years and is celebrating by holding a NovemberFest – which is in fact 6 weeks worth of activities, events, workshops, cafes, parties & arts – alongside it’s normal weekly activities. As ever events are either free, or for a suggested donation of just a few pounds, and nobody is turned away because they are skint. Continue reading Kebele social centre – a 20 year anarchist experiment
If you enjoyed the Bristol anarchist Bookfair in April 2015 and want to get more involved, then come to our first organizing meeting on the 4th October 2015. it will be held at Kebele social center, 14 Robertson road, BS5 6JZ for a working lunch at 1pm. bring a vegan dish to share! new people are always welcome, and we would love to hear any fresh ideas.
Update – Next Meeting: Friday 30th October, 7pm start, at Kebele social centre, 14 Robertson Rd, Easton BS5 6JY. If you have the time/energy to get involved & help make the Bookfair happen then come along!
Kebele social centre is holding a community Open Day on Saturday 8 March (details on images), and welcomes anyone from the local neighbourhood to pop in, look around, and have a chat. This is the 20th year since the Kebele project started, and whilst it is open to the local community whenever it is actually open, it has made a specific effort to invite people along on Saturday. So come!
Kebele started in the autumn of 1995, when a bunch of activists in need of housing occupied the empty building. When Kebele was 18yrs old, we wrote this article about its history & purpose. Kebele is an overtly anarchist space, and is now guided by a clear set of principles. The Open Day is an opportunity for people to gain a better understanding of its aims and activities, and clarify any questions they may have. It’s also a chance to socialise, enjoy the vegan food from Kebele’s cafe, and find out about some of the many & varied anarchist activities in and around Bristol. So come! Continue reading Kebele Open Day as it Celebrates 20 years of Creative Resistance
Two discussion nights at Kebele social centre for local anarchists who’d like to discuss an anarchist response to the upcoming elections on 7th May 2015. Come along to sharpen your analysis & consider some options collectively…
[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?
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
Two former US Black Panthers visit Bristol this week. As part of a UK tour initiated by the London Anarchist Bookfair collective, numerous Bristol groups have banded together to arrange 3 discussion meetings in 2 days on 16th and 17th October. Continue reading Black Power, Anti-Fascist Struggle & Anarchism in the USA – 3 Events In Bristol