All Bookfair workshops/meetings/activities take place at Trinity Centre EXCEPT for the Radical History Zone, which is 5 minutes down the road at Hydra Bookshop, 34 Old Market, Bristol, BS2 0EZ (you can buy books at Hydra too!).
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→
The RHZ at this year’s Bookfair will take place just down the road from The Trinity centre, at Hydra Bookshop, 34 Old Market, Bristol, BS2 0EZ (a mere 6 minute walk!). PDF download of RHZ full programme and also download full Bookfair meetings timetable.
Respect each other and the venue
Thanks to CoExist/Hamilton House and their liason person for hire of this venue in central Bristol. Please respect the venue and its many other users by – not smoking inside, clearing up your rubbish, and not entering those areas that are not part of the bookfair. More info about Hamilton House.
We want the bookfair to be accessible to all, whatever their age, gender, sexuality, ethnicity or ability. All floors are wheelchair accessible. We ask people to respect each other’s opinions and allow the free flow of ideas, even when you disagree. We will not accept any racist, sexist or other abusive or oppressive behaviour – you will be asked to leave. Animals are not allowed in the building, except guide dogs. Continue reading A note on Respect, filming and recording at the bookfair→
Well thats another fairly pointless election over, where quite frankly whoever you voted for would still implement the cuts.
Perhaps the only really interesting bit will be the AV referendum result – who got the bloodiest nose, was it the anti-AV Tories, or the pro-AV Yellow Tories the LibDems? Will the government fall…? Now that would be a result.
Looking for some real alternatives? Check out the amazing array of stalls at the Bookfair this Saturday providing anarchist and radical views and analysis on all the topics under the sun, and some above it too. Alongside history, theory, analysis and debate, there are also explorations of real alternative ways of living our lives and organising ourselves. Continue reading Election over. Now for some real politics – check out these stalls!→
The full programme for this years Bookfair has been layed out and 1500 copies printed. A few copies are being distributed around town. You can read the programme online as a pdf, and print your own copy:
Full programme (1.6MB pdf) – 2011_programme
The programme lists the huge array of stalls, and the details of the 34 debates, discussions and workshops covering most of the current hot topics. There are also events discussing anarchist ideas and practices, alongside talks and films about radical history over the last 100 years. You can find more details of the events, and other pdfs to download, on this page.
We’d like to thank the local police force, and Bristol city council, for demonstrating so clearly to us all their cosy relationship with big business over the Tescos affair. The state plays a key role in a capitalist society, and has a mutually beneficial relationship with the desire of global capital to maximise its profits. It will never willingingly stand in the way of large corporations doing whatever they want to do. The ongoing Tescos affair in Stokes Croft clearly demonstrates this historic relationship, and helps explain why anarchists oppose both capital and the state. Get along on 7 May and find out more.
The programme for the Radical History Zone at this years Bookfair is now complete, and available.
It’s a mouth-watering prospect with some fascinating events, that runs from Friday 6 May until lunchtime on Sunday 8 May. Organised once again by the Bristol Radical History Group, it includes some real treats for anarchists and radicals of every persuasion – from footie fans to free festival lovers, academics to direct actionistas, poets and puppeteers – you will not be disappointed!
Enjoy! Don’t forget to check out the other meetings and stalls at the Bookfair. Why not come to some of these events in the week before the Bookfair, including a May Day film & discussion night at The Cube on 2 May? Full details here.
Regular organising meet for this years Bristol anarchist bookfair, on 7 May at Hamilton House, Stokes Croft.
We meet Thursday 10 March, from 7 to 9pm, at The Smiling Chair, 40 Stokes Croft, BS1,which is opposite Classics freeshop.
On the agenda this week
1. Updates on stalls booked so far; workshops proposals; venue issues; kids space, bookfair cafe, equipment hire.
2. Plus publicity distro, fundraisers & finances, after-party, banner drops, other events, and much more!