With the recent announcements of dates for Liverpool and the Anti-University, our list of anarchist and radical bookfairs across Britain and Ireland is getting pretty full of events – including Bookfair 2020, the first anarchist showing of its kind in London for three years.
It’s looking like a good crop this year with Dundee offering a whole new event while the London Radical Bookfair makes a return following its 2019 hiatus. We’ve also included in this edition a couple of other notable events which are not technically bookfairs, but fit the general theme!
Most of the regular showings are now declared (impressively well ahead of time in most cases), but we’ll keep updating as we go.
March 14th: Dundee
Boomerang Community Centre, 10 Kemback St, DD4 6ET
The first event of its kind in recent memory, the Dundee bookfair looks like it’ll be well organised, putting on free childcare, free lunch from 12-2pm from Food Not Bombs Dundee and hot drinks all day for donations. The organisers note: “We’re going to showcase some of the amazing groups doing work in Dundee and have a selection of independent vendors selling literature and zines.
“In the short term, we’re actively trying to connect local activists and groups so we can platform them as best we can with the hope that we’ll be able to help them grow and share lessons learned. Our long term aim is to establish an autonomous space in Dundee and we see this event as a vital part of that process. “
April 18th: Liverpool Anarchist Bookfair
At The Black-E, 1 Great George Street
More details soon.
The Anarchist Festival: May 1st-4th
Various times and places, see website for details
The idea is simple: groups or individuals put on their own anarchist events and actions, the programme is then collated and promoted on anarchist websites and social media. Last year was a success story with events across the country.
DEADLINE ALERT! Please be sure to submit your event by 1st April 2020 for inclusion in the programme. Any event submitted later than this date will not be included.
May 9th: Newcastle Ewan Brown Anarchist Bookfair
10am-11pm at Star and Shadow Cinema, 210 Warwick Street, NE2 1BB
With a good number of stalls already confirmed, a fantastic space at the Start and Shadow, and a set of interesting-looking workshops this year’s event, named in honour of the much loved Ewan Brown, is a must-see.
May 16th: Bristol Radical History Fair
10.30am- 4.30pm at M-Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN
This year’s event has two key themes, State & corporate surveillance since the late 18th century, and hidden histories of post-war Britain 1945-51.
June 20th: Edinburgh Anarchist Feminist Bookfair
10.30am-7pm at the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, 25 Nicolson Square, EH8 9BX
In year three and still going strong, the Edinburgh bookfair is busy putting together its content at the moment, and has put out calls for talks on a wide range of topics including fatphobia and the Scottish Witch Trials.
June 6th-13th: Anti-University 2020
Various times and places, check out their website for details.
Hosting its sixth festival of radical, decentralised and non-institutional education, anti-uni has just announced its formal schedule for this year.
April 4th-25th: Event registration period, May 9th: Program published, June 6th-13th: Events
Event page | Contact: antiuniversitynow at Gmail.com
June 27th: London Radical Bookfair
12pm-6pm at Goldsmiths University, Lewisham Way, SE14 6NW
Back after a break last year, there will be over 130 exhibitors this time round including only booksellers but also radical publishers, zine makers, artists and activists. Organised by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB).
August 8th: Dorset Radical Bookfair
11am-6pm at Dorchester Corn Exchange, High E Street, DT1 1HF
Dorchester managed a pretty reasonable showing last year despite unfortunate clashes with the Bradford Bookfair and the Dorset County Show, but will hopefully have the day more to itself this year. With stalls, talks, food, a dedicated kids area and lovely people, it’s worth a trip.
September 5th: Bradford Anarchist Bookfair
11.30am-5.30pm at the 1 in 12 Club, Albion Street 21-23, BD1 2LY
Bradford’s long-running anarchist hub does it for the third time running. Organiser Rebel Cat notes: “This year we are doing the stalls between 11.30 and 4.30pm with talks, poetry/performance art as well. This will be followed by an evening of Anarchist Games between 5pm and 7,15pm and finally to wrap the evening off we will have a DJ Request Show with snacks and chat with more informal games (bring along what you want to play)!”
October 17th: Bookfair 2020 – Anarchist Bookfair in London
Location – TBA / North London
A smaller affair than the pre-2017 London Bookfairs, but already pulling in some excellent speakers and with most of the major publishers on board, it’ll be an entertaining ride.
November 7th: Nottingham
At the Mechanics Institute, South Sherwood Street
Run by Five Leaves Bookshop, with lots of supporting events throughout the day, more details TBA.
Yet to declare:
Bristol (Anarchist): “Will either be late this year or into 2020” according to organisers. Facebook