In 2021 Derry will once again play host to our 5th annual Derry Radical Bookfair. In spite of ongoing restrictions and social distancing brought on by the current Covid 19 pandemic organisers will be focusing their efforts to build and promote the event which forms part of the city’s political calendar in the heart of the Bogside.
Organisers of the Derry Radical Bookfair will once again host the country’s largest selection of independent radical press, book sellers, publishers and distributors from across Ireland with a number of participants taking part from Scotland, England and Wales.
A spokesperson for the Derry Radical Bookfair said “It is difficult times for book traders and sellers both locally and globally due to the restrictions and conditions set out following the outbreak of the Coronavirus. Those who traded at street level had to close and adapt a more online network in which they could sell. Many small independent sellers will no doubt be considering if its possible to trade books again in the same way they have perviously while others will even be thinking of closing completely. The year has been a terrible shock in many ways however we are planning and focusing our energies towards the next radical book fair in 2021. We will plan and build towards the 30th January 2021 in the hope that we will be able to celebrate our 5th annual Derry Radical Bookfair.
“For many independent book sellers and distributers the event is even more important at this time in order to help support and encourage people to read and access historical and radical literature. We are proud to have a wide variety of political ideals and opinions expressed at the Derry Radical Bookfair. We pride ourselves in creating a space for books of local, national and international interests including social and labour history especially areas that cover radical feminism, queer liberation, anarchism, marxism, republicanism and environmentalism.
“In the proud tradition of the Bloody Sunday week of events and the March for Justice itself we also host a wide number of different campaign groups who get to have the opportunity to table stalls so as to highlight ongoing human rights, environmental and social justice issues. The event ties in well with the week long events as part of the run up to the annual Bloody Sunday March for Justice which keeps getting bigger and better.”
Derry Radical Bookfair takes place on Saturday 30th January 2021 from 12pm
until 5pm at the Pilots Row Community Centre in Rossville Street.